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Amid Calls For Reform, China Waits For New Leaders

As China prepares for a once-in-a-decade leadership transition, pressures are mounting for the party to change. Discontent over stalled political reforms, a U-turn in economic policy, and a political scandal involving murder and corruption suggest change is expected — but it could be only limited in scope.

'The Revolutionary': An Unrequited Love For China

Sidney Rittenberg is one of the only American citizens to have joined the Chinese Communist Party. Though he was imprisoned for 16 of his 35 years in China, he still regards Chairman Mao as both hero and criminal.

German Lawmakers Move To Quell Uproar Over Circumcision

A German regional court effectively banned circumcision this summer after ruling that the ancient practice amounts to assault. That fueled accusations of religious intolerance in a country still haunted by its Nazi past. Now lawmakers are pushing through a bill to make circumcision legal.

With Topless Protests, 'Sextremists' March In Paris

Forget placards and catchy slogans. A Ukrainian feminist movement has a more effective weapon: topless protests. Now, members of Femen have taken their "sextremism" to Paris, where they hope to train new recruits. A recent protest in front of the Justice Ministry certainly attracted lots of attention.

Car Bomb Kills Top Official, 7 Others, In Beirut

An explosion in central Beirut has killed at least eight people, including a senior intelligence official, and wounded at least 78, state media in Lebanon report. Host Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about the bombing.
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Morning-After Analysis Of The Final Presidential Debate

Morning-after analysis of the final debate in the presidential race. President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney on foreign policy.


Extreme Animal Portraits: Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Winners

The competition celebrates the inner soul and beauty of animals from around the world.

Lebanese Security Official May Have Been Target Of Deadly Bombing

At least eight people are dead and 78 are wounded, state news media report, while victims scramble to get out of the debris. The attack, possibly a car bomb, happened on a street where a group that opposes Syrian President Bashar Assad has offices.