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U.S. Ambassador Leaves S. Korea Focused On Protecting U.S. Allies

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:08:00 -0500

Rachel Martin speaks with outgoing U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert. He departs at a time of domestic uncertainty and a newly emboldened North Korea.

Samsung Head Avoids Arrest On Bribery Charge, But He's Not In The Clear

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:25:00 -0500

Judges in Seoul said early Thursday there was insufficient cause to arrest the head of South Korea's most powerful conglomerate. But he's not exonerated.

After 8 Years Of Unbroken War, Obama Hands Over Conflicts To Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:50:00 -0500

President Obama is the first president to serve eight years with the U.S. at war nonstop, from beginning to end. Donald Trump now inherits ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

After Years Of War, Trump Stands To Inherit Ongoing Conflicts

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:33:00 -0500

President-elect Trump will inherit ongoing conflicts with no end in sight when he takes the oath of office — a brutal fight against the Islamic State and a never-ending stalemate in Afghanistan.

China's First Freight Train To The U.K. Rolls Into London

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:17:00 -0500

The train, which traveled nearly 7,500 miles, marks a milestone in China's intended revival of the centuries-old Silk Road trade routes linking East and West.

Obama Grants Clemency To Puerto Rican Fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Among the dozens of people granted clemency by President Obama on Tuesday was Oscar Lopez Rivera. Depending on who you ask, he is either a freedom fighter or a terrorist.

Russians Await Donald Trump's Inauguration With Anticipation

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Russians have been counting the days until Donald Trump is sworn in as the next U.S. president. Officials, and official television, have been blasting the Obama years and looking forward to improved ties.

Nigerian Funk Musician William Onyeabor Dies At 70

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Uchenna Ikonne, a Nigerian music scholar, about Onyeabor's career and how he turned his back on music to become a born-again Christian in the 1980s.

Gambia Prepares For Showdown As Foreign Troops Threaten Intervention

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:50:00 -0500

In a few hours, longtime Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh's presidential term will expire. But he is clinging to power as troops from regional powers reportedly amass at the border.

How To Salvage U.S.-Russia Relations: One Expert's Take

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:59:00 -0500

"At this point, we're being manipulated by the Russians at very little cost to them. Things pop up, and we go into a frenzy," Thomas Graham of Kissinger Associates tells NPR in a rare interview.

Russia Extends Residency Permit For Edward Snowden

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:50:00 -0500

A spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry announced the extension on Facebook, while ridiculing a former deputy CIA chief. Snowden is in exile in Russia; his supporters have called for a pardon.

2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:31:00 -0500

Global temperatures soared above the 20th century average last year, as the climate continues to change. It's the hottest it has been since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880.

The White House And Kremlin Take Parting Shots At Each Other

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

As the inauguration nears, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Donald Trump's foes of undermining the president-elect's legitimacy. The U.S. says Russia is trying to undermine global order.

An 'Old Friend Of China' Prepares To Bridge Differences At A Fraught Time

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:51:00 -0500

Donald Trump chose Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as ambassador to Beijing because of old ties with President Xi Jinping and Iowa's history of trade with China. Branstad will have a tough job.

Kenyan Politician Proposes Women Withhold Sex Until Men Register To Vote

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:13:00 -0500

"Deny them sex until they show you their voter's card," Mishi Mboko urges. The tactic is not new. Women have gone on sex strikes in the past to try to end wars and curb violence. But is it effective?