More than 100,000 people turned out in central Tel Aviv, Israel, on Saturday to say no to the government's plans for judicial reform, for the 18th consecutive week. For now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding off on the judicial overhaul. And, in 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council established the International Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in the context of Law Enforcement. Their most recent trip brought the international experts to the United States. Also, the humanitarian crisis continues to deteriorate in Sudan as the fighting intensifies. The UN estimates 19 million people will be food insecure in the coming months. Plus, get ready for Eurovision, kicking off soon in Liverpool.
After three years, and the death of millions of people, the World Health Organiziation's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced an end to the emergency. He made clear that the pandemic is not over and measures to prevent COVID-19 spread need to remain in place. And, a government app encourages Iraqis to report immoral behavior on- and offline. Also, in Serbia, two separate shooting sprees in two days have left 17 people dead in the Balkan country where gun violence is rare. Now, Serbia's president wants "practical disarmament" of the country, which has some of the most guns per citizen of any country in the world. Plus, how a group of Cuban female musicians claimed a once-forbidden drum.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have all made investments in Sudan and consider the Red Sea country an important location. These interests further complicate the ongoing fighting on the ground. And, scientists believe only a fraction of the potential 2 million marine species in our oceans have been identified. A new Ocean Census project aims to change that by identifying 100,000 new species in just 10 years. Also, US officials are dismissing Russian accusations that it "masterminded" Wednesday’s drone attack on the Kremlin. Plus, Copenhagen's mayor urges the "Danish capital of America" to support the LGBTQ community.
Videos apparently show two drones exploding over the Kremlin early Wednesday morning. Moscow claims the drones are from Ukraine and an attempt to assassinate Russian leader Vladimir Putin. But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has denied any involvement in the attack. And, the capture of the Niovi, a Greek-owned vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, is the second-such capture by Tehran in recent days. We hear about the potential impact on shipping, and what it says about the safety of vessels passing through the waters off Iran. Also, The Writers Guild of America is on strike for better wages and royalties. How might this impact international series? Plus, some animals are able to adapt to climate change— so far.
In the Palestinian city of Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, there’s a new group of national heroes. They’re part of an upstart militant group called the Lions’ Den. And, how is AI helping to protect against sushi sabatoge? That's the latest TikTok trend where young pranksters in Japan are contaminating sushi served on conveyer belts in restaurants. Also, Ukrainians believe that the future of the democratic world will be determined by whether the Ukrainian military can break a stalemate with Russia and drive the country backward— perhaps even out of Crimea — for good. Plus, the sound baths of French artist Anthony Gonzalez and his electronic ensemble, M83.
Fighting in Khartoum between Sudan's army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces is spreading throughout Sudan. Violence in the western Sudanese region of Darfur threatens to revive the civil war and genocide that engulfed that region 20 years ago. And, there's no May Day parade this year in Cuba due to an acute fuel shortage crisis on the island. Also, pollution from the Tijuana River to the Pacific Ocean have long plagued swimmers and surfers on both sides of the US-Mexico border. We hear about how a recent court settlement is bringing hope for cooperation. Plus, a new book, "Winnie and Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage," explores a fraught political partnership.
In Ukraine, air raid sirens went off on Friday at dawn as Russia fired 20 cruise missiles and two drones into the country. Meanwhile, Ukraine is preparing for a long-awaited spring counteroffensive against Russian armed forces. And, the German government says it will set up an international commission to conduct an inquiry into the deadly hostage-taking — and botched police raid — at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Also, the Biden administration on Thursday announced new efforts to limit the flow of unauthorized migrants across the southern border, including the opening of migrant processing centers in Guatemala and Colombia. Plus, panda diplomacy reveals a rocky US-China relationship.
Hundreds of people have been killed in the fighting in Sudan in recent weeks, including a Sudanese American physician. Dr. Bushra Ibnauf lived in Khartoum and was training other medical professionals. He was stabbed outside his home earlier this week. And, there's been a mixed reaction to the new bitcoin currency in El Salvador. Also, Venezuela’s best-known opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, unexpectedly arrived in the US this week. He was rerouted to Miami after getting kicked out of Colombia, where he attempted to attend a summit without an invite. Plus, "Pele" means "the best."
US President Joe Biden is meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Wednesday at the White House in a display of strengthening US-Korean solidarity. But recent Pentagon leaks indicating the US eavesdropped on Yoon's presidential office has rattled his cabinet, and could complicate the meeting. And, the World Food Program's regional director for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and North Africa says these countries are facing food shortages brought on by military conflicts, and by natural and manmade disasters. Also, people continue to flee Sudan as more fighting continues on Wednesday on the outskirts of the capital, Khartoum. Residents from the capital region are also having to make tough decisions about leaving. Plus, a look at legendary Harry Belafonte's role in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
Those with the means to leave Sudan's capital, Khartoum, are streaming out of the city as fighting continues between two rival generals. Those left behind are hoping that a shaky US-brokered ceasefire can provide a measure of calm. And, Israel marks its "tensest Memorial Day" in many years on Tuesday. It’s typically a moment of national unity but the political atmosphere is deeply divided. Also, since the passage of a law in Russia banning LGBTQ-related material, books have been pulled from shelves, and authors and publishing houses have had to relocate. Plus, we remember singer Harry Belafonte who has died at the age of 96.