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'The Americans' Showrunners On Writing Cold War-Era Drama Amid New Russian Relations

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:20:00 -0500

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, co-showrunners of the acclaimed series "The Americans," about Russian spies in the Washington, D.C., area, look ahead a season amid newly tense times with Russia.

South Africa Xenophobic Attacks

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:20:00 -0500

Tensions over immigration erupted into violence in Pretoria, South Africa, this week. Reporter Peter Granitz says foreigners are scapegoats for those who are actually upset with the government.

'Ring Of Fire' Eclipse Set To Blaze In Southern Skies

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:38:00 -0500

The annular solar eclipse, which will leave just a sliver of sun shining behind the moon, will be visible from the southern hemisphere Sunday. Here's how to watch, even if you're outside its path.

As Negotiators Talk Peace In Geneva, Bombings Kill At Least 32 In Syrian City

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:53:00 -0500

The blasts Saturday left dozens dead in Homs, mostly held by President Bashar Assad's regime. Those attacks were answered by government airstrikes, even as delegations met abroad for U.N.-led talks.

The Ramifications Of Using A Chemical Weapon In Kim Jong Nam's Assassination

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Georgetown University Asia expert Victor Cha about the global repercussions of the deadly nerve gas attack on Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's dictator.

A Taste For Pork Helped A Deadly Virus Jump To Humans

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:00 -0500

People were dropping dead in Malaysia, and no one could figure out why their brains were swelling. A young scientist solved the mystery. Then he had to get people to believe him.

For Barcelona Activist Turned Mayor, The Anti-Corruption Goals Stay The Same

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:39:00 -0500

Ada Colau is a former Occupy activist, once arrested for blocking home evictions during Spain's economic crisis. Now she's Barcelona's mayor, a job in which, she says, "you're closest to the people."

Kuwait Celebration At Trump Hotel Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:33:00 -0500

Kuwait is celebrating its national day at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. The ambassador rejects suggestions that Kuwait is trying to curry favor with President Trump.

As He Retires, U.S. Diplomat Delivers Message That 'Values Have Power'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:03:00 -0500

Daniel Fried, who retired Friday from the State Department, helped shape U.S. policy in Europe over a 40-year career. "I learned never to underestimate the possibility of change," he told colleagues.

Deported With A Valid U.S. Visa, Jordanian Says Message Is 'You're Not Welcome'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:28:00 -0500

He landed in Chicago for a graduation celebration trip after President Trump's travel ban took effect on citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries. He was held overnight in a cell and then sent back.

Trump Administration Weighs Increased Scrutiny Of Refugees' Social Media

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0500

The Obama administration began checking social media accounts of prospective Syrian refugees more than a year ago. Such steps could expand as President Trump prepares a new executive order on vetting.

David Oyelowo On The Real 'United Kingdom' Marriage And Its Diplomatic Fallout

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:48:00 -0500

The film tells the story of Ruth Williams, a London typist, and Seretse Khama, heir to the throne of modern-day Botswana. In 1948, their interracial marriage sparked a political firestorm.

Nigerian President's Long Absence Comes Amid Major Economic Crisis

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:34:00 -0500

President Muhammadu Buhari left for London Jan. 19. His government insists he's "hale and hearty," but speculation is rife that he may be suffering from prostate cancer, memory loss or other ailments.

The Problem With That Video Of Tigers Squaring Off With A Drone

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:29:00 -0500

The enclosure in China's Heilongjiang province, where the drone video was filmed, has been accused of keeping animals in "deplorable conditions."

VX: The Nerve Agent Used To Kill Kim Jong Nam Is Rare And Deadly

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:34:00 -0500

A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, VX kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. It is among the deadliest chemical weapons ever devised.