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What if Germany did decide to abandon the euro and go back to the Deutsche Mark? A former financial journalist in Berlin has written a thriller based on that scenario. Spoiler alert here: it doesn’t end well. Report Connor Donevan caught up with the writer in Berlin.
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still don’t have permanent housing nearly three years after a devastating earthquake but they’re starting to fight back. Amy Bracken reports from Port-au-Prince on fledgling efforts to create a housing rights movement.
Tunes spun on The World between our reports for October 1, 2012. Artists featured are: Sultans of String, Rouge, Toubab Krewe, Habib Koite & Bambada, Lord Newborn.
Indian photographer Poulomi Basu has captured images of the first batch of women soldiers guarding the dangerous India-Pakistan border. Many of these woman soldiers are young and poor and Basu photographed them as they transformed from women to soldiers. Host Marco Werman talks with Poulomi Basu.
German scientists have discovered that 11th century statue of the Buddhist god Vaisravana was made out of a chunk of iron meteorite that slammed into Central Asia some fifteen thousand years ago. The Iron Man statue was found and taken from Tibet by the Nazis in the 1930′s and brought to Germany. Elmar Buchmer, a geologist at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, says he believes it’s the only human figure ever to have been found that is carved out of a meteorite stone.
The economy is so bad in Italy these days that African immigrants who came to provide better lives for their families back home are having to get money from family back home. Reporter Martin Davies profiles one woman from Senegal who says she’s heading back to Africa.