A major expansion of the Panama Canal is fueling the tiny Central American country's economy. Last year, Panama's economy grew by more than 10 percent. But with roughly one-third of the country's people living in poverty, critics say the growth is primarily benefiting a small elite.
The World Bank has named Dr. Jim Yong Kim as its new president. Kim is a Korean-born American and currently the president of Dartmouth University. Kim is a health expert who doesn't have strong finance credentials. Audie Cornish talks with John Ydstie about Kim's appointment.
The Taliban's so-called "spring offensive" started off with a bang with weekend attacks in Kabul and other cities. The capital is reportedly quiet now but the situation elsewhere is unclear. The casualty toll appears to be relatively low but the scope of the attack demonstrates the insurgents' capacity to strike almost anywhere. Audie Cornish talks to NPR's Quil Lawrence.
The Obama administration and members of Congress are incensed about a prostitution scandal involving the Secret Service. The co-author of a book about the elite federal law enforcement agency says the president's security was never at risk. The agency's stellar reputation, however, is damaged.
The United Nations Security Council issued a strong condemnation after North Korea's failed satellite launch attempt. Such condemnations were also issued in 2006 and 2009. In a piece in Foreign Affairs, Dartmouth College government professor Jennifer Lind argues that North Korea gets too many second chances.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Sunday's multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul. U.S. officials are praising Afghan forces, but questions remain about how the insurgents were able to infiltrate the most secure parts of the capital.
President Obama is back in Washington after a weekend summit in Colombia. The gathering with leaders from throughout the western hemisphere produced some agreement on trade timelines and some disagreement on drug policy and Cuba. The summit was almost eclipsed before it began by a scandal involving prostitutes and Secret Service agents.
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