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Refugee Children Rescued In Austria Reportedly Disappear From Hospital

The three Syrian children, aged five and six, were near death from dehydration when they were discovered by police in the back of a minivan on Saturday.

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Rio's Favelas Feel The Peace — And The Pressure — Of Pacification

Before hosting the World Cup, Brazil launched a program to pacify high-crime slums. The project has cut violence in some areas, but in others residents have been caught in the police crossfire.

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Spanish And Arabic Mixes In Accused Terrorist's Home Town

The accused terrorist in the recent foiled train attack in France is a Moroccan who lived in Algeciras, Spain. It's a diverse port city where immigrants are well integrated.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Kurdish Activists Camp Out Between Turkey's Army And Kurdish Fighters

As an old conflict heats up again in southeastern Turkey, the activists have staked out ground on a sunburned hillside and say they're willing to risk their own lives in order to stop the fighting.

What's Better For Afghanistan's Future: Buddha Tours Or A Copper Mine?

A vast archaeological site sits atop one of the world's biggest untapped copper deposits. And Afghanistan must decide which resource will be a greater boon.

How Fishermen's Bragging Rights Gave Birth To Fine Art

In 19th century Japan, fishermen found a foolproof way to record trophy catches: a "fish rubbing" inked onto paper, creating a permanent record of their size. Gyotaku soon evolved into fine art.

All Things Considered

Egyptian Court Hands Down 3-Year Sentences For Journalists And Activists

Three Al-Jazeera English journalists and several student activists were sentenced to up to three years and six months in prison in Cairo on Saturday.

All Things Considered

In Lebanon, Calls For More Protests As Police Push Back Demonstrators

Bars and restaurants in Beirut closed Saturday in solidarity with anti-government protests that have grown over the last week.

Turkey, U.S., Conduct First Joint Airstrikes Against ISIS

Ankara, long hesitant to commit to the coalition against the self-declared Islamic State, said "[the] fight against the terrorist organization is a priority."

Protests In Malaysia Target Prime Minister Over Alleged Corruption

Pressure on Premier Najib Razak has mounted since a revelation last month that $600 million had been improperly transferred from a failing state fund.

Rugby Star Leaves Australia For Try At The NFL

August 29, 2015
Jarryd Hayne was an Australian-Rules Football League MVP. Now, Hayne is trying to make the San Francisco Giants roster. (Getty Images)

Jarryd Hayne, a two-time National Rugby League MVP, was due to make $4 million this season in Australia. Instead, he left his home country to try and make it in the NFL. He’s been impressive in his pre-season showings for the 49ers. Julie Tullberg, former sports editor for Melbourne’s Herald Sun, joins Bill Littlefield to discuss Hayne’s chances at an NFL career.

How Immigration Is Playing Out In Greece And Japan

August 28, 2015
Two migrants from Syria are assisted by their friends as they swim the final 50 yards of their journey before arriving on the beach on the island of Kos after crossing a three mile stretch of the Aegean Sea in a small boat from Turkey August 28, 2015 in Kos, Greece. Migrants from the Middle East and North Africa continue to flood into Europe at a rate that marks the largest migration since World War II. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

While refugees have been flooding into Greece, on the other side of the world in Japan, the picture is about as different as it could be.

The World’s Disappearing Natural Sound

August 28, 2015
Lightning first ignited the Meadow fire on July 20, 2014 in Yosemite. By September 8, the fire had charred 2,582 acres. Bernie Krause has recorded soundscapes of national parks destroyed by large areas of forest fires. Listen below.  (National Park Service)

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We’ll listen in.

Week In The News: On Air Shooting, Wall Street Roller Coaster, Joe Biden’s Rationale

August 28, 2015
WDBJ-TV7 meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, wipes his eyes during the early morning newscast as anchors Kimberly McBroom, center, and guest anchor Steve Grant deliver the news at the station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A deadly shooting on live TV. Wall Street’s roller coaster ride. Biden considers a White House bid. 10 years since Katrina.

