More now on the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The top humanitarian official at the U.N. says the situation continues to deteriorate rapidly and inexorably, with, as we just heard, more than nine million Syrians now in need of aid. But aid groups want the U.N. to do more than just name the problem. They want the Security Council to push all parties to allow humanitarian groups unhindered access to the country.
And now to central Africa where a tough new intervention by the United Nations has lead a rebel group to end its military insurgency. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the group known as M23 has announced surrender. NPR Africa correspondent Gregory Warner reports on the surprising development.
A spinning wheel used by Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi to make "homespun" cloth as a protest against British rule, has been sold at auction in the U.K. for $180,000 – about twice as much as expected.
Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:33 pm
Former NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin pioneered a "faster, better, cheaper" approach to America's space program, but he would have been hard-pressed to deliver a Mars mission for the bargain-basement price of India's first probe to the red planet, which blasted off Tuesday.
Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 1:56 pm
A Dutch charity that aims to expose and end "webcam child sex tourism" says it lured tens of thousands of men from around the world to a website where they asked a lifelike, computer-generated 10-year-old Filipino girl named Sweetie to perform sex acts for money.
Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Boston University historian Jonathan Zatlin.
Allied powers divided war-torn Germany into four zones of occupation after World War II, with three of those zones uniting in 1949 to form what became known as West Germany.
The Soviet Union controlled the fourth zone, and East Germany remained within the Eastern Bloc’s sphere of influence for the next four decades.
Boston University modern European historian Jonathan Zatlin says the divided nation served as a tripwire for all the tensions of the Cold War, and that Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin worried a united Germany posed a security risk.