France ramps up its military intervention in Mali. Also, will Arab-Israelis swing the vote in Israel’s upcoming elections? And, half gaming, half gambling, Japan’s obsession with pachinko.
France is sending more troops to Mali, and other nations in the region are pledging to send their own soldiers to help fight the Islamist rebels that threaten the Malian government.
A survey this week shows a majority of people in France backing President Francois Hollande’s decision to intervene in Mali.
Cuba has confirmed there’s been a cholera outbreak in Havana. The announcement came after days of rumors in the Cuban capital, as doctors checked neighborhoods house by house for potential cholera cases.
One Delhi suburb wants to install closed circuit television cameras in all of the city’s buses. The idea is to deter sexual violence and other types of crime.
The gang rape in India has refocused interest in women’s rights and gender quality. One place those issues are showing up are in political cartoons.
New York State looks set to introduce the toughest gun laws in America. But it’s still hard for foreigners to comprehend America’s love affair with guns.
Arab-Israelis make up about 20 percent of Israel’s population. They have disproportionately high rates of poverty and unemployment. But hopes of addressing those issues through the ballot box are low, and Arab-Israeli voter turnout is falling.
Pachinko, a Japanese game that resembles a cross between pinball and a slot machine, is huge business. The pachinko industry generates hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue each year. Sam Harnett reports on how the industry’s success depends on straddling the line between gaming and gambling.
A married couple identified only by their code names “Andreas” and “Heidrun” are accused of spying on NATO and the EU for decades.
This past weekend in New York, Host Marco Werman had the chance to speak with Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, who had landed in the city from Mali’s capital Bamako just three days earlier. Like most of her musical colleagues back home right now, music takes a backseat to the daily concerns of war.