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The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. It airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on KERA 90.1 FM. 

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Editor's note: At 1 p.m. ET on July 5, 2018, after this report was filed, Homeland Security announced that it will be extending Temporary Protected Status for people from Yemen. Those immigrants will now be allowed to stay until March 3, 2020.

Until recently, Samuel Romain would say he wasn’t the most politically engaged person. In fact, the 16-year-old student says if he had things his way, he would be spending his summer days doing the things that most French teenagers are probably doing — lounging in a park with friends, sharing an ice cream, maybe working at a summer job.

But this summer isn’t like that. Romain and thousands of other graduating high school students have been heading out to protest.

“I need to come and scream to say I’m angry,” Romain says.

José González keeps his phone, Bluetooth earpiece, a notepad and a pencil on his nightstand. He never silences his phone because it could mean a missed call in the middle of the night from a child or a caseworker at a government shelter near the border.

But he’s not a lawyer or health care worker. He’s often called at his home in Florida to interpret from his native language, Q'anjob'al.

One night, he interpreted for a 9-year-old girl who had been separated from her older brother at the border. Another night it was an 8-year-old girl taken from her father.

What does it mean to live in the United States instead of China?

For China’s most prominent political cartoonist, Rebel Pepper, a dissident with a gentle smile and a wicked brush, it’s the difference between life as a wild pig and a domesticated one.

Kept pigs “think they live a carefree life because people feed them. But one day, they will be slaughtered,” Rebel, whose real name is Wang Liming, said in a May interview in Washington, DC, where he now lives.

The #MeToo movement continues to resonate around the world, and France is no exception. There was a remarkable development there this month.

A notorious rock singer was pressured into canceling the remainder of his tour in the face of a public outcry. Bertrand Cantat, once the frontman for the popular 1990s band Noir Désir, had been attempting several career comebacks over the past decade. But faced with mounting protests, he had to give up. This is why.

'For people like you, there is no law'

Jul 2, 2018

A few months ago Baner Morales went to the bank. He saw a couple acquaintances, said hi, made small talk and cashed his check. Later he learned that rumors were spreading about him.

One of the employees at the bank who knew Morales had gossiped to a colleague, revealing that Morales is a transgender man. The two employees went through his file and found his identification that still indicates female despite Morales’ male appearance —  the gender he identifies with.

'Deadly day' at Maryland newspaper mirrors dangers for journalists around the world

Jun 29, 2018

After a deadly shooting Thursday at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, the United States finds itself in third place this year on the list of deadliest countries in the world for journalists — behind Afghanistan and Syria.

"We were never not trying," said Bianca Smith, 43, about all the years she and her husband, Vinny Smith, spent trying to have a baby.

While sitting in her air-conditioned condo in South Pasadena, Florida, Bianca described her fertility woes. She's lived in this coral-colored building for the last two years after moving from the UK. She wanted to go someplace sunny — unlike England, where she jokes the sun comes out only three days a year. 

"We were never not trying," said Bianca Smith, 43, about all the years she and her husband, Vinny Smith, spent trying to have a baby.

While sitting in her air-conditioned condo in South Pasadena, Florida, Bianca described her fertility woes. She's lived in this coral-colored building for the last two years after moving from the UK. She wanted to go someplace sunny — unlike England, where she jokes the sun comes out only three days a year. 

When France won its first and only World Cup on July 12, 1998, in a 3-0 upset against the favorite, Brazil, the nation erupted in delirium. More than a million people descended on the Champs Élysées in Paris to celebrate.

It was a defining moment in France’s history, says Alban Traquet, a reporter for France’s leading sports daily, l’Équipe.

“The two major moments of collective euphoria, in terms of crowds on the street, are the liberation [of Paris in 1944] and the World Cup victory in 1998,” he says.

The government now faces hard deadlines to reunite children and parents separated at the border.

The June 26 nationwide injunction, issued by US District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego, ordered the government to end its family separation policy and speed reunifications — a response to the aftermath of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” prosecution of migrants at the border.

Dr. Jack Shonkoff from Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child joined The World’s Rupa Shenoy at The Forum, at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for a Facebook Live on June 28, 2018.

America’s leading coal state looks to the wind

Jun 27, 2018

Wyoming’s economy is dominated by coal, other fossil fuels and mineral extraction. The formula here has worked — residents in Wyoming enjoy among the highest per capita GDP in the nation. So naturally, there’s been some hostility toward new sources of energy that could threaten that.

Soccer is fun. Just ask the thousands of fans who are currently pouring into Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup games.

But the "beautiful game" also has its dark side.

One example is how the stadiums and venues for the sport come to be. In 2022, Qatar, a small country in the Persian Gulf, will host the World Cup games. And the rush to build new stadiums and other venues is well underway. Who builds these giant, glitzy structures? Migrant workers — men like Calton, a 30-year-old Kenyan who left his home in 2014 and came to Qatar in the hope of earning a better income.

