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Aid Groups Call For More Access Inside Syria As Winter Looms

The International Crisis Group is calling on the United Nations to push the Syrian government to open pathways for humanitarian aid. Melissa Block talks to the group's Peter Harling, who regularly visits Damascus to access the situation there.

Outrage In Pakistan After U.S. Drone Strike Kills Taliban Leader

Melissa Block talks with Gibran Peshimam, political editor for The Express Tribune in Karachi, about reaction in Pakistan to last week's American drone strike that killed the Pakistani Taliban leader.

Christmas Will Come Early To Venezuela, But Is It Just A Ploy?

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced an early start to the Christmas season because he wants "happiness for everyone." The decision means that workers will receive the first two-thirds of their Christmas bonuses and pensions this month. Critics say he's just looking for votes ahead of municipal elections in December.

On The Block: Gandhi's Spinning Wheel, Napoleon's Last Will

The Indian independence leader used the portable "charkha" to make his own thread and cloth while a prisoner of the British in the early 1930s.

Why India's Mars Mission Is So Much Cheaper Than NASA's

India launched its first-ever probe to the red planet on Tuesday at a cost of one-tenth what NASA is expected to pay for its latest Mars mission.

Virtual 'Sweetie' Uncovered 1,000 Sexual Predators, Group Says

A Dutch charity created a computer-generated girl whom it says thousands of men from around the world asked to perform sex acts. It has turned over to Interpol information about 1,000 of the alleged online predators.

Toronto Mayor: 'Yes, I Have Smoked Crack Cocaine'

Rob Ford said it happened during the past year, perhaps during a "drunken stupor." Over the weekend, the embattled politician apologized but vowed to continue on as mayor.

Nazi Art Trove Includes Previously Unknown Matisse, Chagall Works

Of nearly 1,400 oil paintings, prints and other works, 1,285 had been stacked in a drawer, unframed. They include work by German expressionists such as Franz Marc and Max Beckmann, in addition to previously unknown paintings by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse.

Reporter's Notebook: Ofeibea Quist-Arcton On Nigeria

Hundreds of people have been killed in northern Nigeria this year. The violence is blamed on Boko Haram, an extremist group that claims to be fighting against westernization. Host Michel Martin learns more from NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who recently visited the town where Boko Haram was born.

Going On 'The Baby Chase' From Arizona To India

The new book "The Baby Chase" follows an Arizona couple all the way to India and back, in their quest to have a baby. Host Michel Martin is joined by author Leslie Morgan Steiner and Rhonda Wile, a nurse who hired two surrogates in India to have her children.