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PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.

PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.
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PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.








Boris Johnson's landslide victory in Britain

Prime Minister Boris Johnson won in a landslide in Britain's general election on Thursday, Dec. 12. The polls earlier had given Johnson's Conservative Party an advantage but it wasn't even close and now Brexit appears likely to move forward. And, the US-China trade war might be closer to ending. Officials in Washington and Beijing have confirmed they've reached a preliminary agreement on a trade deal. And, a historic electric aircraft flight took place in Canada. The World is a public media...


Voters head to the polls in Algeria and the UK

Voters in the United Kingdom and Algeria are holding general elections Thursday. And in Israel, people woke up to learn that they will vote yet again — for the third time in less 12 months — in a national election, now set for early March. In non-election-related news, the "Christmas Book Flood" is about to hit Iceland. It's a tradition when publishers flood the shelves with new releases, setting up books as a gift-giving tradition. The World is a public media news program that relies on...


NAFTA gets an update

In an era of extreme partisanship in Washington DC, Democrats and Republicans cooperated to get a trade deal done updating the North American Free Trade Agreement. US President Donald Trump hailed the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement as "the best and most important trade ever." House speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was "much better than NAFTA." But what about the views from Mexico and Canada? Plus, which countries are taking the lead at the international climate conference in Madrid right now?...


The House moves forward with articles of impeachment

Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives presented formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Tuesday. The first article is on abuse of power and the second is on obstruction of Congress. And, "fly less" is one of the big messages from climate activists in Europe where the EU is considering measures to limit short-haul flights. But what about the alternatives for travel? Also, the classic Christmas film "Love Actually" gets a minor role in the rhetoric of the UK...


Ukraine and Russia peace talks begin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is in Paris on Monday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time at a summit hosted by Germany and France. Plus, the story of Aung San Suu Kyi's testimonies in The Hague this week in support of Myanmar's government. Also, a new generation in Finnish politics has helped make Sanna Marin the new prime minister. At 34, Marin has become the world’s youngest prime minister. The World is a public media news program that relies on the...


Russia and Ukraine set for peace talks

On Monday, the leaders of Ukraine and Russia are set to meet in Paris for the start of peace talks over the war in eastern Ukraine — we have a preview. And in India, police in Hyderabad took four men accused of rape and murder back to the scene of the crime. The suspects allegedly tried to steal weapons, and police shot the four men dead. Also, Barcelona is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. But all those visitors are taking a toll on the people who actually live there. The World is...


Widespread strikes over pension reform shutdown France

President Emmanuel Macron's promise to reform France's pension system triggered massive protests and strikes around the country Thursday. And, a nationwide measles outbreak has closed businesses and schools in Samoa. Also, the European Union has declared "balsamic" a general term, striking down the attempt by vinegar makers in Modena, Italy, to have the label exclusively for themselves. The World is a public media news program that relies on the support of listeners like you. Donate today...


How do you define impeachable behavior?

Four constitutional scholars testified Wednesday at the House Judiciary Committee and tried to tackle how to define impeachable behavior as part of the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump. Also, the summit of NATO leaders wrapped up in the United Kingdom with a joint statement and photo op — but the show of unity masks tensions. Also, Native American children in Canada and Alaska have declared a climate emergency. They're headed to the climate summit in...


Tension between allies as NATO summit begins

All eyes are on NATO as the 70th anniversary summit gets underway in London. We speak with Ambassador Karen Pierce, the UK's representative to the United Nations, about the tension that's opened up between US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. Also, Trump is making additional international headlines while in London by threatening new tariffs against Argentinian and Brazilian steel, along with some French luxury goods. And, "Baby Shark" gets a Navajo language...


London knife attack enters the political debate

Friday's stabbing in London has now become a campaign issue in the UK's snap general election, which is set for Dec. 12. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is blaming the opposition Labour Party for the incident — which has upset many, including the father of one of the stabbing victims. And, NATO is celebrating 70 years this week in London. It will be a low-key affair, considering US President Donald Trump's dismissive statements about the mutual defense treaty. Further dampening the celebration...


Iraqi prime minister to resign

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi says he will resign after one of the bloodiest days of anti-government protests. Also, French politicians and environmentalists say oui to banning Black Friday, maintaining that it really doesn't save people money and it hurts the Earth. Plus, it's been 400 years since the first Africans were brought to the English colonies as slaves. We'll tell you how people in Ghana are still grappling with the role that their ancestors played in the slave trade. The...


Trump signs Hong Kong human rights act

President Donald Trump signed a plan to authorize sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses in Hong Kong. This move signals support for pro-democracy activists, but it could make for some tricky negotiations with Beijing. Also, new pressures are being put on America’s inland hydro highway — the Mississippi River — which helps deliver US goods and commodities to the world and allows trade flows to return. With record precipitation earlier this year, the...


Veterans recall Thanksgiving deployments

On this Thanksgiving eve, we'll hear from veterans remembering some Thanksgiving moments while deployed. Hear about having dinner in Saddam Hussein's former palace and procuring live turkeys with the help of Peshmerga guards. Plus, how China's Communist Party perceives the impeachment proceedings in Washington. Also, Germany's far-right party — Alternative for Germany — is targeting the country's theaters, art and cultural institutions. The World is a public media news program that relies...


UN climate report paints a bleak picture

A new UN report about climate emissions shows that the world is way off track to meet the goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement. Also, Russia is under fire again for allegedly falsifying laboratory data and could be banned from major global sporting events. Plus, the world's top rated sushi restaurant has been removed from the Michelin guide. The fabled restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro was featured in the 2011 film "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." So, what happened? The World is a public media news...


Is US military discipline in jeopardy?

US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer is out of a job after disagreeing with President Donald Trump over the case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Also, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong had record voter turnout in a landslide victory for local council district elections. So, what comes next? And, a new study shows striking similarities in world music; suggests music may impact culture more than culture impacts music. The World is a public media news program that relies on the support of...


US security assistance to Ukraine

Since 2014, the US has committed more than $1.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine. How does Ukraine’s military use those funds, and why are they so essential? Plus, the name Sergii Leshchenko keeps coming up in conjunction with the US impeachment inquiry. He's a former member of Ukraine's parliament and now a journalist. Republicans say he helped the Democratic Party in the 2016 US presidential elections, which Leshchenko denies. And, we've got an interview with Robbie Robertson,...


Impeachment inquiry witness: 'Stop spreading conspiracies about Ukraine'

The impeachment proceedings continued Thursday. The star witness told lawmakers to stop spreading conspiracies about Ukraine. Also, far away from Washington, in northern Syria, President Donald Trump has moved American troops out of population centers and toward oil fields. This has given some Syrians the impression that their lives don't matter. And cricket is going pink. The World is a public media news program that relies on the support of listeners like you. Donate today during our...


Impeachment bombshells

Among those testifying today was Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the European Union. The World is covering the implications of his testimony and what we know about President Trump's political activities in Ukraine. Also today, the story of an orangutan named Sandra who was given "personhood" rights in Argentina. And, should traditional Chinese medicine be included in the WHO's diagnostic guide? Top European medical experts don't think so.


US sides with Israel on settlements

Among those testifying in today's impeachment hearings was Jennifer Williams, a Russian adviser to Vice President Mike Pence. This leads us to ask: Just how deeply involved is Pence in all of this? Plus, the US no longer considers Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law. And, on Friday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a set of proposals that would further restrict the use of Huawei and ZTE equipment in American networks. Several small, mostly rural...