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The Dueling Narratives In The Fight For Mosul

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:11:15 -0400

In Iraq, the battle for control of Mosul, the country's second largest city, has been raging for almost a week. There are differing narratives coming from the Pentagon and the front lines.

The Next U.S. President Can Expect Weakened, But Still Lethal ISIS

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:00:02 -0400

The Pentagon is predicting big victories soon over ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Even if that happens, the next U.S. leader will have figure out how to deal with a weakened, but still dangerous group.

Japanese Climber Junko Tabei, First Woman To Conquer Mount Everest, Dies At 77

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:57:00 -0400

"We were told we should be raising children instead," Junko Tabei said of the all-female expedition she helped lead on Everest in 1975.

At Least 70 Die In Train Derailment In Cameroon; Hundreds Injured

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:22:00 -0400

Travelers had crowded onto the train because a section of the main road between Cameroon's two largest cities had collapsed.

Iraqi Forces Shaken By ISIS Resistance In Fight For Mosul

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:49:00 -0400

In the first week of an Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul, the effort is slow and fraught with danger. While officials say the operation is on track, citizens who've witnessed the casualties disagree.

What A Phillipines Realignment With China Could Mean For U.S. Relations In Asia

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from the U.S. this week. Cornell University Professor Thomas Pepinsky talks to NPR's Scott Simon about the implications.

Wrecked Haiti Still Reeling From Deadly Hurricane Matthew

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Haiti is still recovering from a Category 4 storm that ravaged its southern coast two weeks ago. Scott Simon speaks with Chief Medical Officer Joanna Cherry of Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-Au-Prince.

When Cultural Heritage Is At Risk, Italy's Art Police Come To The Rescue

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:32:00 -0400

Over the decades, they've tracked down looted paintings and manuscripts, and rescued artwork after natural disasters. These days, they're salvaging centuries-old works in Italy's Amatrice quake zone.

Episode 731: How Venezuela Imploded

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:52:04 -0400

Venezuela has just about every economic advantage a country could ask for: fertile land, good climate, educated population, and oil, lots and lots of oil. So how did it go so wrong?

One Tiny Belgian Region Blocks International Trade Deal

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:02:00 -0400

Wallonia, a French-speaking Belgian region with fewer than four million residents, is holding up Europe's free trade agreement with Canada.

Mixed Reaction As Calais Refugees Are Rehoused Across France

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

Refugees from the soon-to-be-razed squatters camp in Calais are being resettled in reception centers across France. The country has traditionally been a haven for asylum seekers, but resettling the newest wave is dividing communities.

U.S. Service Member Killed By IED Was Helping Iraq In Push To Retake Mosul

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

The Pentagon was expected Friday to announce the identity of an American service member killed in Iraq while helping to support the offensive against Mosul. NPR's Tom Bowman tells us more.

Helping Chibok Girls Freed By Boko Haram Reintegrate Into Their Communities

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:18:00 -0400

In early October, twenty-one girls and young women kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria were reunited with their families. But even after returning, many of those who escaped or have been released by Boko Haram face stigma and difficulty with reintegration. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Kimairis Toogood of the aid organization International Alert.

Canada Walks Out Of EU Trade Talks Unable To Break Deadlock

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:18:00 -0400

Canada's trade minister Chrystia Freeland walked out of talks in Brussels Friday, saying that it was impossible to reach a trade deal with the EU. The EU-Canada free trade agreement, which has taken seven years to negotiate, is being blocked by the objections of a small region of Belgium.

Venezuelan Authorities Halt Drive To Recall President Nicolas Maduro

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:26:00 -0400

Officials have blocked the opposition's effort to trigger a recall election against Maduro, who is presiding over an economic implosion. Key opposition leaders say they have received travel bans.