Global Turmoil Spurs Decline In Commodities

August 27, 2015
The large copper mining operation covers several hillside digs at the Phelps Dodge copper mining facility Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007 in Morenci, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Key commodities like oil and copper continue to slide, and could have big implications on domestic and world markets.

The Power Of Doors, Gates, Locks And Keys

August 26, 2015
One of the many gates of Harvard Yard (Ik T/Flickr).

Gates, doors, locks and keys are all powerful metaphors for security, according to Daniel Jutte, historian of early modern — and modern — Europe.

Mount Everest Reopened To Climbers

August 26, 2015
Mount Everest as seen from an aircraft from airline company Drukair in Bhutan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Seven-time Mount Everest summiter Peter Athans says Nepal needs tourists now more than ever.

How Insulated Is U.S. Economy From Volatility In China?

August 26, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of August 26, 2015 in New York City. After a volatile week of fluctuations, the Dow Jones opened 400 points higher this morning. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

China’s main index closed down again today, in what has been a very turbulent week for markets in that country and around the world.

Stephen Hawking’s New Theory On Black Holes

August 26, 2015
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is pictured on July 20, 2015 in London, England. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Breakthrough Initiatives)

The famed physicist has presented a new idea on on one of the most complicated things in the universe: black holes.

Has The Arab Spring Arrived In Lebanon?

August 25, 2015
A Lebanese activist chants slogans during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters poured into central Beirut Sunday demanding government resignation hours after Prime Minister Tammam Salam hinted he might step down following violent protests against government corruption and political dysfunction triggered by a month long trash crisis in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein/AP Photo)

Columnist Rami Khouri says protests over trash in Beirut are a mirror reflection of uprisings in other Arab countries.

Jimmy Carter’s Fight To Eradicate The Guinea Worm

August 25, 2015
Ajak Kuol Nyamchiek, 7, watches while John Lotiki, a nurse with the Carter Center, bandages the blister on her leg from where a guinea worm is slowly emerging in Abuyong, Sudan, Nov. 4, 2010. Nyamchiek is a patient at Center’s guinea worm case containment center. Nurses at this center in Abuyong, a village in Awerial County in Southern Sudan’s Lakes state, bandage the worms twice daily, after gently pulling the worms out several inches each time. If they break while they are being pulled out of the swollen blisters, the wounds become infected and the worms withdraw back into the body, prolonging the pain for the victims. (Maggie Fick/AP)

The former president and founder of The Carter Center said he wants the last guinea worm to die before he does.

Even If U.S. Economy Weathers Chinese Downturn, Emerging Markets May Get Hit

August 25, 2015
An investor gestures in front of screens showing share prices at a securities firm in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 24, 2015. Shanghai shares nosedived 8.49 percent on August 24 as Beijing's latest market intervention failed to restore confidence, with concern mounting about the stalling economy (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil are a few of the countries that depend on Chinese demand for cheap goods and commodities.

Shaky Stocks And A Global Correction

August 25, 2015
A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Stocks tumbled across Asia on Monday as investors shaken by the sell-off last week on Wall Street unloaded shares in practically every sector.  (AP)

The message in global stock markets – about China, the US and the whole world economy. We’ll dive in.

U.S. Immigration By The Numbers

August 24, 2015
A Colombian immigrant studies ahead of her citizenship exam at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Queens office on May 30, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

In the first part of our series this week on immigration, we look at how immigrant demographics and numbers have changed.

How You Should Respond To A Stock Market Plunge

August 24, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 24, 2015 in New York City. As the global economy continues to react from events in China, markets dropped significantly around the world on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly dropped over 1000 points in morning trading. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Business analyst Jill Schlesinger looks at what’s happening with the markets, and how individuals with investments should respond.

China’s ‘Black Monday’ Sends Global Stock Markets Tumbling

August 24, 2015
An investor gestures in front of screens showing share prices at a securities firm in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 24, 2015. Shanghai shares nosedived 8.49 percent on August 24 as Beijing's latest market intervention failed to restore confidence, with concern mounting about the stalling economy (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, discusses the stock market plunge and whether there’s an end in sight.

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