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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.
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.