How Tunisia's 'Quartet' Saved A Country From Civil War And Won The Nobel Peace Prize

Before the Quartet was formed, Tunisia seemed doomed to walk the same path of violence, retributions and political chaos that had wreaked havoc in Egypt.

Mother Teresa's Missionaries Of Charity Says No More Adoptions In India

The Catholic sisters known for their blue and white habits say they have asked the government to de-register 13 orphanages over religious objections to the country's new adoption guidelines.

U.S. Shelves Program Intended To Train Syrian Rebels

The U.S. will shift the focus to training so-called "enablers" in Turkey. Those leaders of opposition groups will gather intelligence and coordinate airstrikes with existing fighters.

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2015 Nobel Peace Prize Announced

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the prize goes to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. The quartet won for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement.

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French Ad Campaign Aims To Keep Youths From Fighting In Syria

The French government has launched an ad campaign to dissuade young people from going to Syria to join ISIS militants. The TV spots draw on parents' pain at the loss of their children to jihad.

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A U.S. Negotiator Says There's Still Pending Business With Iran

Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in the Iran nuclear talks, tells NPR the U.S. still has plenty of other issues to settle with Iran, such as the release of Americans being held in that country.

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Investigative Journalist From Belarus Awarded Nobel Prize In Literature

Investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature Thursday. She is the first writer from Belarus to win the prize.

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Orrin Hatch On TPP: Despite Concerns, Fast-Track Authority Was 'Essential'

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has reservations on where the Trans-Pacific Partnership landed on patent protection. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the senator about the GOP reaction to the trade deal.

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Volkswagen's U.S. Chief Appears Before House Panel On Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen U.S. President Michael Horn appears before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to answer questions about the emissions scandal.

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U.S. Regulators Visit Cuba To Explore Boundaries Of New Trade Opportunities

Officials from the Treasury, Commerce, and State Departments visit Cuba this week to grasp a better understanding of the country's economy. They want to know how far the U.S. can go in doing business with Cuba under the limits of the half-century old embargo. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker led the delegation, despite criticism from those who say the move comes too soon.

Helping Others Out On The Edges

October 12, 2015
A portion of the cover of Larissa MacFarquhar's new book, "Strangers Drowning." (Penguin Press / Courtesy The Publishers)

An extreme commitment to others. Larissa MacFarqhuar joins us with stories of those who sacrifice almost everything to do good.

Why You Should Embrace The Rugby World Cup

October 10, 2015
South Africa trounced the U.S. at the Rugby World Cup in England on Wednesday. Still, the Wall Street Journal's Matthew Futterman thinks Americans should be tuning in. (Christophe Ena/AP)

The U.S. lost its first three games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup by a total of 96 points. Even so, Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal thinks rugby’s a sport at which America can thrive. He makes his case to Bill Littlefield.

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

October 9, 2015
President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA) Wided Bouchamaoui, gestures in her office in Tunis on October 9, 2015, after she was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize with other members of Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. The Norwegian Nobel Commitee announced that Tunisian mediators of the so called National Dialogue Quartet (Tunisian General Labour Union UGTT, Confederation of Industry, Tunisian Trade and Handicrafts UTICA, Tunisian Human Rights League LTDH and Tunisian Order of Lawyers) won the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

The group was awarded the prize for its contribution to the building of a democracy in Tunisia, in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution.

What Chinese Scientist’s Nobel Win Says About Science In China

October 9, 2015
Tu Youyou, the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel prize for medicine, attends a symposium organized by China's National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) and other departments in Beijing on October 8, 2015. Tu said she was "not really surprised" to be recognized after a remarkable career, which saw her team test a breakthrough malaria drug on themselves during the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Tu Youyou has became the first Chinese Nobel laureate in natural science, but she’s not part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

ISIS Strikes Back In Syria

October 9, 2015
A picture taken from the hill village of Buqaata in the Israeli-annexed Syrian Golan Heights shows flames and smoke ascending from alleged shelling by Syrian government forces on Islamic State group's positions near the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab on October 6, 2015. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

Islamic State fighters seized a string of villages from rival insurgents north of Aleppo, despite intensive Russian airstrikes.

