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El Salvador's Ambassador To The United States

We chat with El Salvador's ambassador to the United States, and WAMU 88.5 reporter Armando Trull about the complex web of stories connecting that country to the Washington region.


Wanting An Edge, Beer 'Enthusiast' Steals Bottle Caps

A German beer company offered points toward prizes in its contest. Some bottle caps are winners; others aren't. Someone broke into a store and started removing bottle caps, 1,200 in all.

Recession Inspires Brazilians To Protest Against President Rousseff

Once the darling of emerging world economies, Brazil is deeply mired in recession. Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians poured onto streets across the country this past weekend to voice their anger.

China's Government Tries To Stabilize Its Financial Markets

David Greene talks to Simon Rabinovitch, the Asia economics editor, for The Economist about China's slowing economy, the global impact and what the government is trying to do.

Boat Trip Between Bodrum And Kos Is Markedly Different For Tourists, Refugees

It's only a few miles between the Turkish resort town of Bodrum and the Greek island of Kos. For thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa, that crossing is a life-defining event.

Syrian Rockers, Fleeing War, Find Safety And New Fans In Beirut

Members of a Syrian indie rock band escaped their country's bloodshed and have become a mainstay of Beirut's music scene. "In spite of all the deaths," the band sings, "you are still alive."

Chinese Media, Residents Continue To Question Cause Of Tianjin Explosions

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Xiao Qiang, editor in chief of the China Digital Times, about the role traditional and social media play in relaying information in China.

Germany's Big Port Eager For U.S.-EU Trade Deal, But Some Are Skeptical

In Hamburg, home to one of Europe's busiest ports, support for trade is fervent. But many Germans have their doubts about a proposed trans-Atlantic agreement that is expected next year.

Stop The Foreign Music! African Pop Stars Ask For Government Help

Musicians in Kenya want a law forcing radio stations to play 70 percent local music. Nigeria and South Africa have similar rules. But this kind of protectionism could backfire.

How The Devaluation Of The Yuan Could Have Long-Lasting Effects In Africa

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Deborah Brautigam, director of the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, about the relationship between the Chinese and African economies.