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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 EID 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.

In Iraq, ISIS Attacks City Of Kirkuk As Battle For Mosul Rages

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:13:00 -0400

Militants struck police stations and a power station in the northern city. In Mosul, the U.N. says it is concerned ISIS may be using civilians as human shields as Iraqi forces advance.

El Chapo Is A Step Closer To U.S. Extradition, After Judge Denies Appeal

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:38:00 -0400

The lawyer representing the head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel will seek to have Mexico's Supreme Court review the case, local media report.

South Africa Announces Withdrawal From International Criminal Court

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:32:00 -0400

The announcement comes days after Burundi became the first country to withdraw from the war crimes court. The nations accuse the ICC of targeting African countries and calling for regime change.

How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.

Halloween News: Miss. Clown Ban; Dollmakers Criticize Haunted House

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:03:48 -0400

A Mississippi county temporarily banned clowns, given a rash of clown sightings. The Japanese Doll Association complained to Universal Studios Japan — insisting there's nothing creepy about dolls.

In Jerusalem And West Bank, Nutella Cafes Offer A Sweet Refuge

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:01 -0400

Palestinians are flocking to a string of Nutella cafés that have popped up in the region. The cafes offer a welcome refuge from the realities of living in a conflict zone.

Russia Has Abandoned Pacts It Helped To Negotiate, Vershbow Says

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:09:00 -0400

Alexander Vershbow, NATO's deputy secretary general, tweeted as his term ended: "As I leave NATO I hope Russia will return to the rules-based European security system." He talks with Steve Inskeep.

Can Hashtags And Pop-Up Protests Topple A Leader?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:59:00 -0400

It's hashtags vs. Robert Mugabe. Social media is proving a new kind of challenge to Zimbabwe's strong-armed autocrat.