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Blood Red, Steel Tower Honors London Olympics

Money to build the AcelorMittal Orbit Tower came from Britain's richest man, steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal. At 377 feet high, it's Britai's largest public work of art. The design of the tower has generated a lot of criticism.

Once Tolerated, Alcohol Now Creates Rift In Tunisia

Before Tunisia's revolution last year, alcohol was broadly accepted in the country, considered one of the more secular Arab states. But as Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep reports, Islamists are gaining influence and that has created a debate on how the country should deal with drinking.

A Party On The Rise, Germany's Pirates Come Ashore

It doesn't have a plan to save the euro or clear policies on an array of issues, but the German Pirate Party is winning converts and elections with its vision of digital democracy through "liquid feedback."

Female Presidential Candidate Blazes Trail In Mexico

Josefina Vazquez Mota is the first woman from a major political party to run for president. She has pledged to crack down on corruption but is having trouble distancing herself from President Felipe Calderon. He's from the same party, and his drug war has failed to halt cartel violence.

On Pakistan's 'Sesame Street,' Everything's Not A-OK

The U.S. is ending millions of dollars in funding for Pakistan's version of Sesame Street, which began airing six months ago. Officials say allegations of fraud by the Pakistani company that's producing the TV show prompted the decision, which comes amid a tense period in U.S.-Pakistan relations.