Week In The News: Kunduz Bombing, TPP Politics, South Carolina Floods

October 9, 2015
A manhole begins to spill over with floodwaters as high tide approaches at Dorchester Road at Sawmill Branch Canal in Summerville, S.C., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.  (AP)

Russia goes big in Syria. The US hits a hospital in Kunduz. Hillary flips on the TPP. An epic flood in South Carolina. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Michael Bloomberg Takes Climate Fight To Cities

October 8, 2015
U.S. magnate, philanthropist and the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg, speaks during the launching of the Climate Summit for Local Leaders on June 30, 2015 at the Paris city hall. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

New York’s former mayor and Vancouver’s mayor Gregor Robertson are pushing for climate change policies at the city level.

Do Russia And The U.S. Have Any Common Ground In Syria?

October 8, 2015
A picture depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is splattered with eggs during a protest against Russian military operations in Syria, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP)

Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, discusses the evolving situation in Syria.

NOAA: Global Bleaching Event Threatens World’s Coral Reefs

October 8, 2015
Alice Lawrence, a marine biologist, assesses the bleaching at Airport Reef in American Samoa in February 2015. (XL Catlin Seaview Survey)

It’s only the third time in history that we’ve seen such an event, and it’s potentially disastrous for the world’s oceans.

Belarusian Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

October 8, 2015
Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievitch is pictured at the Ukrainian embassy in Minsk on November 14, 2014. (Maxim Malinovsky/AFP/Getty Images)

The Swedish Academy praised Svetlana Alexievich, 67, for creating “a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”

Medical Charity Demands Probe Into U.S. Airstrike On Hospital

October 8, 2015
General Director of Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Christopher Stokes (right) and Country Representative for MSF in Afghanistan Guilhem Molinie speak during a press conference at the MSF office in Kabul on October 8, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on October 7 for a deadly U.S. airstrike on an Afghan hospital, as the medical charity demanded an international investigation. Three separate probes -- by the U.S. military, NATO and Afghan officials -- are underway into the October 3 strike in Kunduz that left 22 people dead. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

The airstrike killed 22 people at an Afghan hospital. Doctors Without Borders is demanding an independent investigation.

Inside Overseas Tax Havens

October 8, 2015
In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, local newspapers show stories about the controversial strategy to bail the government out of a financial hole, at a restaurant along Seven Mile Beach on the outskirts of George Town on the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands have lost some of their allure by abruptly proposing what amounts to an income tax on expatriate workers who have helped build the territory into one of the most famous or, for some people, notorious offshore banking centers that have tax advantages for foreign investment operations. (AP)

Trillions of dollars are now stashed in protected tax havens around the world, leaving societies’ bills to those at home. We’ll dig in.

Russia Escalates Military Action In Syria

October 7, 2015
This image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Syrian Revolutionary Command Council in Hama, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows smoke rising after a Russian airstrike hit buildings in the town of Latamna in the area of Hama in Eastern Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (Syrian Revolutionary Command Council in Hama via AP Video)

Richard Sakwa, an expert in Russia politics, discusses what Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to do in Syria.

The U.S. 'Mistake' That Ruined An Afghan Hospital

October 7, 2015
The Doctors Without Borders trauma center is seen in flames, after explosions near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. Doctors Without Borders announced that the death toll from the bombing of the group's Kunduz hospital compound has risen to at least 16, including 3 children and that tens are missing after the explosions that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike.  (AP)

The U.S. airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan faces tough questions from Congress. We’re looking for what really happened.

Research Showing Neutrinos Have Mass Awarded Nobel Prize

October 6, 2015
The portraits of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 Takaaki Kajita (L) and Arthur B McDonald are displayed on a screen during a press conference of the Nobel Committee to announce the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics on October 6, 2015 at the Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden. Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Canada's Arthur B. McDonald won the Nobel Physics Prize for work on neutrinos. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Physicists Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won the prize for the discovery that the subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass.

Report: US And Canadian Officials Talked About Combined Military Forces

October 6, 2015
Canadian soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) fire their weapons during an exercise at the base of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Kandahar Province on March 26, 2008. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that top military commanders from the US and Canada met to discuss a plan to integrate the two countries’ military forces.

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