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Space Robot Designed As Companion For Japanese Astronaut

Japan has launched a humanoid robot bound for the International Space Station to keep one of its astronauts company.

Interpol Asks For Help Tracking Escaped Al-Qaida Inmates

Interpol has issued a global alert asking for help tracking hundreds of terrorism suspects who have escaped from prisons over the past month. The global police organization's alert came just days after the State Department announced that it is closing nearly two dozen diplomatic missions in a roster of Muslim countries. But officials say the two security alerts aren't directly related.

Ambassadors Question Decision To Close Mideast Embassies

The State Department is keeping many of its embassies and consulates in the Muslim world closed this week "out of an abundance of caution." U.S. intelligence sources have been raising concerns about threats "emanating from the Arabian Peninsula." Britain and France are also concerned and have temporarily closed their embassies in Yemen. The U.S. list of closures is longer in part because the threats aren't specific enough, but the State Department is also far more cautious in the wake of last year attack in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others were killed.

The Hackable Japanese Toilet Comes With An App To Track Poop

The news that a Japanese toilet can be remotely controlled by an Android app got us curious about what else was possible with this toilet technology.

Ex-Turkish Military Chief Gets Life In Prison For Coup Plot

More than a dozen others also were given life terms for trying to oust the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Critics say the trial was an attempt by the government to stifle the country's secularists.

World War II Researchers Say 'Italian Schindler' Was A Myth

There's no proof that Giovanni Palatucci saved the lives of 5,000 Jews, say historians who studied a trove of wartime documents. Supporters of Palatucci are fighting back, as Holocaust museums pull exhibits on the Italian policeman who had been on the track to sainthood.

A West Bank Spring At The Center Of Deadly Struggle

Israeli settlers turned the area near the spring into a picnic spot. A local Palestinian says the land has been in his family for generations. The fight is symbolic of the much larger battle over West Bank land.

Why India's Next State Is Not Likely To Be The Last

India has just approved plans to create a new state. Critics worry that the decision has opened a Pandora's box by fanning the flames of other long-simmering separatist movements, some of which are already demonstrating for their own states.

Lack of Leadership Causing US Defense Issues Abroad?

A terror threat closes American embassies, and changes the political debate about intelligence gathering. Host Michel Martin talks politics with Republican strategist Ron Christie, and former Obama administration advisor Corey Ealons.
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State Dept. Protocol Ambassador Capricia Marshall

The State Department's chief of protocol reflects on traveling the world with the president and acting as Washington's official greeter for foreign leaders and diplomats.