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Who Is al-Shabab?

Host Michel Martin speaks to Mary Harper, author of Getting Somalia Wrong to learn more about al-Shabab, the group claiming responsibility for this weekend's mall attack in Kenya.

Typhoon Usagi Destroys Homes, Causes Dozens Of Deaths In China

The typhoon, which stormed ashore north of Hong Kong on Sunday evening, has been blamed for at least 25 deaths in south China's Guangdong province. Some 8,490 houses reportedly collapsed in the typhoon's winds, officials say.

U.S. Team Sails Back From Brink In America's Cup

Last week, it looked bleak for defending champion Oracle Team USA, but flukey wind and better tactics have kept them in the running against Emirates Team New Zealand.

Death Toll In Pakistan Church Attack Reaches 85

Two suicide bombers stuck a historic Christian church in the country's northwest on Sunday. Groups linked to the Taliban have claimed responsibility.

U.N.: Child Labor Is Down, But 168 Million Children Still Work

Although there are one-third fewer children working than there were in the year 2000, the problem continues. Many are employed in hazardous occupations involving dangerous machinery or harmful chemicals.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Is Banned By Court

A court in Egypt has issued a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that is still protesting the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi this summer.

Survivor Of Kenya Mall Attack Describes Horrible Situation

Efforts are underway in Nairobi to remove the militants and others trapped in the high-end shopping mall after it was attack on Saturday. For more on what the situation is like, David Greene talks to an American who works for a non-governmental organization. She asks only to be identified by her first name Lauren.

No Way, Man! Last VW Bus To Soon Roll Off Assembly Line

The transportation of choice for hippies is made only in Brazil. But "the man" says it needs air bags and other safety features, and VW says they can't be added to the vehicle. Are you cool with it going away or totally bummed out?

Kenyan Police Say They're 'Closing In' On Mall Attackers

Kenyan government spokesman Joseph Ole Lenku said that "our forces are in control of all the floors" at the upscale Nairobi mall. He added that at least two "terrorists" are dead. An Islamist militant group from Somalia has claimed responsibility.

Pakistan, Iraq See Uptick In Suicide Bombings

To try to understand what's behind the rise in gruesome attacks, Steve Inskeep talks to Vali Nasr, who is the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has served as a senior adviser to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.