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Saudi Arabia's Global Arms Shopping Spree

The Saudis accounted for a quarter of all sales by Germany. It's part of an emerging pattern of weapons purchases by Saudi Arabia and its neighbor United Arab Emirates. Both countries are major customers of the U.S., the world's No. 1 arms seller.

Family Asks North Korea To Release 85-Year-Old American

Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, Calif., was about to leave after a tour of the communist country. But he hasn't been seen since Oct. 26, when a military officer asked him to get off a plane that was about to take off.
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Friday News Roundup - International

The U.S. announces a tentative security deal with Afghanistan. Talks on Iran's nuclear program resume in Geneva. And a Beirut suicide bombing heightens fears Lebanon will be drawn into Syria's war. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


Obama Says U.S. Will Respect Afghan Sovereignty

Afghan and U.S. officials have agreed on a draft security pact, but Afghan elders are debating whether to approve it. President Obama has told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. would conduct raids on homes only under "extraordinary circumstances."

World Headlines: Colombian President To Seek Re-Election

Juan Manuel Santos, whose government has been negotiating with FARRC rebels, said he wanted to bring peace to the country. In other news, a top Indian editor is accused of sexual assault; and an Internet report in New Zealand shows who is being left behind.

World Food Program Responds To Philippine Disaster

Renee Montagne talks to Ertharin Cousin, director of the World Food Program, about the challenge of providing food and supplies to communities across the globe. That includes war-ravaged locations in Syria to communities stricken by natural disasters such as the Philippine city of Tacloban.

2014 Greece Budget To Contain No Austerity Measures

Greece is set to submit a 2014 budget to parliament on Thursday, and it does not include the new wage cuts and tax hikes requested by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Those institutions lent Greece billions in bailout loans and are demanding austerity.

Afghans Debate Future U.S. Military Presence

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has convened an assembly of tribal and religious leaders to debate a proposed security pact with the United States. The accord would allow some U.S. forces to remain in the country following the completion of NATO'S withdrawal at the end of 2014.

Hamid Karzai Lives In A 'World Of Paranoia And Conspiracy'

Steve Inskeep talks to William Dalrymple about his upcoming piece in The New York Times Magazine entitled: "How is Hamid Karzai Still Standing?" Dalrymple recently wrote the book, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42.

Around The World In ... A Lot Of Steps

Paul Salopek has discovered that the best way to a storyteller is by foot.