Several people are shown wearing protective face masks and standing behind a red string with several folded paper airplanes attached.

EU imposes sanctions on Belarus over Protasevich arrest

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Top of The World: The EU has agreed to impose sanctions on Belarus, in response to the forced diversion of a commercial flight to detain activist and opposition journalist Roman Protasevich. And, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in the Middle East following a deadly 11-day war between Israel and Hamas and vowed to aid Gaza. Also, Tuesday marks one year since the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Police at night lining the street with police cars in the background with their lights on

Report: Police treatment of African Americans in the US amounts to crimes against humanity

A man holds a sign at George Floyd Square, April 21, 2021, in Minneapolis, a day after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all counts for the 2020 death of Floyd.

Despite Chauvin verdict, ACLU says the US still needs international accountability

George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd is shown lifting his dark-rimmed glasses up to wipes his eyes.

Chauvin guilty verdict results in cheers and relief

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African American Mayor Mike Elliott poses in a dark gray suit

Brooklyn Center mayor on Chauvin trial: Black people can no longer tolerate ‘a state of terror’

Derek Chauvin in gray suit hold microphone as he speaks, while sitting next to his lawyer

Prosecutor: Chauvin ‘had to know’ George Floyd’s life was in danger


Closing arguments began with Minneapolis on edge against a repeat of the violence that erupted in the city and around the US last spring over George Floyd’s death.

A large black and white portrait of George Floyd is shown afixed to the wall of a Cup Foods store with flowers placed in snow piles.

Global focus returns to Minneapolis as jury selection begins for Chauvin trial

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Top of The World: Jury selection begins this week in a Minneapolis courtroom for Derek Chauvin’s trial for the death of George Floyd — a case that sparked widespread outrage and global protests. And, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been released from prison but her future remains uncertain. Also, a widely discussed and eye-opening interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has captured headlines around the world.

Demonstrators gesture and shout during a Black Lives Matter protest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, in London, Britain, June 13, 2020.

Black Lives Matter organizers in the US and UK compare and contrast the global movement


The World’s host Marco Werman speaks with Siana Bangura, an author, poet and organizer in London, and Miski Noor, an organizer and writer with Black Visions Collective in Minneapolis. They’ve each been organizing and pushing for changes to policing in their cities for years.

A grainy photograph showing smoke rising in the distance from a destroyed building.

North Korea destroyed the liaison office with the South; Beijing imposed coronavirus restrictions; France backs away from chokehold ban

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In a dramatic escalation of tensions, North Korea blew up the liaison office used to improve relations with South Korea on Tuesday. And, in a move to stop a flare-up of new coronavirus cases, Beijing has imposed restrictions on public transport and banned high-risk people, such as those in close contact with others who have tested positive for COVID-19, from leaving the city. Also, three Indian soldiers were killed today in a confrontation with Chinese troops in the disputed border region of Kashmir.

A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "George Floyd, justice" during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd and the arrival of US troops in Colombian territory, in Bogotá, Colombia, on June 3, 2020.

Black Lives Matter protests renew parallel debates in Brazil, Colombia

Conflict & Justice

Across the Americas, police violence disproportionately targets young black men. The protests sparked by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis have shined a new light on police brutality in South America.