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1:34am

Fri November 11, 2011
Asia

In Myanmar, A Wary Welcome For Signs Of Change

Myanmar President Thein Sein (shown here in March 2010, left) has promised change, but some fear that he's a puppet of the repressive military leadership. He pleased many onetime critics by suspending construction on a controversial dam.
Christophe Archambault AFP/Getty Images

The government of Myanmar bars or severely restricts reporting by foreign correspondents. NPR is withholding the name of the veteran journalist who recently entered the country and filed this story, in order to protect his identity and his ability to return in the future.

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7:30am

Tue November 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Sarkozy Heard Telling Obama That Netanyahu Is 'A Liar'

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 7:33 am

President Obama, right, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy last Thursday in Cannes, France.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was overheard last week telling President Obama that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "a liar," according to reports from Reuters, The Associated Press and other news outlets.

Sarkozy also said of Netanyahu that "I can't stand him," the stories say.

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2:55am

Sun November 6, 2011
The Salt

A Food Security Expert On When 200,000 Tons Of Rice Went Missing

Originally published on Sun November 6, 2011 2:58 am

A farmer carries harvested rice on his shoulders in a paddy field in India.
Anupam Nath AP

In 2008, food prices around the world surged and awakened fears – which continue to this day — that the world could re-live the disastrous food shortages of the early 1970s.

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7:32am

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Artist Ai Weiwei Gets $2.4 Million Tax Bill

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 7:36 am

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Beijing on June 23, 2011.

Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

Artist Ai Weiwei, who earlier this year was jailed by Chinese authorities for nearly three months, said today that the government there has sent him a $2.4 million tax bill.

"His supporters," the BBC says, say the bill and accusations that he owes back taxes "are part of a plot to silence Mr. Ai, who is an outspoken critic of the government."

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6:00am

Sun October 30, 2011
Africa

Kenya-Somalia Tension Rises Amidst Drought

Originally published on Sun October 30, 2011 10:45 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

In drought-stricken East Africa, Somali militants have vowed war on neighboring Kenya. It happened after Kenya sent hundreds of troops across the border to search out and destroy Islamist militants. The cross-border action followed a series of kidnappings and attacks in Kenya, targeting aid workers and Western tourists. Kenya now says its forces won't leave Somalia until the threat is over.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is in Kenya's capital of Nairobi, and joins us now.

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