Among the many reasons for ongoing riots in Turkey: A recent law restricting the advertising and sale of alcohol. Secular Turks see the new rules as the latest effort by the ruling AK Party to impose religious values on the population.
As part of NPR's series on crime in Latin America, we're looking at Brazil's efforts to occupy and clean up Rio's crime-ridden favelas, or shantytowns, before the World Cup and the Olympics. But as a consequence, criminals have dispersed to outlying areas where there are fewer resources.
The European Commission says it disagrees with the International Monetary Fund's conclusion that mistakes were made in the handling of Greece's financial crisis. In a report issued Wednesday, the IMF acknowledged it had underestimated the damage done by austerity. The European Commission responded by saying the IMF is ignoring the interconnected nature of euro-area member states.
China's acquisition of Smithfield Ham will have to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which will assess the national security implications of the deal. The committee looks at the broader pattern of Chinese investment in the United States and what issues it raises. Revision of a bilateral investment treaty will be on the agenda for the summit of the U.S. and Chinese presidents.
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