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After Default, Venezuela's Fiscal Woes Spiral While Prosecutors Focus On Corruption

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:44:34 -0500

After months of popular unrest, President Nicolas Maduro appears to have cemented his grip on power. But the towering economic troubles that helped inspire that unrest are only getting worse.



Video Shows North Korean Soldier's Dramatic Sprint Across Border

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:50:00 -0500

Newly-released CCTV footage shows a jeep speeding through the countryside near the DMZ. Inside is a North Korean soldier making a desperate escape.



Remembering The 'Monstrous' Legacy Of Ratko Mladic

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:46:00 -0500

Mladic's conviction "serves as a reminder of the evil one man can do with an army at his command," writes NPR's Tom Gjelten, who covered the war in Bosnia in the 1990s.



Bosnian Journalist Says Conviction Of Ratko Mladic Doesn't Mean Closure

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:19 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Bosnian journalist Nidzara Ahmetasevic about the conviction of Ratko Mladic for war crimes and committing genocide during a conflict in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.



Secretary Of State Tillerson Considering Action In Response To Rohingya Attacks

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he believes the attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar amounts to ethnic cleansing. He's considering targeted sanctions in response.



Local Opposition To The American Presence In Okinawa Is Growing

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

On Sunday, a U.S. Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan, drunkenly crashed his truck into another vehicle, killing the driver. NPR's Elise Hu talks with Anna Fifield, Tokyo Bureau Chief for The Washington Post about what the incident means for the American military presence in Okinawa.



Zimbabwe Has A New Leader After President Robert Mugabe Resigned

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

Zimbabwe's new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived back in the country and addressed the people about how he'll replace longtime ruler Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa returned from a self-imposed exile after Mugabe fired him from his vice president role.



Former Military Commander Of Bosnian Serbs Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

Ratko Mladic was found guilty of committing genocide — in which thousands were massacred — and war crimes during a conflict in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.



Zimbabwe's President-To-Be Returns Home After Brief Exile

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:20:59 -0500

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president of Zimbabwe, fled the country earlier this month. He's returned to take over from longtime president Robert Mugabe, who resigned under pressure.



Earth Is Lit, And That's A Problem

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:03:23 -0500

Over the last five years, global light pollution has increased nearly 10 percent, a new study shows, The fastest rise occurred in developing nations.



If The Developing World Can Go Solar, Maybe Puerto Rico Can Too

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:54:00 -0500

With most of the island still without electricity, some Puerto Ricans are hoping to follow the example of developing world countries — and turn to the sun for power.



U.S. Denounces Violence Against Rohingya As 'Ethnic Cleansing'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:06:17 -0500

"Those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Wednesday. Targeted sanctions against Myanmar are a possibility.



Lebanon's Prime Minister, Back From Saudi Arabia, Is Not Resigning After All

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:39:00 -0500

Saad Hariri will remain in his role — despite an address he gave from Riyadh saying he'd step down. The about-face is more fuel for speculation that Saudi Arabia was forcing him to resign.



8 Recovered After Navy Plane Crash

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:03:00 -0500

A U.S. naval aircraft has crashed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan while traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as part of military exercises.



'Butcher Of Bosnia' Ratko Mladic Guilty Of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:13:00 -0500

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia found the former Bosnian Serb general guilty of multiple counts of crimes against humanity and one count of genocide.