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India, China Top List Of Nations With Most Slaves

But the country with the highest prevalence of modern-day slavery is Mauritania. That's according to a report released Thursday by the Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery group. The numbers are in line with previous estimates from the U.N. and the State Department.

Man Survives Botched Hanging; Iran Vows To Try Again

The family of the convicted drug smuggler found him still breathing in a morgue after he was hanged last week.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Tom Gjelten of NPR, Nadia Bilbassy of Al Arabiya and James Kitfield of National Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories, including: the international reaction to Washington’s fiscal deal, Secretary of State John Kerry's latest statements on Syria and stepped up diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program.


Lao Airliner Crash That Killed 49 Blamed On Bad Weather

One U.S. citizen was among the passengers in the turboprop that crashed into the Mekong River in southern Laos on Wednesday.

Businessman Retaliates Against Ice Cream Truck Driver

A Swedish newspaper reports that a prominent businessman, Percy Nilsson who owns a hockey team, confessed to drilling holes in the tires of an ice cream truck. Nilsson said he was infuriated by the teenage driver blowing the horn. The driver admits to blowing the horn almost 100 times per hour.

What The World's Newspapers Are Saying

The headlines are from a cross section of newspapers around the world. Thursday's stories range from Chile's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council to hope in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in the Philippines.

Who Was First To Enjoy Frog Legs? France Or England?

Frog legs are famous for being a French delicacy. But an archaeological dig in southwest England indicates the delicacy was actually enjoyed by the English first — 8,000 years before they appeared in France. This will be a contentious claim, given the long standing rivalry between those countries.

Kerry Says He Hopes Syria's Chemical Weapons Are Shipped Out Of Region

Weapons inspectors are still in Syria assessing the country's stockpile and how to destroy it. It's unclear where the weapons would go if they were sent abroad, but there are signs that such a move is under consideration.

Fuel Efficiency Standards Live On After 1973 Oil Embargo

This is the 40th anniversary of the Arab Oil Embargo, which triggered a seven-year energy crisis. The results of the energy crisis are still with us — both in the political fault-lines in Washington and in the cars that are on our roads.

Experts Debate How Best To Remove Syria's Chemical Weapons

Secretary of State John Kerry says he's hoping Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles can be consolidated quickly and shipped out of the country. Experts say it is possible, but risky. International chemical weapons experts are still mapping out Syria's stockpiles to see what can be moved.