The World

A program that crosses borders and time zones to bring home the stories that matter.

Global weather woes as ‘rain bomb’ strikes Dubai

Heavy rains have dumped more than two years worth of precipitation on Dubai and surrounding nations. It’s in an extreme weather event analysts are linking to climate change. More than five inches of rain fell in 24 hours. And a controversial bishop in Australia is the latest victim of a knife attack. It’s the second-highest […]

What is the US’ role at this moment in the Middle East?

What is the US’ role at this moment in the Middle East, and does the Biden administration hold sway over what comes next? We speak with Retired Admiral John Kirby, who is the spokesman for the National Security Council. Also, Ukraine’s leadership has been calling on the US and other partners to replenish its air […]

Iran attack on Israel over the weekend

Iran used hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in an unprecedented attack on Israel over the weekend. It’s a turning point in the hostility between the two countries, and in the regional conflict in the Middle East. We have the latest on Israel, Iran and the US role in a deepening crisis as […]

Ongoing efforts to bring home hostages captured by Hamas

Ten years ago on Friday, the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 young women from a secondary school in Nigeria. A decade later, we hear how things have turned out for those women and their families. Also, The World’s team in Israel has spoken with the parents of an American-Israeli hostage about efforts to […]

After war in Israel ends, Biden looking for ‘revitalized’ Palestinian Authority leadership

We continue our focus on Israel and the Palestinian territories, with a trip to the West Bank. When the war in Gaza finally ends, the Biden White House is looking for “revitalized” leadership from the Palestinian Authority, which has sworn in a new technocratic government. But it’s not generating a lot of excitement from Palestinians, […]

A woman carrying a poster of person kidnapped on Oct. 7 during the cross-border attack by Hamas militants, walks past a poster depicting Israeli hostage Noa Argamani, 26, center, before a protest in Jerusalem, Sunday, April 7, 2024.

Israelis mark 6 months since Hamas attacks in southern Israel

Hamas’ deadly attacks on southern Israel on Oct. 7 left an estimated 1,200 people dead and 250 taken as hostages. Most of the world first saw the terrifying videos and images from the Nova music festival. We hear from witnesses who bore the brunt of these attacks and how they feel today. And, Israel is still planning to attack the southern Gaza city of Rafah, which borders Egypt. Nearly half of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents have been pushed there to take shelter as Israel continues to strike hard against Hamas. Also, a total solar eclipse makes its way across Mexico, the US and Canada on Monday. The city of Mazatlan, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, was the first place in continental North America on the path of totality, and more than half a million people traveled there to see it. Plus, Brazil’s Kamilla Cardoso is named “most outstanding player” of NCAA tournament.

Humanitarian aid is airdropped to Palestinians over Gaza City, Gaza Strip on March 25, 2024.

Israel faces international pressure following killing of aid workers

The killing of seven international World Central Kitchen staff members in an Israeli strike has brought a firestorm of criticism upon Israel. US President Joe Biden called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to do more to get humanitarian aid into Gaza. Israel responded by opening up a border crossing with the Gaza Strip. And, engineered quartz is the most popular choice for kitchen counters in many parts of the globe, including the US and Australia, but the tradespeople who cut and polish them are suffering from deadly silicosis. As of July 1, Australia will implement a complete ban on engineered stone. Also, since 2016, more than 500 women in Kenya have died in gender-related killings. While gender-based violence received national attention earlier this year, activists say interest in the issue has died down. Plus, Brazil’s Tropicália superstar Caetano Veloso is on tour. 

‘Sharing the burden’ of military service in Israel

In Israel, the ultra-Orthodox community has been exempt from military service. But Israel’s Supreme Court just ruled that yeshivas — Jewish religious seminaries — are being cut off from government funding because they don’t send students into the military. And, National Geographic Explorer Paul Salopek talks about his time in Cyprus, where he found the vestigial border line that divides the island’s Greek and Turkish communities. He walked through an abandoned tourist city, a relic of a border war that has never been fully resolved. Also, Spain is where quartz countertops first took off and where hundreds of cases of silicosis from dust inhalation soon developed. Today, modern machines and clearer safety rules are meant to keep workers healthy. But some worry that silica dust still reaches workers’ lungs. Plus, 30 years after Rwanda’s genocide, questions remain.