World

1:27am

Fri March 30, 2012
Asia

Myanmar's Election Seen As A Test Of Reforms

Myanmar opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to supporters on Saturday. Voting in parliamentary elections this Sunday is considered a test of the political reforms that Myanmar's rulers have introduced over the past year.
Khin Maung Win AP

Myanmar has an election this Sunday where only a small fraction of the parliamentary seats are at stakes — and yet the ballot is commanding international attention.

The closely watched election is seen as a test of whether the country's rulers are sincere about reforms they have been introducing over the past year.

If the vote is seen as free and fair, it could prompt Western governments to begin lifting sanctions imposed during the half-century of military rule in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

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1:29pm

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Amid National Strike, Hundreds Of Thousands Protest In Spain

People attend a demonstration in Madrid on Thursday during a national strike.
Dani Pozo AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands across Spain took to the streets to protest the latest austerity measures proposed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

The protests were the culmination of a 24-hour general strike that affected air travel and public transportation.

The AP reports:

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1:25pm

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Ambassador Thinks Russian Journalists May Be Reading His Emails

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
Mikhail Metzel AP

During a sometimes animated encounter with reporters from Russian state-controlled television today in Moscow, U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul asked them several times how they knew where he was going and who he was meeting with. And afterward, he went to his Twitter page to imply that someone is eavesdropping on his emails and phone calls:

"I respect press right to go anywhere & ask any question. But do they have a right to read my email and listen to my phone?"

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1:00pm

Thu March 29, 2012
NPR Story

'We Love You Iran' Becomes Unlikely Anti-War Campaign

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12:51pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Asia

Headed For The Butcher, Chinese Dogs Are Rescued

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 6:06 pm

A volunteer feeds one of the dogs rescued from slaughter last December in a stand-off between animal rights activists and dog-meat sellers in central China. Such rescues have been taking place with some regularity in China.
Frank Langfitt NPR

To say that people in China eat dogs is something of a stereotype.

Sure, some still do, but these days, more and more Chinese are buying dogs as pets and treating them like beloved family members.

In the last year, that growing affection has taken a radical turn. Activists have begun stopping trucks along the highway carrying dogs to slaughter and then negotiating their release.

A Last-Minute Rescue

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