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Christmas Lights Make Slippers In Global 'Junkyard' Economy

The Chinese town of Shijiao is known for recycling discarded Christmas tree lights for their copper and wire insulation, which are then used to support growing economies and make slipper soles, respectively. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter explores the business of recycling what developed nations throw away.

A Typhoon's Devastation By The Numbers

The dead are still being buried and the damages are still being calculated in one of the strongest typhoons ever. The death toll, previously estimated at 10,000, now looks to be much lower.

Toronto Council Asks Mayor Ford To Temporarily Step Aside

Rob Ford spent Wednesday defending himself to his City Council. While admitting that he's purchased illegal drugs, which came after earlier admissions about smoking crack and getting drunk, the mayor also said he doesn't need treatment and doesn't need to take a leave of absence.

Typhoon Haiyan: Families Struggle To Connect Amid Devastation

Wrecked infrastructure is making it hard for Filipino Americans to find out the status of family members affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Host Michel Martin speaks with Jessica Petilla, a Filipino doctor in New York who has immediate family in the hard hit province of Leyte.

Aid Worker: Hard To Put Experience Into Words

As an aid worker, Jessica Alexander worked in Rwanda, Sudan, Sierra Leone, and Haiti, but don't call her a hero or a saint. Alexander tells Michel Martin about why she wanted to challenge perceptions of aid workers in her new book, Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid.

Despite Western Efforts, Afghan Opium Crop Hits Record High

The U.N.'s 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey also said production in 2013 rose 49 percent over 2012 levels. The increased production comes as international troops prepare to withdraw from the country in 2014.

The Emperor's Code: Breach Of Protocol Spurs Debate In Japan

When a rookie lawmaker slipped a handwritten letter to Emperor Akihito last month, the collective public gasp was heard nationwide. The lawmaker's sin was to violate Japan's ban on using the emperor for political gain, but the incident highlighted lingering sensitivity over the emperor nearly 70 years after the end of World War II.

World Headlines: Israel Settlement Plans Threaten Peace Talks

The dispute revolves around a sensitive area near Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyanu orders his housing minister to reconsider, saying the move creates unnecessary friction with the international community.

Batman Jailed In Singapore For Stealing Brother's ATM Card

The Singapore man's father is named Suparman. The father named him Batman so that according to local custom he would be called Batman son of Superman — or Batman bin Suparman.

Duke Will Be 'Crowned' For Foreseeable Future

Crowning the Duke of Wellington with a traffic cone is a tradition in Glasgow, Scotland. Frustrated officials wanted to raise the 1844 statue to a height that could keep the cones off the duke's head. Removing them costs the city $160 each time. But the effort to elevate the duke was stopped by a petition.