International | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Top Stories: Nobel In Chemistry; Yellen Gets Nod As Fed Chair

Also: Boehner says short-term shutdown deal would be 'unconditional surrender" and U.S. to cut some military aid to Egypt.

All Talk And No Do: Latest On The Shutdown And Debt Ceiling

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner trade barbs, while some federal employees considered "essential" are working without a paycheck.

French Press Agency Tallies Increasing Violence In Iraq

Nearly 5,000 Iraqis have been killed so far this year in sectarian bombings and other terror attacks. Renee Montagne talks to Prashant Rao, the Baghdad bureau chief for AFP, the French Press Agency, which has been keeping a grim tally of the spiraling violence this year in Iraq.

Global Leaders Watch As U.S. Budget Drama Unfolds

President Obama traded barbs with Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, but there was no sign that Congress is any closer to re-opening the federal government. At a news conference, Obama warned that the whole world is watching. It is, and so far the reviews aren't good.

Bound By Blood, Divided By Politics: Three Egyptian Sisters

Sisters Nagwa, Dina and May had always been close — until now. The political crisis in Egypt has ripped apart their relationships. One sister believes the Muslim Brotherhood is destroying the country; the other two are committed Islamists. It's a domestic tragedy that is playing out across Egypt.

Sick Of How U.S. Sports Are Run? Take A Look At Europe

Commentator Frank Deford notices how often the European sports masterminds get it wrong, whatever the game. FIFA is dealing with problems with the 2022 World Cup. The Olympics — helmed by a series of Europeans — will be in Russia, where homophobia is enshrined in law. And then there's Formula One: run by an Englishman charged with bribery.

Asian Allies' Anxieties Rise Amid Washington Paralysis

President Obama cancelled a planned trip to Asia this week to deal with the political crisis at home. That's disappointed — even worried — some of America's friends in the region who are counting on the United States to stand up to an increasingly assertive China.

Declassified Documents Shed New Light On 40-Year-Old War

Robert Siegel speaks to Ehud Yaari, an International Fellow with the Washington Institute, about recently declassified documents pertaining to the 40th anniversary of the 1973 war between Israel and Egypt.

Iran And Israel Go To Battle ... Over Denim

Elections may be less than free, and some music may be banned. But Iranians do wear jeans, in contrast to remarks by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. An onslaught of photos and comments posted online proves the Iranians' point.

Study: U.S. Adults Below Average In Literacy, Basic Math

Japan and Finland ranked at the top in most areas of the OECD study of 22 countries, while Italy and Spain consistently scored at the bottom.