Also, a former South African minister was briefly detained in New York, apparently owing to an outdated terrorist watch list. And India assesses security in the aftermath of deadly blasts that targeted an opposition party.
Documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden continue to expose secrets. There's also a new report that the NSA may have been monitoring the German chancellor's phone calls since 2002.
Part of the Affordable Care Act's back-office technology thought to be working well failed on Sunday... President Obama didn't know until this summer that the NSA was spying on leaders of some of its strongest allies... The Pentagon has a 92-year old futurist nicknamed "Yoda."
German officials are scrambling to gather more information and U.S. officials are assessing diplomatic options in the wake of claims that the U.S. National Security Agency has been monitoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone for more than a decade. Renee Montagne talks to Tim Naftali of the New America Foundation about America's history of spying and what this recent news means for the U.S. relationship with its European allies.
In this weekend's podcast of All Things Considered, host Arun Rath explores the power of Hollywood whisper campaigns, learns what some people are doing to prepare for "the big one," and talks to first time composer Alexander Ebert.
From the list of things a person with multiple sclerosis can't do, we must erase "sky-dive over Mount Everest." That's because Frenchman Marc Kopp, 55, jumped from an aircraft at an altitude of some 32,000 feet this weekend.
Over the past week, prosecutors gave closing arguments in the case against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, two top members of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime. Host Arun Rath speaks with journalist Elizabeth Becker about the U.N. tribunal trying the Khmer Rouge members for war crimes. Becker covered the conflict in Cambodia in the 1970s and was one of the few journalists to enter the country while the Khmer Rouge was in power. She is the author of When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution.
Some Roma children in Europe have been removed from their families recently because outsiders suspected the blond, blue-eyed children had been kidnapped. For Americans who grew up in multiracial, adoptive, or blended families, the stories give pause for thought.
The process of cataloging and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is continuing, as the country met Sunday's deadline for submitting a formal declaration. Weapons experts must also complete their inspection of all 23 storage and production sites today.
In a charming tradition, hundreds gather regularly to sing folk songs in an underground station in the Ukrainian capital. It's an older crowd — some shuffle, some move at a stately pace, and some are as lively as the day they learned those steps.
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