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Mojib Ghaznawi says that before he was born, American diplomats saved his family.

“I'm sure there are very specific individuals that are part of my story that I've never met,” said Ghaznawi, who is studying at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government on a scholarship from the US State Department.

It has been a whirlwind week of impeachment and Ukraine news.

On Tuesday, Bill Taylor, acting top US diplomat in Ukraine, offered damning testimony to House investigators in the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump. In his opening statement, Taylor said, “I became increasingly concerned that our relationship with Ukraine was being fundamentally undermined by an irregular, informal channel of US policymaking and by the withholding of vital security assistance for domestic political reasons.”

José Spinelli, a 62-year-old taxi driver in Buenos Aires, Argentina, used to support right-wing President Maurico Macri.

But in this Sunday's presidential election, he's switching to Alberto Fernández, who, according to the polls, is winning over hundreds of thousands of Argentines.

What makes a protest effective? 

Oct 21, 2019

Major protests have exploded across the world over the past week, with people taking to the streets in Lebanon, Barcelona and Chile. That's on top of recent demonstrations in Hong Kong, Haiti, Iraq and elsewhere.  

So, what makes a protest effective? 

Orion Lewis, a professor of political science at Middlebury College in Vermont, studies this for a living. Lewis told The World's host Marco Werman it's not a coincidence all these protests are happening at once.

A massive polio vaccine campaign launched last week in the Philippines, with people going door-to-door giving kids droplets of the oral vaccine.

After being polio free for nearly two decades, polio has returned to the Philippines. Two cases were identified last month. Now, the nation is trying to vaccinate more than a million children below the age of 5.

Isabelle Laurans and her boyfriend tried for years to have a baby. When nothing else worked, they decided to try in vitro fertilization, or IVF. 

But halfway through the process, Laurans' boyfriend changed his mind. He dumped her the day they were supposed to make the embryo in the lab.

Laurans says she doesn’t remember most of what went through her mind that day. What she does recall is the overwhelming fear that she’d never get to be a mom.

“I was 38. I knew it would be perhaps too late for me if I waited for a new relationship.”

After President Donald Trump pulled US troops out of northern Syria, some captured ISIS fighters escaped, leading to a bipartisan outcry.

At the Oct. 15 Democratic presidential debate, candidates said Trump had increased the danger to the US from ISIS.

Does the chaos in Syria help ISIS?

Oct 17, 2019

As the Turkish military continues its incursion into northeast Syria, there are reports of ISIS detainees leaving prisons and detention camps.

Five ISIS detainees escaped from Navkur prison last Friday after Turkish mortars landed nearby, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is responsible for all of the ISIS prisons in northern Syria.

Standing between the racks of knock-off Ray-Ban and Gucci sunglasses, Vladimir Borsch guards boxes of retro-looking metal and plastic eyeglass frames that were produced across the street in the 1980s and 1990s. 

“The quality was much higher back then,” Borsch says. “Now everything comes from China.”

At least half of kids under the age of 5 — or about 350 million children worldwide —  are vitamin-deficient, according to a sweeping report from UNICEF released Tuesday. The problem of diet for millions of people in both rich and poor countries has changed, with many more children suffering not from straight-up hunger but malnutrition. 

Turkey ignored US sanctions and pressed on with its offensive in northern Syria on Tuesday, while the Russia-backed Syrian army roared into Manbij, Syria, one of the most hotly contested cities abandoned by US forces following an abrupt policy shift by President Donald Trump.

Russian and Syrian flags were flying from a building on the city outskirts, and from a convoy of military vehicles. In Manbij, Syrian troops were manning joint checkpoints, Reuters reported.

Northern Ireland has dominated the Brexit negotiations over the last few months. But even if British Prime Minister Boris Johnson manages to appease those on both sides of the Irish border, there’s another problem brewing — further north of Westminster — in Scotland.

Ever since the Brexit result, calls for another referendum on Scottish Independence have been growing, as worries grow over what Brexit might mean for the future of the United Kingdom and Scotland.

Crude oil has been washing up on the coast of the Brazilian northeast for over a month, leaving more than 150 of Brazil’s postcard-perfect beaches covered in thick, sludgy black patches. 

The origin of the oil, found in nine Brazilian states along a 1,200-mile stretch of coastline, remains unknown. People who fish, bathe and swim in these waters have been affected.

The turmoil and chaos in northern Syria is growing deeper. A Turkish military incursion following the pullout of US troops has forced tens of thousands of people to flee from their homes. The displacement is taking place in the Kurdish-controlled region of Syria, which until now had enjoyed years of relative peace. 

US President Donald Trump said Monday he will sanction Turkey's aggression in northern Syria. 

The phone call between US President Donald Trump and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine that launched the impeachment inquiry is generating a growing cast of characters.

Add to that list: Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. They are the two men arrested this week at Washington Dulles Airport with one-way tickets to Europe.

Related: Why transcripts of Trump's calls with heads of state are so hard to get

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