A report issued Thursday by Ireland's Central Statistics Office found that its GDP had fallen by 0.6 percent. The same report also included newly revised figures for recent quarters. As a result, the negative GDP numbers in two or more quarters satisfies the definition of a recession.
The conflict in Syria rages on, the United States' relationship with Iran remains strained and China is taking hold as an emerging superpower. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, NPR commentator Ted Koppel looks to the future of international relations.
South Africa is on watch for the fate of the 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The ailing Mandela, an international icon known for his fight to end apartheid, has been in the hospital for several days. For the latest on his condition, Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.
A pigeon that set out on what was to be a 600 mile race in Japan, lost his way and ended up landing 5,000 miles across the Pacific in Canada. When it was found on Vancouver Island, the bird was exhausted and very skinny.
Secretary of State John Kerry returns to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan this week to continue to press Israeli and Palestinian leaders to sit down at the negotiating table. But in the run-up to this visit, two Israeli ministers have come out against the two-state solution that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he supports.
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