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3:10am

Sun November 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Can China's Legal System Change?

Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese lawyer, made international headlines when he escaped house arrest in April. Now at New York University, he believes changes to China's legal system are inevitable.
Frank Langfitt NPR

China's Communist Party will introduce a new slate of leaders this month to run the world's most populous country for at least the next five years. Their to-do list will include dealing with the nation's opaque and politicized court system.

"China's judicial system urgently needs to be reformed, improved and developed," a government planning paper acknowledged last month.

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3:06am

Sun November 4, 2012
World

U.S. Handoff In Afghanistan Includes Radio Training

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 2:54 pm

Unidentified Afghan civilians broadcast a radio program from the radio studio at Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province, south of Kabul. The U.S. military is training Afghans to disseminate anti-insurgent messages via local radio.
Spc. Tia Sokimson DVIDS

From the outside, this white metal container looks like all the other mobile structures at Forward Operating Base Shank, the main NATO base in Afghanistan's Logar province. But rather than housing soldiers, offices or latrines, the building contains a fully functioning — if spartan — radio studio.

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5:55am

Sat November 3, 2012
World

China Prepares For New Leaders In Critical Transition

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 8:48 am

Just two days after the U.S. presidential election, China opens the most important event in a decade on its political calendar: a transition of power. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Louisa Lim and Frank Langfitt in China about the upcoming 18th Party Congress.

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4:37am

Sat November 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Who Picks Better Leaders: China Or The U.S.?

China's Communist Party elite stand at the 16th Party Congress in Beijing in November 2002, the last time the country underwent a sweeping generational change of leadership. A transition is slated to occur again this month.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

By coincidence, the U.S. presidential election and China's once-a-decade political transition are taking place just days apart this month. The timing helped inspire a recent debate, sponsored by Intelligence Squared Asia, with the motion, "China Picks Better Leaders Than the West." NPR correspondent Louisa Lim served as moderator at the event in Hong Kong and filed this report.

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2:41pm

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Coming Soon To India: Playboy Bunnies

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 3:47 am

Indian actress Sherlyn Chopra, the first Indian woman to pose nude for Playboy, appears at a press event in Mumbai in July. Playboy magazine is banned in India, but Playboy bunnies will make a demure debut when the first Playboy club opens next month.
AFP/Getty Images

The Playboy bunny is coming to India — even though the magazine is still banned.

India, like many other conservative countries, has not permitted Playboy to appear on newsstands. But the brand still plans to come to India in a big way.

Over the next 10 years, around 120 Playboy venues are expected to open across India, including bars, clubs, fashion cafes and stores. The first Playboy club will open next month in the holiday destination of Goa.

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