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After The Quake In China: A Survivor's Story

Natural disasters make the headlines. But we rarely hear how the survivors are doing years later. Here's the story of Zhang Ming, who suffered devastating losses in the 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan province.
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Jessica Buchanan & Erik Landemalm: "Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping Of Jessica Buchanan And Her Dramatic Rescue By SEAL Team Six"

The rescue of an American aid worker kidnapped in Somalia. The story of her ordeal and why she intends to return to Africa.


Welcome to 'Parallels,' NPR's International News Blog

From NPR's reporters around the globe, our new blog will look to make sense of a big, messy, confusing world.

Five Years After A Quake, Chinese Cite Shoddy Reconstruction

A massive 2008 temblor in Sichuan province killed some 90,000 Chinese and pointed to the poor construction practices in China. The rebuilding effort was supposed to showcase modern China. But today, many survivors are angry over what they say is official corruption, ranging from poor construction and unpaid workers to bribes and improper compensation for seized land.

Vietnam's Appetite For Rhino Horn Drives Poaching In Africa

Demand for rhino horn, used in traditional Chinese medicine, is fueling a slaughter of the animals in Africa. In Vietnam, the sought-after commodity is fetching prices as high as $1,400 an ounce, or about the price of gold. There, some believe ground horn can cure everything from hangovers to cancer.

North Korea Replaces Hard-Line Defense Chief

Pyongyang's top military commander, who is thought responsible for deadly attacks on South Korea, is replaced by a relative unknown.

Drawing Security Lessons From Benghazi Mission Attack

The debate continues over the handling of the September attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. But retired Marine Col. Gary Anderson says some important lessons have already been learned about strengthening diplomatic security and inter-agency communication.