Headlines From Around The World | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Headlines From Around The World

We begin with an agreement between the world's most populous and second-most populous countries.

India and China signed an agreement in Beijing on Wednesday on border defense following a military standoff earlier this year in an area they both claim.

Here's more from the official Chinese Xinhua news agency:

"Addressing a press briefing together with visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after their meeting, Li said they both believe the two countries have more common interests than disagreements and the people and governments of the two countries have the ability to manage border disputes.

"After the meeting, China and India signed a memorandum of understanding on strengthening cooperation on trans-border rivers, and they agreed to cooperate through an existing mechanism between experts in the two countries."

India's semiofficial Press Trust of India quoted Singh as saying peace on the border must remain the foundation of ties between the two countries "even as we move forward the negotiations towards a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement to the India-China Boundary Question."

The border dispute in several areas dates back to the 1962 war between the two countries. There have been occasional skirmishes along the border, most recently in April when India says Chinese soldiers intruded on its territory.

Next, we go to China's dealings with Turkey.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is dismissing criticism from his NATO allies following Ankara's decision to buy a missile system from China.

"Nobody has the right to overshadow our independence," he said Wednesday, in comments reported by Hurriyet Daily News.

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday he hoped Turkey would take the alliance's view into account before making a final decision.

Here's more from the paper:

"The Turkish government's decision to start negotiations with a Chinese firm for the co-production of the $3.4 billion missile defense system has triggered serious concerns from NATO and among member countries, particularly the United States. The fact that the Chinese company, China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp's, is under U.S. sanctions also complicates the situation."

Finally, a story about New Zealand's postal service — one that'll be familiar to those who've been watching the debate in the U.S. over Saturday delivery.

The New Zealand Herald reports that the country's government has allowed NZ Post to move to a three-day-a-week schedule from 2015 "to ensure the postal service remains viable."

Layoffs are expected.

"While parcel volumes had increased by nearly 3 million since 2006, over the same period letter volumes dropped by 322 million — or 30 percent," the newspaper reported.

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, a union representing some postal workers, said it was "incredibly disappointed with this decision, and how it has been made."

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.


Deggans Picks 'Gotham,' 'Black-ish,' 'The Flash' Among Fall TV's Best

As the fall TV season begins this week, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives his picks on new shows to watch and a few to avoid (or hate watch, if you like).

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.

Hillary Exhilaration Helps Energize Generation Z

Many young people are excited about the 2016 presidential election — and the chance to make history.
WAMU 88.5

Cellphones In Class Are No Problem In One Maryland School District

An Eastern Shore school district is allowing teachers to treat students' cellphones, tables and laptops as a resource rather than a nuisance.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.