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North Korea Blocks South Korean Workers From Shared Facility

Earlier this week we talked about the Kaesong Industrial Complex with a North Korea expert — professor Aidan Foster-Carter from Leeds University. The facility is the North Korean manufacturing base for 120 South Korean firms and is a workplace for Koreans from both sides of the border. Now that South Korean workers have been blocked from entering the complex, Audie Cornish checks in with Foster-Carter once again.
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FilmFest D.C.

The Washington D.C. International Film Festival kicks off this week with a smorgasbord of more than 80 films from around the world, playing at theaters across the city.

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New Mortgage Program Helps Cambodia's Poor Find Better Homes

An innovative new loan program in Cambodia targeting low-income residents is a throwback to the days when bankers got to know their customers — and trusted them.
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The Sky Isn't Falling Over The Korean Peninsula — Yet

ANALYSIS: The threats are coming almost daily. But put what's being said by North Korean leaders in context, and remember, we've heard this before. Still, war on the Korean peninsula would be disastrous. So the talk can't be dismissed.
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Friday News Roundup - International

North Korean threats prompt the U.S. to boost missile defenses in the Pacific. Syria’s civil war claims a record 6,000 lives in March. And the U.N. adopts a global arms trade treaty. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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North Korea Moves Missile, Threatens To Close Factories Used By South

South Korea's defense minister says the missile could have been moved for testing or for drills, and that there's no sign of military mobilizations that could suggest preparations for a full-scale conflict.
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South Africans: Why Were Paratroopers In Central African Republic?

The deaths of 13 South African soldiers in the mutinous Central African Republic has opposition politicians asking why South African troops were there. The ruling ANC has denied it has any business in the Central African Republic — which is rich in natural resources, including diamonds and uranium.
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Risks Increase For Humanitarian Aid Workers In Syria

David Greene talks to Muhannad Hadi, the World Food Program's regional emergency coordinator for Syria, about the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria. The civil war there has entered its third year, and last month was its deadliest.

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