The Basque region has long been infamous as home to the ETA separatist group, fighting for independence from Madrid. But with a cease-fire in place, the Basque country is now becoming known for its strong economy.
Vaccination campaigns have erased polio in almost every country in the world, but the disease persists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Obstacles in each country, including religious extremism, difficult terrain and transient populations, make eradication efforts difficult.
A group of respected world leaders who call themselves "The Elders" have made it their goal to find solutions for a host of intractable global problems. Two members, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson discuss their accomplishments and ongoing projects.
Many scientists expressed outrage after an Italian court convicted six earthquake experts of manslaughter for not doing enough to warn the public before a 2009 quake that killed more than 300 people. NPR foreign correspondent Sylvia Poggioli talks about the trial and other recent events in Italy.
Following wine, whiskey, cheese and chocolate, rooibos has been professionally swirled, sniffed and sipped in the interest of justifying its place in the premium tier of gourmet food pricing. The South African government is spearheading the effort.
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