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Saudi Act Of Protest Stuns U.N., And Some Observers

The kingdom decided it will not take a two-year rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council, calling the body incapable of ending wars and resolving conflicts.

You Have Questions About The NSA; We Have Answers

The revelations by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has raised many complicated issues. NPR's national security correspondent Tom Gjelten answers questions submitted by NPR listeners and readers.

Chinatowns: A Little Bit Of Beijing, Wherever You Are

A recent story about the decline of the Chinatown in Kolkota, India, caught our eye. Sadly, some Chinatowns, such as those in Havana, have seen better days, but others are still thriving.

The New And The Next: Punk Rock Love, A Sensible Scary Movie

As Halloween approaches, Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about a a viral video that pokes fun at everything we've come to expect from horror films.

Violin Said To Have Been On The Titanic Sells For $1.6M

Bandleader Wallace Hartley is thought to have kept playing the instrument as the ship went down. It was later found, in a leather case, floating among the wreckage.

190-Plus Nations In 23 Years For World's 'Most Traveled' Man

Mike Spencer Bown of Calgary, Canada, wondered if he could see "everything of interest." He believes he's accomplished his mission.

Girl's Deportation Was Mishandled, But Legal, French Say

Fifteen-year-old Leonarda Dibrani is at the center of an emotional debate in France over the country's immigration policies. She and her family have been deported to Kosovo. The way the girl was taken into custody — during a school field trip — has caused controversy in France.

Chinese Edict Against 'Rumors' Puts Popular Bloggers At Risk

A new Chinese rule targets Chinese bloggers whose posts against their government have gone viral. One blogger and editor for the Chinese Wall Street Journal, Li Yuan, talks to host Scott Simon about the increased danger of posting in China.

What The World Thinks Of The Dollar In Light Of Recent Politics

The political instability over funding the U.S. government and raising the debt ceiling could have international financial implications. Host Scott Simon speaks with Matthew Goodman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies about how emerging economies view the dollar after the current debt crisis.

Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses To Beat Back Bacteria

Researchers say naturally occurring viruses that target bacteria might one day help help treat human infections with germs that are resistant to antibiotics. The research is still in the early stages, and there are quite a few challenges to overcome before a treatment can even be tested in humans.