Latin America has some of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the world. Many countries in the region have a total ban. In Brazil, abortion is illegal, but there are some exceptions. A new bill is trying to roll those exceptions back.
German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been suspended by Pope Francis after reports about lavish spending on renovations at his residence in Limburg. Now, the home he spent tens of millions of dollars on may be put to use as a refugee center or soup kitchen.
News organizations in France, Germany and Spain have reported wide-spread monitoring by the National Security Agency in their countries. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with journalists from Der Spiegel and Le Figaro, about the recent revelations.
Disclosures that the National Security Agency has spied on U.S. allies, including France and Germany, have sparked outrage in Europe and created tensions in trans-Atlantic relations. But just how widespread is such spying?
Also, a former South African minister was briefly detained in New York, apparently owing to an outdated terrorist watch list.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.
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