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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday no Americans were harmed in the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attacks on military bases housing US troops in Iraq, and urged world powers to forge a new nuclear deal with Tehran. 

Iranian state television said Iran had fired 15 ballistic missiles from its territory at US targets in neighboring Iraq on Wednesday. The targets were al-Asad air base and another facility in Erbil, the Pentagon said.

Australian firefighters used a break from searing temperatures on Tuesday to strengthen containment lines around huge wildfires as the financial and environmental costs of the crisis mounted.

More than 25.5 million acres of land — an area the size of South Korea — have been razed by bushfires across the country in recent weeks, according to the latest data, with the southeast particularly hard hit.

Imagery posted online from the Himawari 8 Japanese satellite and NASA's Earth Observatory showed plumes of smoke from the fires reaching as far as South America.

The US and Iran part III - the hostage crisis

Jan 6, 2020

The upheaval following the overthrow of the Shah of Iran was profound.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile in February 1979. The old regime collapsed a couple of weeks later, but it was not clear what sort of government would replace it.

Shaul Bakhash, who teaches Middle East history at George Mason University, was still in his native Iran during the revolution. He says the joy on the streets there quickly gave way to fear.

The United States is sending nearly 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East from the 82nd Airborne Division as a precaution amid rising threats to American forces in the region, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Iran promised vengeance after a US airstrike in Baghdad on Friday killed Qasem Soleimani, Tehran's most prominent military commander and the architect of its growing influence in the Middle East.

Protests that rocked The World in 2019

Dec 30, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, citizens across the globe continue to protest injustices, demand reforms and push for regime change. From India to Iraq, Venezuela to Algeria, Haiti to Spain, Hong Kong to Colombia, Puerto Rico to Iran, millions of people reached their breaking points. 

Gas. Bread. A subway ticket: The soaring cost of everyday necessities sparked protests that spiraled into major movements in countries like France, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Sudan and Chile. 

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.”

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