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As part of the prisoner swap that freed five Americans being held by Iran, the Obama Administration agreed to drop charges or pardon seven Iranians who were accused of violating the US sanctions against Iran. Today, we hear who the seven are, and what got them on the list. Also, we follow up on the terrorist attack in Burkina Faso last week. Plus, French-Moroccan comedian Gad Elmaleh performs for large audiences in arenas back in France, but now he's focused on a new challenge: Launching a stand-up career here, in the US, in English. He came by our studios to tell us how it's going.
Some sanctions lifted, others imposed, and a high-profile prisoner exchange — Yes, it was a busy weekend in Iran-US relations. Also, researchers in Greenland are unlocking the secrets behind the sudden melting of one of the island's biggest glaciers. Plus, we'll hear why the Israeli countryside is blanketed with wildflowers, when not too long ago those same flowers were under threat of extinction.
Is Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz a "natural-born" citizen? We tackle that thorny question. Plus, we focus on President Obama's pledge to shut down the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The pace of prisoner releases from Guantanamo has picked up this month. We also speak to the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Cartel Land."
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.