Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Asia was supposed to be about trade. Biden's first stop is in Japan, which is anxious for support from its U.S. ally in its confrontation with China over the sovereignty of disputed islands in the East China Sea. Biden will then visit Beijing, which wants the U.S. to reign in what it sees as Japanese nationalist aggression. The trip ends in South Korea, which has its own issues with Japan and China.
NPR's Planet Money team has manufactured a T-shirt. All this week we're following its journey around the globe. Today, the T-shirt makes a detour in the Pacific Ocean. Cotton from America gets shipped to a factory in Indonesia where it gets transformed into yarn.
The polio outbreak in Syria has spread to four cities, and new cases are suspected each day. But U.N. agencies responsible for combating the outbreak can work only with the Syrian government. This limitation has hobbled vaccination efforts in rebel-held regions, where the virus was first detected.
At issue are comments the singer made in an interview in which he drew a line between Nazis and Croats. The France-based Croat group calls it "an incitement to hatred." France has strict laws against hate speech.
David Risher, who helped Amazon become an online retail behemoth, has set his sights on a new frontier: global literacy. Using e-readers and cellphone apps, Risher's nonprofit, Worldreader, brings books to students in literature-starved communities.
Well, that depends on what you're looking for. Butterflies? Singapore's Changi can't be beat. Biergarten? Try Munich's airport. Wings? Buffalo, naturally. Chocolate? Brussels is your best bet. Here's a totally unscientific list of the best places to be stuck while you're awaiting your flight.
A computer game wants you to help survey the world's cropland. The hope is that the map will be used by organizations around the globe that are working with farmers to manage their crops better and get more out of each harvest.
Workers removed the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed into the Clutha Bar in Glasgow late Friday. Rescue personnel also were making a final sweep to ensure there weren't any more bodies in the debris, and family members of those missing expressed frustration at the pace of search efforts.
Watch what happens as a bird in western Australia lifts off with a camera and then pecks away at the lens after carrying the device about 70 miles. It's the latest in a series of fascinating scenes from eagle cams.
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