Forty seven people died in July when a freight train derailed and dozens of tanks carrying oil exploded and caught fire. Much of Lac-Megantic was leveled. For the first time since then, freight cars will travel through this week. Officials say they'll only carry "dry goods." Residents are worried.
Nelson Mandela was buried Sunday in his ancestral village. The leader's death has some South Africans worried about how the country, and the African National Congress, will move forward without him. For more, host Michel Martin speaks to NPR's Africa correspondent, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.
Thamsanqa Jantjie was on stage last week with President Obama and other world leaders at a service for Nelson Mandela. He's told a newspaper that in 2003 he helped hand out "mob justice." Two alleged thieves were burned to death. Jantjie wasn't prosecuted. He was judged to be mentally unfit.
Michelle Bachelet defeated her conservative rival Sunday with 62 percent of the vote. The center-left candidate was previously president from 2006-10. Although extremely popular when she left office, Bachelet was constitutionally barred from seeking a second consecutive term.
A retired butler has been "completely overwhelmed" by the response to a story about him in The Irish Post. James Gray put an ad in the paper, saying he's spent the last 10 Christmases alone, and he wanted this year to be different.
Weeks of post-election political limbo have ended in Germany. The country's main center-left party has voted to join the coalition government of Angela Merkel. The move clears the way for her to start her third term as chancellor.
It's National Reconciliation Day in South Africa — an annual public holiday. The country is marking it for the first time without Nelson Mandela. On Sunday, South Africa bid a final, emotional goodbye to Mandela.
As India marks the anniversary of the infamous gang rape in New Delhi, it is ending the year as it began: in upheaval over its treatment of women. In a recent series of cases, men in positions of privilege are alleged to have sexually harassed or assaulted female employees. The episodes spotlight the absence of women's rights in the Indian workplace.
Boulevard Brewing has become a Kansas City staple since its founding in the 1980s. It has many loyal local fans — and soon, a new international owner, Duvel. The deal says a lot about how the world now values a product made with a firm sense of place.
When the popularity of catfish moved from the South across the U.S. in the 1980s, American catfish farmers could barely keep up with demand. But Vietnam has flooded the U.S. market with cheaper catfish, driving many catfish farms out of business and sparking a dispute that threatens a major trade deal.
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