At a baseball tournament, Cuba won the final, but one player Aledmis Díaz has gone missing.
Spain’s worsening economy is putting a pinch on Spanish indie rock bands and many bands are struggling to make ends meet.
Gun culture is far from universal – we check out gun-free Japan, and gun-toting Israel. Russia attacks its drinking problem – by banning ads for alcohol, and people in France responds to a plan to raise taxes on the rich.
The debate over gun control is settled in Israel: you can have a gun if you want, but you better be able to use it properly.
Authorities in Japan have made it very difficult for most of the country’s citizens to own guns. As a result, they’ve virtually eliminated shooting deaths. Max Fisher, an associate editor at The Atlantic says the differences between the gun cultures in the US and Japan are rooted in history.
A ban on alcohol advertising has gone into effect in Russia. It is part of Russian officials’ work to address the country’s drinking problem.
Forty years ago in Munich, Olga Korbut changed the way Americans watched the Olympics. And the tiny pig-tailed athlete inspired girls around the world to take up gymnastics.
The economic news from Europe is getting grimmer. Spain is facing increased borrowing costs, with a bailout from its European partners. It’s looking more likely even powerhouse Germany might see its pristine credit rating downgraded.
France’s new president, Socialist Francois Hollande, has just announced a raft of tax hikes, all of them on big companies and the rich. The measures are proving popular among ordinary Frenchmen, but business leaders and the wealthy say squeezing them will hurt everyone.
An abandoned Mayan city in northern Guatemala is the subject of today’s geo-quiz. Its name is derived from the millions of bats that live there. Anchor Aaron Schachter learns more about the city and its bats, from Brown University archaeologist, Stephen Houston.
Iranians are dealing with the rapidly rising price and short supply of chicken. Anchor Aaron Schachter talks to the BBC’s Siavash Ardalan about the new poverty line, known in Iran as the “chicken line”.
Alfredo Rodriguez was a relatively unknown jazz pianist when legendary producer Quincy Jones spotted him at a gig. A month later Rodriguez got a call and was told Quincy Jones would like to produce his first album. Reporter Betto Arcos tells the story.
Saudis of a certain class know the United States. Many have traveled here. They’ve studied and have homes in the US. I, however, was woefully uninformed about Saudis [...]
More than 100 people are dead following coordinated bombing attacks across Iraq. We get a personal account of the worse rainstorm in Beijing in 60 years. And the music of the Tallest Man on Earth from Sweden.
A staggering wave of coordinated bombings and attacks swept across 15 Iraqi cities on Monday killing more than 100 people. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq announced this weekend that the group was launching a new offensive. Correspondent Jane Arraf talks with host Aaron Schachter about al-Qaeda’s staying-power in Iraq.