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The Kremlin is busy sharpening its tools to silence opponents of President Vladimir Putin. It recently tested out Russia's countrywide alternative to the global internet.

This week, police also raided the office of Moscow's most well-known opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, and his team.

On top of that, one of Navalny's close allies, Ruslan Shaveddinov, was forcibly conscripted into the army.

Nikita Kulachenkov knows Shaveddinov from his own work with Navalny's group, the Anti-Corruption Foundation. Kulachenkov spoke to The World's host Marco Werman from Berlin. 

According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, US President Donald Trump is historically unpopular in many countries around the globe, particularly among residents of US allies. There are exceptions, however — including Nigeria.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani had just come off a failed presidential bid when he went back to work as a private consultant in 2008. Giuliani is now at the center of the impeachment of US President Donald Trump. But more than a decade ago, one of his first clients after returning from the US campaign trail was a towering, 6-feet-7-inch Ukrainian boxer named Vitali Klitschko. Klitschko's former boxing name: Dr. Ironfist.

A 19-year-old Honduran woman was nearly separated from her newborn soon after giving birth while in US Customs and Border Protection custody this month, shortly after crossing the US southern border.  

The teen had turned herself into CBP agents at the border while in labor, seeking medical services she could not get in Tijuana, Mexico, where she had been previously.

Data can tell us a lot about things that have already happened. As our increasingly digital world produces an ever-more complete record of world happenings large and small, our ability to roll back the clock and see exactly how things played out has never been greater. But, like, who cares about yesterday’s news, man?

For a certain type of policymaker, bent on throwing off the shackles of chronology, the promise of big data is not that it can elucidate the past but that it can predict the future.

Candidates lay out China policy in Democratic debate

Dec 20, 2019

Seven presidential contenders faced off in California Thursday evening for the final Democratic debate before heading into the new year.  

One topic came up that really hadn't before: China. Some of the Democratic candidates called for a more aggressive stance towards China. 

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden took on China, criticizing the authoritarian country’s actions against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and Muslim Uighurs.

When thousands of people took to the streets of Khartoum on Thursday, Dec. 19, it felt like déjà vu.

Massive nationwide protests swept Sudan a year ago as anger over bread prices and a crippling economy grew into calls for longtime leader Omar al-Bashir to step down. Since April, mass demonstrations have become a common scene in Khartoum, the capital, when hundreds of thousands of protesters first staged a sit-in outside the country’s army headquarters with their demands. 

But Thursday’s demonstration was not a protest.

Protests erupted across India last week when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which passed both houses of parliament on Dec. 11, 2019. 

The CAA intends to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who face religious persecution in their respective countries — but excludes nationality to Muslims. 

In 2020, events across the US will mark a century since American women gained the right to vote. But those women were part of a much broader movement — a global movement that began in Australia 125 years ago this month.

That’s when women there won the vote, proving to the world that many of the dire predictions critics of suffrage had made wouldn’t come to pass.

"It's not by strategy or stealth [that Australian women won suffrage.] It's actually by accident.”

Clare Wright, historian, La Trobe University, Australia

“There’s no turning back now,” says 23-year-old history student Frank Araneda, his dark eyes shaded by a baseball cap in the evening sun in Maipú, a low-income neighborhood outside of Santiago.

“Chile will never go back to how it was before, and that’s a good thing,” he says. “It’s time we rebuilt society with different principles at its core — ones that represent all of us.”

Facebook content moderators sue over psychological trauma

Dec 12, 2019

Editor’s note: This story references violent acts and scenes.  

In the summer of 2017, Chris Gray walked into Facebook’s Dublin office for his first day of work as a content moderator.

“It's one of these very trendy, California-style open offices. Bright yellow emojis painted on the wall. It's all very pretty, very airy, seems very cool.”

Chris Gray, former content moderator for Facebook

The Washington Post’s "Afghanistan Papers" paint a picture of a long-running quagmire: A war without a defined objective waged against an unclear enemy and a battlefield strategy deeply out of touch with ground realities. US officials have long known the war was unwinnable, and they systematically concealed this from the US public.

The world’s biggest oil producer is making its first public stock offering this week.

The Saudi Arabian Oil Company, also known as Saudi Aramco, is offering 1.5% of the company in an initial public offering on the Saudi stock exchange.

A flourish of red and green flags and giant multicolored buses marked the arrival of Colombia’s Indigenous Guard to Bogotá to take part in a third national strike last week. They were greeted by cheering supporters, surrounded by murals of Che Guevara and other deceased left-wing leaders at Colombia’s largest public university, where they were being hosted.

On Dec. 3, 2019, Everjoyce Juma gave birth to her first child in a "backyard" maternity ward in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital — after being turned away by weary nurses at her local public clinic. 

In September, over 500 doctors under the banner of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) went on strike over poor working conditions and inadequate salaries, but it wasn’t until last month that nurses in Harare joined them — further crippling Zimbabwe’s already deteriorating health sector.