Russia's population is smaller than it was back in 1991, when the Soviet Union broke up. Contracting populations are rare among countries that are not at war, and the Russian exodus includes many talented, educated people.
Africa is in the middle of what Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times calls an epic elephant slaughter. He says poachers are killing more elephants now than at any time in the last two decades. He talks to Steve Inskeep about what's behind the resurgence in poaching and where the ivory is going.
In Montreal, Canada, one person is dead and another wounded in an apparent political assassination attempt. The shooting happened at a midnight victory rally to celebrate the election of Quebec's separatist party. David Greene talks to Sue Montgomery, a political reporter with the Montreal Gazette.
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