‘I lost trust in the system,’ says US citizen now unable to reunite with his Yemeni family

Jun 27, 2018

Abdo Elfgeeh, a naturalized US citizen, hoped his Yemeni wife and four children would be allowed to join him in the United States. And soon.

Now, after the US Supreme Court’s Tuesday decision in favor of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, he’s about given up.

Following the recent thaw in tensions that paved the way for historic summits between leaders of the US, South and North Korea, fear of prolonged hostility between the Koreas has been overshadowed by a renewed sense of hope.

Lee Cheong-yun experienced the war first-hand. He still remembers hearing the rising sound of machine gun fire, artillery explosions and the roar of tanks that signaled the ensuing siege of Seoul by North Korean forces.

Recently, the comedian James Corden featured the legendary musician Paul McCartney on his popular Late Late Show segment, "Carpool Karaoke."

The recurring segment features famous musicians joining Corden in a car while they sing along to the musician’s hits. To the delight of viewers around the globe, McCartney sang songs from The Beatles, including “Drive My Car."

In the debate over legal and illegal immigration, the gray zones are large. Here’s an example.

There are hundreds of thousands of US-born children living in Mexico and Central American countries who are United States citizens by birth, but can’t prove it, according to the US embassy in Mexico City. In Mexico alone, there are about 600,000 children who were born in the US. About half of them are stuck in a complicated bureaucratic loop. If they tried to enter the US, they would be turned back.

One of the thousands of parents who have been separated from their kids at the southern border, Magdalena didn’t hear about the recent executive order reversing the family separation policy, because she’s already been deported to Guatemala.

Magdalena is in hiding. She lives with her eldest brother and follows him wherever he goes, like a shadow.

“I am always home. I never go anywhere, and if my brother goes somewhere, I will go with him,” Magdalena says on the phone through an interpreter. “I never stay in the home alone.”

A Spanish-language play in Miami that's been showing since January, until recently, featured a character in blackface.

The promotional video for "Tres Viudas en un Crucero" (Three Widows on a Cruise) shows a fair-skinned actress smeared in brown makeup and overdrawn big red lips, pounding her chest and joking about having fun like gorillas.

After public backlash, the play’s directors announced at the end of May that they would no longer show the character in blackface, though they initially defended the practice.

On a Monday night, down a dark street in Mexico City’s Narvarte neighborhood, I get buzzed in to a building and feel my way down a pitch-black alleyway toward an apartment in the back. Dozens of people spill out of the living room and onto the patio, straining to hear.

The Department of Justice has asked a federal court to modify a court settlement that restricts the federal government from detaining migrant children indefinitely or in prison-like conditions.

I live in Denver, Colorado, 1,500 miles from the border with Mexico.

But in May and June of this year, I cared for three toddlers, each 1 to 2 years old, who were separated from their parents at the border. They were my patients. All of the information I learned about them, I obtained from their foster parents. While I have no way to independently verify what I was told, I also have no reason to doubt the information that I was given.

Muhammed Erdogan is six hours late for his meetings in the headquarters of his construction business in the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa. He has three cell phones and they all keep ringing.

Erdogan says he’s still recovering from the previous day’s campaigning in the hot sun for his hero and namesake, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Presidential and parliamentary elections are set for June 24 and Muhammed Erdogan is running as the only Syrian Turk in the race.

Frightening stories about climate change seem to come in a never-ending wave these days.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending his administration’s policy of separating migrant children and parents at the southern border. Instead, the order says, they will be kept together in detention as their legal cases are resolved.

The UK’s move away from coal means they’re burning wood from the US

Jun 20, 2018

The 12 cooling towers at the Drax Power Station have dominated the flat North Yorkshire countryside since the plant was built to burn coal from local mines in the '60s.

At 9 years old, my grandfather Lew Din Wing was separated from his family and placed in immigration detention.

In 2002, I went to visit YeYe in his San Francisco apartment and I brought a tape recorder with me. He told me about his experience in detention in the last conversation we had before he died. Now, 16 years later, I can still listen to his voice, his labored breathing, and his life story. Or at least I can listen to the story he wanted to live on.

How far would you go to have a biological child?

Jun 20, 2018

Surrogacy is a multimillion-dollar, global industry. People who face infertility have tough choices when it comes to deciding whether to keep trying to get pregnant via infertility treatments like in vitro fertilization — only to experience disappointment when it doesn’t take — or resort to surrogacy, which can get complicated.

A key battle to capture a seaport in Yemen is entering its second week, as residents and humanitarian workers worry fighting could soon reach civilian neighborhoods.

Yemeni troops, backed by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, claim to have captured an airport just south of the city of Hodeidah. And inside the city center, residents can hear explosions from airstrikes, artillery and mortars.