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In Germany, a new government-sponsored study finds that the country's foreign ministry staff was much more involved than previously believed in the mass killing of Jews and others during the Holocaust.
Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991, is trying to set itself apart from the violent, war-torn images of Somalia. The territory has set up a bicameral legislature, largely disarmed its people and is attracting increased aid from the United States.
Just underneath China's modern, shiny surface, many aspects of life are still very traditional. Marriage is one of those areas. And women, in particular, and their parents fret about not finding a suitable partner before they grow too old and become a "leftover woman."
In Iraq, reaction to the WikiLeaks documents has focused mainly on allegations of wrongdoing by Iraqi officials. But as details are revealed, Iraqis anticipate the documents will hold some answers to long-unresolved questions.
Reports of brutality and torture of fellow Iraqis at the hands of government forces have Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the defense as his rivals citing the documents as proof he's unfit to lead.
Across Europe, economic woes and fears of terrorism are feeding anti-immigrant -- particularly anti-Muslim -- sentiment. Last weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel added fuel to the debate when she said Germany's attempts to build a multicultural society had "utterly failed." Host Scott Simon talks ...
Afghanistan combines some of the world's roughest war-torn mountains with one of the world's most complicated political landscapes. U.S. soldiers navigate both kinds of terrain. A typical day on patrol in eastern Kunar province along the Pakistan border illustrates the balancing act.
Bye-bye PowerPoint. A new, speedier way to give presentations, called pecha-kucha, began in a grungy basement in downtown Tokyo in 2003 -- and has now taken root in hundreds of cities worldwide. The speed technique forces those who pontificate to get to the point -- in 6 minutes, 40 seconds.
The practice, a way of having a "legitimate affair," was banned during Saddam Hussein's reign but returned after the American invasion. Some say there's a right way to do the <em>muta'a,</em> or fixed-term marriage, but others claim rampant misuse.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her nation's attempts to create a multicultural society have failed. Her comments reflect a growing and increasingly bitter anti-immigration mood -- especially for Muslims -- in Germany and across much of Europe.
This Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI canonized Australia's first saint, Mother Mary MacKillop. In 1871, MacKillop was briefly excommunicated for insubordination after her order of nuns reported a case of child sex abuse by a priest. Liane Hansen speaks with James Martin, who, in a recent op-ed in the Catholic ...
Last year, Reynosa — a dusty, sprawling city of half a million people across the border from McAllen, Texas — was a relatively peaceful part of the country. Now it's one of the most dangerous places in Mexico.
The British intervened three times in Afghanistan in the 80 years up to 1919. It was the western frontier of their empire, the gateway to their most precious possession, India. They wanted to keep the Russians out. The new exhibition at the National Army Museum in London has relevance today.
At least 11 Chinese Christians planning to attend a global evangelical gathering in South Africa have been barred from leaving the country, and many others have come under pressure. Many fear Beijing is cracking down on Christians who worship outside the official church.
Nine months have passed since a devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless in Haiti. The island has made some progress, but much remains to be done. By some estimates, the cleanup process alone could take years.
It's long been known that life is unimaginably tough in North Korea. NPR's Louisa Lim recently had a unique glimpse into that life, when she was able to walk the streets unmonitored, eat in local restaurants and interact with ordinary people.
In Serbia, police clashed with extremists during a gay rights march in Belgrade. Right-wing groups pose a challenge for the pro-democracy government as it pushes for entry into the European Union.
The reclusive country introduced its heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, to its people in a massive military parade Sunday.  The celebration was televised live -- for the first time ever -- underlining the importance of the coming-out party.
The government cracked down on public begging after a report found thousands of children forced to beg, many by their religious teachers. But with little formal employment and a virtually nonexistent welfare state, many in the impoverished West African country have little choice but to defy the ban.
Cuba has undergone a spiritual revival since the communist government eased religious persecutions in the 1980s. Despite Cuba's deep Catholic traditions, the fastest-growing practice may be one that arrived decades ago with American missionaries: evangelical Christianity.
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