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PRI’s The World crosses borders and time zones to bring stories home that matter.  It’s about the things that connect us around the globe. We’re heard on over 300 stations across North America. Hosted by Marco Werman, The World is a co-production of WGBH/Boston, Public Radio International, and the BBC World Service.

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Biden says he’ll make China quit coal. Can he deliver?

Oct 9, 2020

Much hangs in the balance as the United States chooses its next president — including, perhaps, the temperature of the Earth.

A victory by President Donald Trump portends more of the same: a seeming indifference to climate change that drifts into denialism.

His rival, Joe Biden, says he can convince the world that the US — one of the top polluters in history — can guide the planet to a greener future.

In the run-up to the general election on Nov. 3, our series examines how US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden diverge on key issues by identifying important stories that highlight what the candidates would do differently on the global stage:

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A former Marine is sitting in a Russian prison for a crime he didn't commit — at least, that’s the argument from US lawmakers and diplomats about the case of Trevor Reed.

So much has happened since January that it is easy to forget that the US almost went to war with Iran.

Tensions heightened when the US killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, and in response, Iran fired rockets at US forces stationed in Iraq. Nine months later, tensions are still high.

Four years ago, then-president-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of US diplomatic tradition simply by picking up the phone. That’s because the person calling was Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female president.

When Chris Rider flies to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from his home in Whitehorse, Yukon, he always chooses the locally owned airline, Air North. One big reason is the food.

The meals are prepared in Whitehorse, and in his view, they’re “one of the best things about Air North.” A standout is the bison shepherd’s pie. 

“That’s not normal airline food no matter where you fly,” said Rider, executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Yukon.

In southern Mexico City, halfway up one of the mountains that encircle the city, Fernando Lozano and Dalia Davila open the gate to their tortilla shop every morning and fire up the oven to get ready for the lunchtime rush. 

Lozano and Davila, partners in life and in business, estimate they supply about 440 lbs. worth of tortillas every day to restaurants and neighbors hungry for one of the staples of the Mexican diet. 

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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. 

It’s a quarter past 8 in the morning — what would normally be the start of the school day for students at the 5th Public High School of Egaleo, just outside of Athens. But instead of settling into their desks, students are gathering in the schoolyard and gearing up for a vote.

Up for debate is whether students should take control of the school grounds and lock teachers and administrators out for the day to prevent any lessons from happening.

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Since President Donald Trump and the first lady both tested positive for the coronavirus last week, the news cycle has been in a tailspin. 

The coronavirus has sidelined the commander in chief from at least some of his duties. So, it makes sense to ask whether China, Russia or other actors that don’t have the United States' best interests in mind might take advantage of this precarious moment for their own gain.

Abortion increasingly hard to access in Turkey

Oct 5, 2020

When Sevilay, a 38-year-old, stay-at-home mom in Istanbul, learned she was pregnant with a third child, she agonized over what to do.

“I became very upset when I learned about my pregnancy. I wondered whether I could do it or not. I was already having a hard time with two kids. There was nobody that could help me.”

Sevilay, a mother of two in Turkey who had an abortion