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From Brazil, we hear how authorities are battling Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that's been linked to severe birth defects. It's all happening as the country prepares for Carnival and the Summer Olympics. Also, Italy is the last country in Western Europe not to permit civil unions or same-sex marriage, but tomorrow, the Italian senate debates legislation to change that. Plus, we hear from a Persian rug dealer in LA who's hoping for a boom in business with the end of sanctions on Iran.
First today, we head to Denmark, where lawmakers have passed a law that allows authorities to confiscate the property of migrants in order to help pay for their stay in that country. Also, we visit a local café that offers a safe haven for Kurdish migrants in the north of France. We also bring you a chat with the director of the Oscar-nominated film, "Mustang," about five Turkish girls forced into a rigid, pious lifestyle by their parents.
Today marks five years after the start of the Egyptian revolution. Cairo's Tahrir Square became ground zero in Egypt's version of the Arab Spring, so where do things stand today? We'll get a number of perspectives, including a chat with Charlie Sennott with our WGBH partners, The GroundTruth Project. He's in Cairo, learning the fates of five activists he profiled in years past. Also, as the East Coast of the US digs out from a deadly snowstorm, we head to Taiwan, which is also dealing with a bad bit of winter weather. Plus, the French computer keyboard gets a makeover.
As oil prices sink even lower, how is this affecting the global economy — and how are oil companies preparing for the future? Also, those falling oil prices mean higher prices in Canada, where cauliflower's running about eight bucks a head right now. Plus, with the mid-Atlantic about to get socked by piles of snow, we hear from some Syrian kids who are experiencing their first toboggan ride.
Today we learn how the Zika virus spreads and why Brazil has been especially hit hard by the virus. We also hear from two Syrians who've ended up in unlikely places around the globe. One refugee is seeking asylum in South Korea. The other is a student in Mexico. Plus, our solar system might be a bit bigger than we thought. Astronomers say that they've found what could be a ninth planet — way bigger than poor Pluto — but here's the thing: No one's actually seen it.
We begin two days of special coverage on Syrians whose lives have been upended by civil war. From Lebanon, we'll bring you the story of one Syrian woman who fled and although she had never worked outside the home before, she's now started her own business. Plus, the lead seeping into the water in Flint, Michigan, got us wondering about the prevalence of lead poisoning across the globe. Later, we bring you a profile of a Cuban artist who left Cuba in 1989 and has been living in Boston ever since. Her latest work includes huge blown-glass works reminiscent of the decaying sugar refineries and rum distilleries of the Cuba she grew up in.