The sudden death of North Korea's leader, the ascension of his little-known son, and a rocket-launch failure marked a rocky year for the reclusive nation. In rare interviews, several North Koreans tell NPR that expectations of a better life have not been met.
In Egypt, President Mohammed Morsi has annulled a decree that gave him sweeping new powers last month. But the newly elected president is still facing major resistance to his efforts to ram through a new constitution. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson about the latest news from Egypt.
The move came a day after President Mohammed Morsi annulled a decree that gave him sweeping new powers last month, but said he would go ahead with the Dec. 15 referendum. At a news conference Sunday, the coalition group said the draft constitution "does not represent the Egyptian people."
U.S. forces rescued Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was kidnapped Dec. 5 along with two other aid workers outside Kabul. All three worked for Morning Star Development, a Colorado-based nonprofit. His associated were freed Saturday.
For the last decade, NATO and the international community have pumped billions of dollars into construction projects in Afghanistan. Yet with the drawdown of troops also comes a drawdown in the construction of bases and big infrastructure projects — and that's taking a big bite out of the economy and the bottom line of Afghan contractors.
Across Europe, the recession has hit media companies where thousands of journalists have been fired and many work for low wages. In Spain, journalists see the cutbacks as a threat to press freedom at a time when Spaniards need to understand the financial crisis they are facing.
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