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Deaths mount as violence escalates in Gaza
The World May 12, 2021
Top of The World: Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza, leveling apartment towers and other targets and a mounting death toll. And, with a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelming the health system in India, officials reported a new record number of daily deaths at 4,205 people. Also, an independent panel reviewing the WHO’s response to the coronavirus outbreak said on Wednesday that the pandemic was preventable.
COVID-19
Panel suggests WHO should have more power to stop pandemics
Associated Press May 12, 2021
A panel of independent experts who reviewed the World Health Organization's response to the coronavirus pandemic says the UN health agency should be granted "guaranteed rights of access" in countries to investigate emerging outbreaks.
Human rights
New Zealand condemns China’s treatment of Uyghurs but won't call it ‘genocide’
The World May 11, 2021
New Zealand has joined other countries in calling out China for its mistreatment of Uyghurs, but falls short of calling it "genocide." Critics say the condemnation has been "watered down" to protect China as an essential trade partner.
Conflict & Justice
Afghan amb to the US on the Taliban: ‘They are not interested in peace but power’
The World May 11, 2021
The Afghan ambassador to the US, Roya Rahmani, spoke to The World's host Marco Werman about the security situation in Afghanistan, and the government's handling of it.
Critical State
Rebels with a business cause: Part I
Inkstick Media May 11, 2021
Critical State, our foreign policy newsletter, takes a deep dive into new research on how rebels negotiate the international business world, with a focus on Democratic Republic of Congo.
Top of The World
Israel launches deadly airstrikes on Gaza following rocket attacks by Hamas
The World May 11, 2021
Top of The World: At least 24 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed overnight and 122 others were wounded in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in a new round of escalating tensions. And, the COVID-19 variant first identified in India has been designated a global concern by the World Health Organization. Also, the FDA has expanded the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 jab to children as young as 12.
Conflict & Justice
School shooting in Russia kills 9 people; suspect arrested
Associated Press May 11, 2021
A gunman attacked a school Tuesday morning in the Russian city of Kazan, sending students running out of the building as smoke poured from its windows.
COVID-19
Efficiency over privacy: How trust in the Chinese government helped contain the pandemic
The World May 10, 2021
Author Yashu Zhang describes the efficiency of China's vaccination rollout and why there's so much trust in authorities in the fight against the coronavirus.
Food
Brazil’s small farmers tackle food insecurity, hunger amid the pandemic 
The World May 10, 2021
In Brazil, hunger, poverty and unemployment have spiked alongside COVID-19. But the Landless Workers' Movement, a massive organization of small farmers, is doing its best to help tackle the problem.
What the debate over Biden receiving Communion may mean for the world
The World May 10, 2021
Most US Catholics believe President Biden should receive Communion, despite his stance on abortion. The push by conservative US bishops to deny him the Eucharist may have more of an impact in other countries.
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