World Today

March 17, 2021

South by Southwest Festival returns, virtually

For nearly 35 years now, the hugely popular South by Southwest festival has celebrated the arts, tech, culture and all things creative in Austin, Texas. This opportunity for sensory overload takes over the town each March.

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March 16, 2021

The rise and fall of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s luster has faded amid numerous sexual harassment allegations and a nursing home scandal that has prompted a growing number of lawmakers to call for his resignation.

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Brazil’s hidden trail brings economic hope amid COVID-19
March 15, 2021

Brazil’s hidden trail brings economic hope amid COVID-19

Some of Rio’s favelas are located in mountains with breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro “the Marvelous city”. One favela has created a tourism agency that offers hiking tours and brought economic hope to the city. See how the COVID-19 is impacting favelas in Brazil.

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10 years of war in Syria shows no signs of ending
March 15, 2021

10 years of war in Syria shows no signs of ending

The Syrian civil war has been going on for 10 years, since 2011, and shows no signs of ending. It has killed more than half a million people, forced nearly 12 million Syrians to flee for their lives, and led to one of the worst humanitarian tragedies since World War II and the largest refugee crisis of our time.

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March 12, 2021

What’s in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan?

The most high-profile measure in the bill is a $1,400-dollar direct payment for those earning up to $75,000 dollars a year, $112,500 for heads of household and $150,000 for married couples filing jointly. The stimulus checks should start arriving this weekend for some who have a direct deposit set up with the IRS or by mailed checks. They’re meant to help people pay bills and encourage spending to boost the economy. Experts say most Americans will use that money.

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March 12, 2021

California health care workers push for better conditions

Over the last year, the National Nurses United union has held more than 2,000 actions, including rallies, caravans and even memorials. Nearly 3,000 U.S. healthcare workers have died from COVID-19, including 340 nurses. That’s added urgency to another healthcare union demand — proper PPE, personal protective equipment.

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March 11, 2021

Mexico legalizes Marijuana

Mexican lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, clearing the way for the bill to become law, and creating one of the world’s largest markets for the drug along the way.

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How much it would cost to reopen schools amid COVID-19?
March 9, 2021

How much it would cost to reopen schools amid COVID-19?

Reopen schools bring the public health risk of viral resurgence during COVID-19. In California, many schools try to improve indoor air quality by installing modern air filters or purifiers entirely. How much it would cost to reopen schools in the U.S. amid COVID-19?

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Spring break causes COVID-19 concerns in Florida
March 9, 2021

Spring break causes COVID-19 concerns in Florida

he COVID-19 pandemic outlook in the U.S. continues to improve. Health authorities keep asking Americans to refrain from traveling. But in Florida, locals are celebrating the comeback of tourism and jobs during the spring break. Should we travel for the spring break during COVID-19?

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Jury selection begins for Derek Chauvin's murder trial
March 9, 2021

Jury selection begins for Derek Chauvin’s murder trial

After a one day delay, the trial for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death began. Jury selection is underway. Attorney’s face a challenge picking people that do not have preconceived opinions and knowledge of the details of Floyd’s death. Protesters marched through downtown Minneapolis and are expected to be present through the trial. See the latest.

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The impact of COVID-19 on moms in the U.S.
March 2, 2021

The impact of COVID-19 on moms in the U.S.

Mothers have disproportionately felt the burden of the pandemic in the U.S. With a majority of U.S. schools closed to in-person instruction, many working mothers have had to quit their jobs to care for their children. See how COVID-19 pandemic is impacting moms in the U.S.

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February 26, 2021

Cuba and Iran collaborate on COVID-19 vaccine

Cuban scientists say their most advanced COVID-19 vaccine is entering a critical phase next month. It’s a process being carried out jointly with Iran. If all goes well, the vaccine could be ready for distribution in April.

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February 26, 2021

Petare, Venezuela celebrates 400 years

The municipality of Petare in Caracas has been celebrating 400 years since its foundation this week. The shantytown is one of the biggest in the world. Its residents say it’s sometimes negative reputation does not tell its full story. Stephen Gibbs explains. Outsiders always struggle […]

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February 26, 2021

COVID-19 test vending machines

While the U.S. has certainly beefed up its COVID-19 testing, there’s still plenty to be desired. And now one company is trying to make it as easy as getting a can of Coke out of a vending machine.

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