What Is World News?

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World news is the term used in the media for international breaking news and features. The term was coined in the 17th century, when newspaper publishing first began to develop. At that time, many newspapers were “foreign,” meaning they came from outside of the European Union (which was only just beginning to take shape), or they covered news events happening in foreign countries and continents. As innovations in telecommunications and the telegraph allowed the first newspapers to be distributed more widely, the need for world news became even more apparent.

Among the most notable developments in the field of world news is war journalism, which deals with international conflicts and other global events. The two main types of reporters who cover this type of news are the foreign correspondent (full-time reporter based in a city abroad), and the special envoy, sent to a specific event to report on it.

The year 2023 has been marked by political turmoil and conflict worldwide, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Catastrophic natural disasters have also included the fifth deadliest earthquake of the century, Cyclone Freddy, and Storm Daniel.

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