China's newest five-year plan aims to make the country an aerospace powerhouse — and indirectly, a more modern, prosperous, sophisticated industrial nation. The plan would help Chinese companies expand outside national borders and grab a chunk of the aerospace market — but will it succeed?
This week's G-8 summit comes at a time when all of the member countries face tough economic and political problems. Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, questioned what the G-8 can accomplish in an article for ForeignPolicy.com. Host Scott Simon talks with Bremmer about whether the group still matters.
The flame for the London Olympics, which was ignited by the rays of the sun in the 2,800-year-old Temple of Hera in Greece, arrives in the UK Saturday. It was carried from Olympia in a lantern that flew aboard a gold-painted plane. Vicki Barker has more on the flame's relay race to London.
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his family have been cleared to leave China and travel to the U.S. They are scheduled to land in Newark, N.J., on Saturday afternoon. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Frank Langfitt about the latest developments.
Zimbabwe's 2008 elections were marred by extreme violence. In the aftermath, the country's two main political parties were forced to share power. Now, elections are once again on the horizon. As Anders Kelto reports, the violence is escalating while many are still trying to heal.
Hundreds of Turkish women die each year at the hands of men, often their husband or a family member, and many more are routinely abused. Activists say the police and legal response has been dismal. One group has issued a controversial proposal: arming at-risk women and training them in self-defense.
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