Tom Gjelten of NPR, Nadia Bilbassy of Al Arabiya and James Kitfield of National Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories, including: the international reaction to Washington’s fiscal deal, Secretary of State John Kerry's latest statements on Syria and stepped up diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program.
A Swedish newspaper reports that a prominent businessman, Percy Nilsson who owns a hockey team, confessed to drilling holes in the tires of an ice cream truck. Nilsson said he was infuriated by the teenage driver blowing the horn. The driver admits to blowing the horn almost 100 times per hour.
The headlines are from a cross section of newspapers around the world. Thursday's stories range from Chile's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council to hope in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in the Philippines.
Frog legs are famous for being a French delicacy. But an archaeological dig in southwest England indicates the delicacy was actually enjoyed by the English first — 8,000 years before they appeared in France. This will be a contentious claim, given the long standing rivalry between those countries.
Weapons inspectors are still in Syria assessing the country's stockpile and how to destroy it. It's unclear where the weapons would go if they were sent abroad, but there are signs that such a move is under consideration.
This is the 40th anniversary of the Arab Oil Embargo, which triggered a seven-year energy crisis. The results of the energy crisis are still with us — both in the political fault-lines in Washington and in the cars that are on our roads.
Secretary of State John Kerry says he's hoping Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles can be consolidated quickly and shipped out of the country. Experts say it is possible, but risky. International chemical weapons experts are still mapping out Syria's stockpiles to see what can be moved.
Congress has approved an 11th-hour measure to end a partial government shutdown and pull the country back from the brink of a historic debt default. Now that a financial calamity has been avoided, how did overseas markets react?
A recent U.N. study rated Germany high in quality of life for seniors. Even so many Germans spend their final days in Eastern European countries like Poland where elder care is less expensive. The practice has some asking whether it's wrong to send loved ones far away to save money.
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