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The end of the Ebola outbreak, again: The World Health Organization says the world's biggest Ebola epidemic is now officially over. The announcement came after Liberia was declared Ebola-free, like Sierra Leone and Guinea before that. But this isn't the first time Liberians have been told that the outbreak in their country is over. We hear from a Monrovia resident who says he's not sure how to react to the news anymore. Plus, we hear from a witness to the terrorist attacks in Jakarta today and find out more about the extremist groups that are active in Indonesia. And The World's environment team takes us through the process of offsetting the carbon emissions caused by their own travel to the climate summit in Paris last month. It's more complicated than they expected.
Last night, President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that terrorist groups like ISIS "do not threaten our national existence." Republicans, however, say he's unable to deal with the threat. Meanwhile, Cuban migrants stuck for months in Central America are given a ticket to continue to the US. Plus, Netflix expands into Africa, but do African consumers really want Netflix in the same way that Americans do?
Haiti was promised a lot of aid after a massive earthquake six years ago today, so what happened to the money? We get a reality check. Also, Turkey is reeling today from an explosion in the heart of Istanbul; a suspected suicide bomber killed at least 10 people, including foreign tourists. We'll have the latest. Plus, we hear from a Syrian American social media activist who will be in the audience when President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union speech tonight.
Today we discuss El Chapo's possible extradition, and the legacy of David Bowie. Mexican authorities have begun the process of extraditing the re-captured drug lord Joaquin "el Chapo" Guzman to the US. We focus on the controversy over actor Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo, published by Rolling Stone this weekend. Also, Marco speaks with Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, who says Penn's actions and Rolling Stone's decision to allow El Chapo to approve the text represent an "epic insult" to Mexican journalists. The other big story today is, of course, David Bowie's passing. His death is being mourned all over the globe, including in Iran, where journalist Maziar Bahari says he is Bowie's number one Iranian fan. Plus, we hear one of the many international versions of David Bowie's songs: Changes — sung in Portuguese by Brazilian artist Seu Jorge. It is definitely worth a listen.
All week we've been seeing pictures and videos from the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, near the border with Lebanon. We speak with a doctor who has family trapped there. We also hear the story of Jennifer Peace, an openly transgender US Army captain who is waiting for military rules to catch up with her reality. Plus, a man from Montreal brings us a novel way of making snow shoveling a less onerous task — combining it with an African dance routine.
A year after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, it was an uneasy day in Paris. We mark the anniversary. Plus, two more Guantanamo Bay detainees are released — to Ghana — but more than 100 remain. We get details from longtime Gitmo reporter Carol Rosenberg. We also hear advice for the families of undocumented immigrants — what to do if your family is facing deportation.