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Thursday, August 31, 2017
- At Least 12 Killed In Mumbai Building Collapse
The building was declared dilapidated but people were still living inside. Mumbai has experienced recent flooding and substandard building materials have been a factor in previous building collapses.
- Monsoon Season Hits South Asia Hard
While Texas and Louisiana deal with the aftermath of Harvey, India has its own troubles. Flooding has brought life to a near standstill in Mumbai, India's financial center.
- Frankfurt Orders 70,000 To Evacuate To Defuse WWII Bomb
Finding unexploded World War II bombs in Germany is relatively common, but this is expected to be the largest bomb disposal evacuation in the country since the war's end.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
- David Tang, Hong Kong Bon Vivant And Entrepreneur, Dies At 63
Tang was famous for his vast circle of friends — beloved by everyone from British royalty to Hollywood stars to Fidel Castro. He launched the luxury fashion brand Shanghai Tang.
- Episode 791: Tips From Spies
There's an entire universe of things spies are not allowed to tell us. Today on the show, a few of the teeny things they can say. They might come in handy.
- 11,000 U.S. Troops Are In Afghanistan, Thousands More Than Previously Acknowledged
A Pentagon spokesperson said the larger number comes from counting troops on temporary assignment, who were not previously included in the total. The change is intended to improve "transparency."
- Are Trump's Foreign Policy Stumbles First-Year Growing Pains Or A Reason For Worry?
University of Virginia historians say tumult isn't unexpected in the first year of a new administration. But there are questions about whether the Trump administration is prepared to handle crises.
- In Fitting Postscript, Terry Pratchett Had His Unfinished Works Steamrolled
The late Discworld author didn't want anyone else polishing his unfinished books and publishing them after his death. So he asked for them to be crushed — and his estate manager dutifully complied.
- Andy Murray Stands Out As He Stands Up For Female Tennis Players
Andy Murray has established himself as one of the only male tennis players to stand up for his female counterparts, advocating for equal pay and calling out sexism in the sport. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Elle magazine writer Lizzy Goodman about Murray's unique brand of feminism.
- Despite History Of Strife, More Tourists Flock To Lebanon
Tourism to Lebanon is on the rise despite — and maybe a little because of — its history of strife. The country is trying to make itself more appealing to vacationers.
- Fox News Goes Off The Air In Britain As U.K. Scrutinizes Company's Bid To Buy Sky
21st Century Fox said it was a matter of poor ratings. But the move coincides with the company's efforts to get government approval for its $15 billion takeover bid of European media giant Sky.
- Can Britain's Eccentric Rees-Mogg Become The Conservative Party's New Leader?
Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Tory lawmaker, tweets in Latin, drives his mother's old Mercedes and named his sixth child "Sixtus." Critics say his amiable persona distracts voters from his "regressive" beliefs.
- French President Macron's Approval Takes A Dive
French President Emmanuel Macron's approval rating has fallen fast after a standoff with the military and a flap over his makeup expenses.
- Ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Finally Meets Pope Francis
When President Trump visited the Vatican in May, Spicer was left off a list of White House officials who had a chance to meet the pope. Spicer resigned as press secretary on July 21.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
- Floods In South Asia Have Killed More Than 1,000 People This Summer
For the past several weeks, monsoon-triggered floods have devastated regions in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. This week, a new series of storms has brought everyday life in Mumbai to a near halt.
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