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Policy shift in Syria puts spotlight on Kurds


Donald Trump's decision to remove US troops from Syria leaves the Kurdish forces there vulnerable. We take a look at the Kurds, who are guarding large detention centers for ISIS fighters and their families. Plus, anti-Brexit members of the European Parliament are hosting a 60-piece band to deliver a musical plea for the UK to stick with Brussels. And in China, electric buses are everywhere — and there are very few in the US...


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Time to get out of "ridiculous endless wars"


US troops have withdrawn from border posts in north-eastern Syria following a policy shift from President Donald Trump endorsing a Turkish military plan to move into the region. The decision has deeply alarmed former US officials who see it as a betrayal of America's allies in the region. Also, Republican Jeff Flake, who served in the House and Senate for 18 years representing Arizona, gives us his thoughts into the political calculations Republicans on Capitol Hill are making right now...


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(Featured) Things That Go Boom: Why the US and Iran have bad blood


Before they were enemies, the US and Iran used to be an item. In fact, the US helped start Iran's nuclear program. But, like any failed relationship, it’s not just one thing that led to the break-up. Years of misinformation, politics, greed, reality TV and some real security interests on both sides all caused friction...


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Did Trump do something illegal? Or just inappropriate?


Text messages reveal how the Trump administration pushed Ukraine's government to investigate leading Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his family. In the United Kingdom, the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland has returned as a major sticking point for a new Brexit plan. Plus, protesters in Hong Kong are using maps to locate police and dangerous spots — but only on Android phones.


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Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine questioned


The impeachment inquiry scandal in Washington has shined a bright and uncomfortable light on an anti-corruption scandal in Ukraine. Plus, Kurt Volker — a longtime US diplomat who served as Trump's special envoy for Ukraine until resigning last week — was questioned by members of Congress behind closed doors on Thursday. And, a highly coveted Michelin star is at the center of a legal conflict in the world of European fine dining.


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A 'perfect call' with Ukraine — or smoking gun?


President Donald Trump says he made a "perfect call" to Ukraine's president. But, in Ukraine, there's a long backstory. Plus, you'll hear our interview with Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, two years before he was murdered. Also, North Korea has tested another missile capable of being launched from a submarine. And, we'll get into the fallout from one of the most closely watched affirmative action cases in higher education.


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Celebrations in mainland China, but tear gas in Hong Kong


Beijing celebrates 70 years of communist rule with a massive military parade in Tiananmen Square. But, the mood is far different in Hong Kong where police shot a protester at close range — raising the ante on the level of violence in the territory. Also, first Ukraine and now Australia — did President Donald Trump ask for help in settling political scores here in the US? And, hundreds of people named Nigel are celebrating their "Nigel-ness" at an English country pub.


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How is the impeachment inquiry playing out in Ukraine?


The impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump is dominating attention in the US, but how is the story playing out in Ukraine? Also, Hong Kong officials are under pressure to maintain order in the streets in preparation for the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. And, it only took Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 10.71 seconds to run the 100 meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha on Sunday...


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How does the US whistleblower protection law work?


Whistleblower. It's the word of the day in the news. But what exactly does the US Whistleblower Protection Act do? What protections do whistleblowers have in foreign countries?  Protests have resumed against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The Egyptian president says there's no reason for concern, even as the police and army tighten security around Cairo and other major cities there. And if you have a teenager, you've likely heard of TikTok...


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Why does Ukraine need US military aid money?


The formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump hinges on military aid for Ukraine that was approved by Congress but temporarily held up by the president. That money is a major source of funding in Ukraine's fight with Russia. We're exploring this question: Why does Ukraine need the money? Also, where do things stand between Russia and Ukraine? And, Thursday marks five years since 43 college students disappeared in Mexico. Their disappearance remains a grim, unsolved mystery.


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