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Malawians vote for president (again) amid pandemic 

Jun 23, 2020

As countries around the world debate how to move forward with national elections amid the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Malawians head to the polls on Tuesday to vote for president —  again. 

Related: Coronavirus exposes Sudan's broken health care system

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Este artículo, publicado originalmente en Inglés, es parte de nuestra serie "Every 30 Seconds" , "Cada 30 Segundos", producida con el apoyo de la 

This story is part of "Every 30 Seconds," a collaborative public media reporting project tracing the young Latino electorate leading up to the 2020 presidential election and beyond.

For the last few months, Michelle Aguilar Ramirez’s life has been consumed by the stress of the coronavirus pandemic and classes on Zoom — and more recently, the Black Lives Matter protests in Seattle and around the country. 

Eusebius McKaiser wants white people to feel uncomfortable — or at least be willing to feel uncomfortable. 

McKaiser is a mixed-race South African. He's 41 and grew up during the tail end of apartheid. Today, he's popular across South Africa as an author, political analyst, broadcaster and podcaster. He has a background in moral philosophy.

In a dashcam video, officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police — or RCMP — stop the outspoken chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in northern Alberta for an expired license plate.

From the start, Chief Allan Adam appears angry and frustrated.

“I’m tired of being harassed by the RCMP.” 

Chief Allan Adam

“I’m tired of being harassed by the RCMP,” Adam says.

From Minneapolis to London and across the globe, protests continue over racism, police brutality, inequality and injustice. 

To understand what activists see as a moment of global solidarity, The World's host Marco Werman spoke with two of them.

After more than a decade evading charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, a Sudanese suspect, Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-al-Rahman, widely known as Ali Kushayb, finally appeared in court. 

On Monday, the 70-year-old could be seen via video link from an International Criminal Court (ICC) detention center, where he had been transferred last week after surrendering himself in the Central African Republic.

Sarah Hegazi will be remembered as someone who just wanted to be herself — and was imprisoned and tortured for doing so. On Saturday, the Egyptian LGBTQ activist died by suicide in exile in Canada. She was 30 years old. 

Hegazi’s friends trace the lead-up to her death to a moment in 2017 during a music festival in Cairo. As the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila played, Hegazi hoisted a rainbow flag above the crowd — a daring move in a country where homosexuality is taboo. A friend took her photo, and Hegazi became famous after the image spread across on social media.

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One week before George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, a young black man was fatally assaulted by police outside his home in a small town in southwestern Colombia.

Anderson Arboleda, 19, was chased by two police officers for breaking the pandemic curfew in the town of Puerto Tejada on May 20, his mother Claudia Ximena Arboleda said. When the officers caught up to him, they beat him over the head with batons and doused him in pepper spray. He died the next morning in a local hospital. 

Four years ago, JC, a teacher and poet from Mississippi, moved to China with her husband and two children on a grand adventure. Now, she teaches literature to high schoolers in Guangzhou.    

“It was going to be an opportunity for us to, I mean, essentially experience the American dream that's easier to find in other places than it is in America,” JC said.

Related: A massive Asian drug bust has stirred a fentanyl mystery

Trump proposes harsh asylum rules disqualifying many applicants

Jun 11, 2020

On Thursday, the Trump administration issued a proposal that would dramatically reshape the asylum system in the United States.

The proposal includes a number of changes that would make it more difficult for applicants to gain asylum in the US — including changing which applicants would get asylum hearings in the first place. 

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned of dire economic consequences of the novel coronavirus Wednesday — the pandemic looks to cause the worst recession in a century, outside of wartime.

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Calls for racial justice in the US are compelling some South Koreans to point out xenophobia in their own country and reexamine decades-old tensions between black and Korean communities.

On Saturday, around 100 demonstrators walked through downtown Seoul in protest of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in what was perhaps the first public showing of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the nation.

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As protests reverberate around the world over the police killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, some governments have urged would-be protesters to move their activism out of the streets over fears of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The United Nations has called the situation in Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis on earth. It’s the product of a five-year war, food shortages, widespread poverty and homelessness. And now, Yemen faces the coronavirus pandemic.  

Protests around the world are highlighting the way racism impacts every aspect of society. That includes health.

In Washington, DC, on Thursday, a congressional subcommittee met to examine the racial health inequalities around the spread of COVID-19.

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During the worldwide COVID-19 lockdown, activists in some countries made historic gains in the fight to stop the practice of female genital mutilation, or FGM, which involves removing a girl’s clitoris. 

FGM is condemned by the World Health Organization as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. An estimated 200 million girls and women worldwide have undergone FGM, which is practiced in at least 27 African countries and parts of Asia and the Middle East.

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This story is part of "Every 30 Seconds," a collaborative public media reporting project tracing the young Latino electorate leading up to the 2020 presidential election and beyond. 

Adela Diaz returned to campus at the University of Arizona in Tucson from spring break in early March to find that the world had shifted. 

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In late March, Jim Murren, the head of Nevada’s coronavirus task force, was on a conference call that made one thing clear: Las Vegas was not ready to reopen.

During the Cold War, the United States took hundreds of thousands of surveillance images of the Soviet Union using spy satellites.

The project was called — in an odd historical twist — “CORONA.”

Developed in the 1950s and used throughout the 1970s, CORONA surveillance was used to look for nuclear weapons. 

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Along the Amazon River, people have long moved freely among the small towns that sit where the borders of Brazil, Colombia and Peru converge — walking and driving between countries, or rafting from one shore to another. 

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