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Scammers Taking Advantage Of Retail Data Breaches

Hackers may have collected the financial data of millions of Target customers last holiday season. Now, scammers are trying to take advantage of the chaos. Sheryl Harris, consumer columnist at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, talks to host Michel Martin about protecting your finances from bad guys.

Philippine Police Used 'Wheel Of Torture,' Rights Group Says

Punishments, which were chosen by spinning a roulette wheel, included a "20 second Manny Pacquiao" in which suspects were punched for 20 seconds, according to Amnesty International. The practice allegedly was used on more than 40 detainees, mostly suspected drug traffickers.

Despite Soundproof Box, Egypt's Morsi Is Defiant In Court

Deposed President Mohammed Morsi appeared in court on charges related to a 2011 prison break. It was Morsi's second appearance in court since he was ousted in a military-backed coup in July amid nationwide protests against his rule. The trial was adjourned until Feb. 22.

Opposition 'Gaining Ground' In Ukraine?

The prime minister is quitting. Anti-protest laws have been repealed. Moves are being made that may give protesters amnesty. But the opposition says it will remain in the streets until the government agrees to its demands, which include new elections.

In China's Hugely Indebted Cities, Some Big Bills Are Coming Due

China's rapid growth has been fueled in large part by rampant borrowing. Local governments have racked up nearly $3 trillion in debt. Experts say such growth isn't sustainable, but the Communist Party controls the banking system, so defaults aren't likely.

Drug Cartel Leader Captured In Mexico's Michoacan State

Mexican authorities have arrested one of the top drug cartel leaders in the western state of Michoacan. Federal forces recently moved into the state to disarm civilian vigilantes who have been fighting to reclaim their communities from the cartel.

Broad Issues Galvanize Ukraine Protesters' Stand

The political unrest in Ukraine is spreading. Steve Inskeep talks to Steven Pifer, senior analyst at the Brookings Institution and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, about the issues behind the upheaval in Ukraine.
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What's At Stake In El Salvador's Presidential Election

Salvadorans will vote Feb. 2 for a new president, with absentee ballots cast for the first time by expats. We explore the impact on Washington's big Salvadoran community.


No Surprises: Egyptian Military Endorses Its Chief For President

Out of Cairo on Monday came new indications that Egypt's military chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will run for president in an election expected within the next three months. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt's highest military body, disseminated a message praising Sisi and endorsing him for a presidential bid.

The Doctor At The Heart Of The U.S.-Pakistan Rift

Prickly relations between the U.S. and Islamabad are becoming even thornier because of one issue: the case of Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden in 2011. Afridi is seen as a hero by many Americans, but that didn't deter Pakistan from jailing him for alleged militant ties. The U.S. Congress is withholding $33 million in aid to Pakistan until the doctor is freed. But Afridi's lawyer fears this tactic will antagonize Islamabad. He urgently wants Afridi freed, warning that the doctor is at severe risk of being killed by fellow prisoners.