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Weapons Inspectors Report Progress In Syria

The international team says it hopes to begin onsite inspections and the initial disabling of equipment within a week.

Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

Rick Najera's name may not sound familiar, but his work is famous in Hollywood. Host Michel Martin talks with the funnyman about his career and his book Almost White: Forced Confessions of A Latino in Hollywood.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Moises Naim of El Pais, Elise Labott of CNN and Yochi Dreazen of Foreign Policy join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories, including: President Barack Obama shortens a trip to Asia because of the U.S. government shutdown. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urges the world to keep pressure on Iran. And an international team begins work on dismantling Syria's chemical weapons.


Boss Releases Video After Employees' 'I Quit' Video

Marina Shifrin became an Internet sensation when she danced her way out of the office to Kayne West's hit song "Gone." Captions detailed her grievances. Her former company, in Taiwan, makes animated videos. The new video ends with the final line: We're hiring.

Dozens Dead, More Feared Lost, After Shipwreck Off Sicily

A ship packed with African migrants trying to reach Italy apparently caught fire before sinking. It's thought there were about 500 people on board. The vessel had set off from Libya, authorities say.

Fashion Designer Mark Jacobs To Leave Louis Vuitton

After 16 years at Louis Vuitton, Mark Jacobs is expected to focus on an eventual IPO for his own brand, which could come within three years. Investors are interested, partly because the designer Michael Kors had a public offering in 2011, and since then shares have tripled in value.

Even With Peace, It's Hard To Be A Liberian Entrepreneur

Ten years of peace in Liberia has created opportunities for education and entrepreneurs. But challenges remain, including no electricity, widespread corruption and weak infrastructure. Twenty-four-year-old Pandora Hodge is a budding restaurateur and art theater owner trying to make it in Liberia.

Israel Eases Restriction On Building Materials To Gaza Strip

The Egyptian military operation to destroy most of the tunnels used to smuggle goods into neighboring Gaza has led to a shortage of cheap fuel and building materials. It also has led to more sewage flowing into the sea. Change is afoot, however, for the first time in six years.

Russia Charges Greenpeace Activists With Piracy

As threatened, Russia has lodged piracy charges against four environmental activists and a freelance British videographer for their parts in a Sept. 18 protest at an offshore oil rig in the Russian Arctic. Those charged were among 30 people who were detained aboard the Greenpeace vessel "Arctic Sunrise" after two activists tried to climb aboard the rig.

A Month In Mamelodi: 'Slum Tourism?'

South Africans Julian and Ena Hewitt made headlines when they swapped their comfortable home for a shack in the townships. They speak to host Michel Martin about what they call a lesson in empathy.