The hawala system has been long used by those outside the formal banking sector. It gives people a quick, cheap and anonymous way to send money back home. But the very reasons it's attractive to them also make hawala attractive to terrorists.
In the mountains around Acapulco, mudslides and floods have killed dozens of people. In the resort city itself, 30,000 tourists are trying to leave — but there are few flights out. Meanwhile, Mexico's Gulf coast is also being pummeled.
One of the world's smallest is a version of the nursery rhyme "Old King Cole" — no bigger than a grain of rice. Back in the 1800s, one Scottish publisher discovered that a poorly selling copy of poems by Robert Burns became a bestseller when he miniaturized it.
Afghanistan's national soccer team has achieved what no other institution has managed to do recently: unify the country. The team won a tough South Asian tournament last week, and Afghans across the country took to the streets to fire their guns and celebrate. Renee Montagne talks to Ahmad Arash Hatifie, who plays midfield for Afghanistan.
The U.S. government moved this week to seize a Manhattan skyscraper said to be secretly owned by Iran. To discuss how such targeting of Iran's financial assets fits into the broader strategy of ending its nuclear program, Renee Montagne talks to former White House and Treasury Department official Juan Zarate.
The bill, which the French Senate approved, is aimed at protecting girls from being sexualized. It's part of a larger measure on women's rights. The legislation still must be approved by the lower house of parliament.
Renee Montagne talks to Michael Weissenstein, of The Associated Press, about the deadly flooding and landslides caused by two tropical storms that hit Mexico this week. Some of the worst damage is around the resort town of Acapulco, where tens of thousands of tourists are stranded.
In India Thursday, markets soared tracking a global surge in assets. The rally erupted over the surprising move by the U.S. Federal Reserve to continue its monetary stimulus that has poured cheap money into the global economy.
Gallup says more Americans see Russia as unfriendly or an enemy — as opposed to friendly or an ally — for the first time in at least 15 years. The Gallup poll also found that more than half of Americans view Russian President Vladimir Putin unfavorably.
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