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Worldfocus

Worldfocus

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“Worldfocus” – the nightly newscast syndicated to television stations nationwide – delivers in-depth international news that American audiences would be hard-pressed to find on commercial broadcast networks. The 30 minute program moves beyond crisis reporting to explore the connections between issues unfolding abroad and developments in the U.S. Hosted by veteran news correspondent Martin Savidge and produced by Creative News Group for PBS flagship station Thirteen/WNET, “Worldfocus” was launched in October 2008. The newscast’s companion BlogTalkRadio series, “Worldfocus Radio,” launched January 13, 2008. Also hosted by Savidge, the live, weekly half-hour series goes even further in-depth into stories covered on “Worldfocus,” while opening up the conversation, via phone calls and text chats, to people throughout the globe.

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Iraq’s massive oil reserves, the third largest in the world, are well-known. But small businesses represent about 90 percent of the country’s businesses. More than a quarter of young men in Iraq are jobless, according to the... more

The United Nations has warned of a possible “blood bath” as the Sri Lankan military encroaches on the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who are now cornered in a small piece of coastal territory — along with up to 150,000... more

During the past several decades, women politicians have made strides in Africa. The share of parliamentary seats held by women increased from 7 percent in 1990 to 17 percent in 2007. The Rwandan parliament is a world leader in... more

Competition for natural resources often lies at the heart of human conflict, from oil and water in the Middle East to contested coltan in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In today’s economic environment, the demand for some resources may... more

Following two recent attacks by Irish Republican Army (IRA) splinter groups, Northern Ireland is on edge, fearing a return to the “Troubles” — the decades of violence that killed more than 3,300 people until the 1998 Good Friday peace... more

Iran arrested seven leaders of the religious Baha’i community last year, charging them with espionage and alleging that the five men and two women are spies for Israel. Baha’i headquarters are located in Israel. Iranian leaders view the... more

During the last year, more than 6,000 people have been murdered in Mexico’s drug wars. It's estimated that the drug violence in Mexico is even deadlier than the war in Afghanistan. The show will focus on the U.S.-Mexican drug war, widen... more

Worldfocus will explore Canada's role in the war in Afghanistan. We'll look at Canada's eight-year commitment to U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and the dilemma in which the world's peacekeeper currently finds itself.

Venezuelans recently voted for a referendum to end term limits, which could potentially extend President Hugo Chávez’s term indefinitely. Chávez is a darling of news headlines worldwide with his colorful, often anti-American rhetoric... more

Chinese President Hu Jintao ended his tour of four African nations this week, having promised to deepen ties with the continent. A lot of chatter has surrounded China’s interests in Africa. Media have branded China’s role in Africa as an... more

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