Cuba is one of the world's last remaining communist states. Cuba's allies in China and Vietnam also maintain firm one-party rule, but have prospered by introducing market principles to their economic models.
In Latin America, high courts are expanding the rights of gay people, including the right to marry. Now many courts are also ruling in favor of gay adoption. One case that could set an important precedent involves a lesbian couple in Colombia.
Some drivers in Israel now have electric car batteries that never need to be charged. They can just pull into Better Place, a company that has built battery changing stations designed to be just as convenient as gas stations.
People thought the hardy Jatropha tree was the answer to the food v. fuel debate, until it wasn't. Financial hard times and a misunderstanding revealed this biofuel to be like all the rest — in need of good food and water.
The 8,000 graves of Happy Valley cemetery in Hong Kong tell the island's untold early history through the lives of pirates and prostitutes, missionaries and merchants. NPR correspondent Louisa Lim's mother devoted a decade to chronicling the last resting place of Hong Kong's earliest settlers.
After decades of bloody warlords and lawlessness, there is new hope for political moves towards stability in Mogadishu. A parliament chosen by clan elders and vetted to keep out bad elements is to choose a new president. All Things Considered host Audie Cornish talks with the BBC's Somalia analyst Mary Harper about the latest developments.
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