Residents of Zimbabwe's second largest city are flushing the toilets at the same time tonight. The action isn't some form of protest, but the result of 72 hours of water restrictions thanks to a severe drought.
Fifty years ago, Charles de Gaulle traveled to Ludwigsburg, Germany, to declare "Long live Bonn, long live Germany, long live the Franco-German friendship." NPR's Philip Reeves reports on the state of the Franco-German friendship in this time of euro debt crisis.
In South Africa, thousands of mineworkers have embarked on industrial action that began with a deadly pay strike by platinum workers. They've agreed a wage deal with their management, this week, but the labor unrest is spreading to other platinum and gold mines in an industry that's the engine of South Africa's economy. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton discusses the repercussions with host Scott Simon.
In Spain, a parallel economy has sprung up amid high unemployment and insecurity over the euro's future. Some Spaniards have created time banks, with workers earning hours, rather than money, and then bartering those hours for other services.
For the past year and a half, every Friday in Syria has been given a name. That's because every Friday, people protest against the government, and those protests get a title. This week's title? "Syrian sons and daughters of the Prophet Mohammed are being slaughtered." In other words: "To all you Muslims who are angry about the denigration of the Prophet Mohammed in some YouTube film? Don't forget about us."
An Iranian opposition group that has carried out terrorist attacks inside Iran is being removed from the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist organizations. Several Americans died in those attacks. The group known as the MEK has lobbied Congress, former U.S. officials and the media tirelessly. Word came on Friday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to delist the group. The MEK met a key U.S. demand by vacating the base in Iraq from which it operated when Saddam Hussein was in power and Iraq and Iran were sworn enemies.
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