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How I Flunked China's Driving Test ... Three Times

NPR's Frank Langfitt recently decided to apply for a driver's license in China. Since he already has a U.S. license, the main requirement was passing a computerized test on Chinese rules of the road. He's been driving for decades, and figured it would be a breeze. He was wrong.
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Do You Have What It Takes To Get A Chinese Driver's License?

Everyone who applies for a driver's license in China must take a written test; 90 percent is considered passing. The test consists of 100 questions drawn from a pool of nearly 1,000. The test is particularly tough for foreigners — due to the volume of memorization and often sketchy translations.
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New Law Targets Gay People In Nigeria

Only days after Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan signed a law further criminalizing homosexuality, police have reportedly started rounding up gay men in Africa's most populous country. Host Michel Martin learns more from the BBC's Tomi Oladipo in Lagos.
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India Unveils Handgun For Women After Much-Publicized Rapes

The .32-caliber weapon comes amid a spate of reports about rapes in the country. The gun is named for the victim of a 2012 gang rape and murder in New Delhi. But reaction to the Nirbheek has been mixed.
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Can Grandmothers Change The World?

Bunker Roy shares stories from a school in India that equips rural women for leadership by training them to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors.
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Japanese Soldier Who Fought On For 29 Years After WWII Dies

For nearly three decades, until 1974, Lt. Hiroo Onoda lived in a Philippine jungle. During those years he continued to battle with villagers. As many as 30 people were killed. It wasn't until his former commander ordered Onoda to lay down his arms that he surrendered. Onoda died Thursday. He was 91.
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U.S. Tries To Limit Iran's Role At Syrian Peace Talks

Prospects for a political settlement to Syria's civil war at next week's talks in Geneva are slim. Iran is a main backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Renee Montagne assesses that support in a conversation with Iran-watcher Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council.
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Colombia Aims To Improve Its Embattled Mining Industry

Alabama-based Drummond Co. has been fined $3.6 million in Colombia for polluting beaches and dumping coal into the ocean. Drummond reflects the wider dilemma facing the Colombian government when it comes to mining. It is promoting foreign investment but environmental controls are lax, leading to contaminated rivers, mercury poisoning and deforestation.
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Catalonia Pushes For Independence From Spain

Lawmakers in the Spanish province of Catalonia have voted overwhelmingly in favor of holding a November referendum on independence from Spain. Madrid says it won't allow that to happen but it's unclear if it can stop the vote from taking place.
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'Lost Boy' Who Survived Civil War Avoids More Bloodshed

David Greene talks to Daniel Majok Gai, a former so-called Lost Boy who was in the new nation of South Sudan when violence erupted last month. He and his family spent a week hiding out in bushes and eventually escaped to Kenya. In 1987 when Gai was a boy, he was separated from his family during Sudan's civil war.

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