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Mexican Lawmakers Hope Private Investment Will Boost Oil Industry

Mexico's congress is set to pass a controversial plan to open up the country's vast and sluggish oil industry to private investment. The move requires a constitutional amendment since Mexico forbids foreign involvement in the oil industry. Opponents of the plan say the president is selling out the country, but many experts say that without foreign investment, Mexico won't be able to tap all its oil and won't modernize.

Memory Of Mandela Hangs Heavy At African Leaders' Summit

The news of Nelson Mandela's death came as dozens of African leaders gathered in Paris for a two-day summit on building peace and security across the continent. Though Mandela's death overshadowed other issues, it also reinforce participants' determination to make progress.

51 Years Ago, Nelson Mandela Was Arrested And Charged With Treason

In 2004, All Things Considered aired a documentary called "Mandela: An Audio History" by producers Joe Richman and Sue Johnson of Radio Diaries. It tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through the voices of Mandela and the people who fought with and against him.This selection from that documentary recalls Mandela's treason trial, in which he was convicted and sentenced to serve life in prison on Robben Island.

Egyptians Poised To Vote On Controversial New Constitution

Egyptians are preparing to vote on a new constitution, again. When the last constitution was approved, President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was in power. He was ousted in July. The latest constitution was drafted by the military-backed government that ousted Morsi. Nathan Brown, who studies constitutionalism and rule of law in the Arab world, talks to Robert Siegel about what's at stake in the process, and the criticism the draft constitution has received. Brown is a professor at George Washington University and a scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Religious Violence Escalates In Central African Republic

France sends troops to its former colony after clashes between Muslims and Christians left nearly 300 dead.
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Understanding Nelson Mandela's Legacy

Kojo explores the events that made the end of apartheid one of the most powerful triumphs for human rights in the 20th century.


Driving Pakistan's Badlands In A Vintage British Convertible

The founder of Pakistan's classic car club hops in his 1954 Austin-Healey and drives from one end of the troubled country to the other with his wife and friends. Why? Mostly because it's fun, but also as a statement of defiance to those causing havoc in Pakistan.

Italian Court Convicts Egyptian Cleric Abducted By CIA

Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr was kidnapped in 2003 in Milan, Italy, and transferred to Egypt as part of the CIA's program of extraordinary rendition. He now lives in Egypt and is unlikely to serve any of his six-year sentence.

Shanghai's Choking Smog Registers 'Beyond Index'

Officials in China's commercial capital ordered schoolchildren to stay indoors, construction to halt and even delayed flights because of the city's highest-ever pollution levels.

U.S. Flags Lowered For Mandela, A Rare Honor For Foreign Leaders

President Obama ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff until Monday — a symbolic gesture of a nation in mourning. It's a tradition observed by countries around the world, one that began as early as the 17th century.