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A Tour Of Language And Customs In Brazil

While in Brazil this week, Melissa Block has heard our local fixer Catherine Osborn use all kinds of greetings and salutations in conversations with people throughout the day. Osborn walks us through some of the customs of everyday interactions in Rio.

In Brazil, Soccer Is A Way Of Life

Brazil is a five-time World Cup soccer champion; no other country can say that. At the Maracana stadium for a club game this past weekend it was rockin', even with just 19,000 fans.

All Across Brazil, The Art Scene Is Shifting

Not only are Brazilian artists now getting big play in major museums around the world, but something new is happening inside Brazil: There's a burgeoning appetite for art.

Will The U.S. Grant A Visa To Sudan's Indicted Leader?

The U.S. is supposed to allow everyone to come to the annual United Nations General Assembly, which opens next week. But Washington has yet to rule on the visa application by Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president who's been indicted on genocide charges by the International Criminal Court.
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A Standoff In Kenya And Terrorism Around The World

Kojo explores the impact of the rapidly developing standoff in Nairobi, Kenya, -- and what it means for efforts to combat terrorism in East Africa and around the world.

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Egyptian Court Bans Muslim Brotherhood

An Egyptian court has ruled to disband the Muslim Brotherhood and to freeze all of the group’s assets. We discuss what the latest developments mean for democracy in Egypt and for its relations with the U.S.

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The UN General Assembly

With the General Assembly in session in New York, we look at the role the body is playing in the Syria debate and the world.


Powerful Typhoon Has Hong Kong In Its Sights

The storm, which packed winds of 150 mph on Friday, is expected to weaken before it hits the Chinese territory.

In First Step, Syria Outlines Chemical Weapons Program

An international watchdog based in the Netherlands says it has received an "initial declaration" of chemical weapons from Damascus.

Diplomacy With Iran: Deja Vu All Over Again?

Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani has launched a charm offensive ahead of his visit to the U.N. General Assembly next week, leading to speculation of a new course for relations with the U.S. But there are plenty of reasons for skepticism — Iran's history with the U.S. not the least of them.