After China's new leadership came in, some thought Communist Party control might be relaxed. But fallout from a newspaper's weeklong standoff over censorship and the resulting widespread protests seem to signal the opposite.
A major overhaul of Spain's banking system is in full swing. Felled by the housing crunch, Spanish banks are getting billions in rescue loans from Europe, but they'll have to lay off about 55,000 workers in exchange.
Another soldier has died on the disputed border between India and Pakistan, the so-called "line of control" in Kashmir. At least four soldiers have died in a series of shooting and infiltration incidents that began last Sunday. The region has been a flashpoint between the two countries since they gained independence in 1947.
In the west African nation of Mali, Islamist forces who took control of the north of the country, are now pushing south. They are threatening the government's control of what was once one of Africa's more stable democracies.
Many Republicans have criticized President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. Some Democrats are uneasy about their president's pick as well. But former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker tells Steve Inskeep that Hagel is the right man for the job.
Evidence of loss remains even three years after a massive earthquake claimed the lives of as many as 200,000 people in Haiti. One of the first photojournalists to capture the grim aftermath of the quake, NPR's David Gilkey traveled back to Haiti to revisit images he originally took in 2010.
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