The man who is about to become China's new leader, Xi Jinping, is well-traveled. In his current role as vice president, he's been to 41 countries, more than any other Chinese leader-to-be. In all his globetrotting, he's kept a soft spot for Muscatine, a small town in Iowa.
Logar Province, a flashpoint just south of Kabul, shows the challenges facing U.S. forces as they try to prepare Afghan troops to take over security. In some areas, Afghan troops lead operations. In others, insurgents still pose a serious threat, and the U.S. troops still have the lead role.
The move is the final hurdle for the beleaguered country to get a massive $40 billion international bailout. Greece would go bankrupt without the money, but saving the country is becoming economically and politically ever more difficult.
The director general of Britain's BBC network has resigned following a controversy over a report on child sex abuse. This is just the latest in what has been months of bad publicity for the broadcaster. NPR's Phillip Reeves reports.
Spain's slumping economy has sent thousands of people, many of them immigrants, scrounging in trash bins. Some scour the garbage for food, but many others are involved in a black-market trade for recycled materials.
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