World news is news relating to events outside of a country or region. It is a broad category of journalism covering international affairs, wars and summits. It can be distinguished from national or domestic news, such as the US presidential election and sports games.
The term ‘world news’ arose from the 19th century, as innovations in technology enabled the distribution of news globally for the first time. Newspapers began to establish foreign sections, and news agencies like AP (US), Reuters (UK) and AFP (France) were founded to distribute hard news stories to local newspapers, radio and TV broadcasters, and the like. These grew to become multinational news organizations with offices all over the globe.
During the 20th and 21st centuries, as globalization took hold, the distinction between what is considered world news and local news faded. Many people no longer distinguish between the two, and some journalists who specialize in covering national or regional news may also cover world events from time to time.
In some cases, the distinction is blurred, especially if a country is involved in a war or has a political crisis. The news media of belligerent countries often focus on their own world news, and the world can be a very small place for reporters in those regions.
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