China's acquisition of Smithfield Ham will have to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which will assess the national security implications of the deal. The committee looks at the broader pattern of Chinese investment in the United States and what issues it raises. Revision of a bilateral investment treaty will be on the agenda for the summit of the U.S. and Chinese presidents.
The European Commission says it disagrees with the International Monetary Fund's conclusion that mistakes were made in the handling of Greece's financial crisis. In a report issued Wednesday, the IMF acknowledged it had underestimated the damage done by austerity. The European Commission responded by saying the IMF is ignoring the interconnected nature of euro-area member states.
Thursday, on the 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, many have gathered on the coast of Normandy to remember and honor the Allied soldiers who fought their way through Nazi defenses and went on to liberate Europe. There is controversy about a French plan to build 75 wind turbines offshore here. Critics see it as desecration of hollowed ground. Promoters say the wind mills will be at least 6 miles from the coast. They will still be visible but will help France meet its renewable energy goals and create thousands of jobs.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be the most successful prime minister in modern Turkey's history. A deeply pious Muslim once jailed for his outspoken remarks, he has presided over a decade of democratic reforms and economic growth. But now he finds himself the target of angry protesters who call him a dictator and a fascist.
Teen Elaine Vilorio spent years trying to make sense of her racial identity. She describes herself as Hispanic, but other people see her as black. Vilorio speaks to guest host Celeste Headlee about her recent HuffPost Teen blog, 'Coming Out As Black.'
The Arab uprisings in the Middle East have profoundly altered politics in the region. Using a decade’s worth of original polling data, a political scientist explains the driving forces behind the Arab Spring and the future of Arab politics.
To date, the civil war in Syria has claimed tens of thousands of lives and, according U.N. estimates, has caused more than a million refugees to flee to neighboring countries. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, NPR foreign correspondent Deb Amos discusses where the conflict may go.
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