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Questions Surround FBI Agent's Disappearance

The case of a former FBI agent who disappeared from an Iranian resort island nearly five years ago has come back into the headlines. His family has decided to tell the media, for the first time, about some developments in the case that occurred last year — including a video of the former agent, Robert Levinson, who is shown asking the government to work for his release. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston talks to Lynn Neary about the questions surrounding the case and the family's efforts to bring Levinson home.

Mexico Busts Drug Cartels' Private Phone Networks

Mexico's military recently dismantled phone networks that drug cartels were using in northern Mexico to assist with their smuggling operations. A number of telecommunications workers have been kidnapped in the past couple of years and were presumably forced to build these networks.

Russia By Rail: Getting Into Hot Water

Passengers on the Trans-Siberian Railway gather to make tea, coffee, oatmeal, soup, pasta or anything instant whose preparation demands hot water.

Limbo Status Inevitable For Migrants, Expert Says

This week Tell Me More's 'In Limbo' series has explored four personal stories of immigrants in the middle space between legal and illegal. To better understand the complex laws that have affected their lives, host Michel Martin speaks with Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies.

Trade Deficit Shrinks For Fourth Straight Month

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October to its lowest point of the year as Americans bought fewer foreign cars and imported less oil. Exports of American-made autos also fell.