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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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