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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now to South Korea, where a leadership crisis continues and the biggest demonstrations in decades have been going on for weeks. Demonstrators are calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down due to questions about her role in a corruption and cronyism scandal. And today, prosecutors identified President Park as a criminal suspect. NPR's Elise Hu has been following the story, and she's with us now from Seoul....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We'll start the program today in Lima, Peru, where President Obama and some 20 other world leaders have gathered this weekend to talk about trade throughout Asia and the Pacific. It's the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Group. It's likely President Obama's last international trip as president and the first big discussion of trade since the election of Donald Trump as president, who has promised...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she'll seek another term in the office she's held since 2005, holding a news conference Sunday that ends speculation at a time of intense change in the European Union. Merkel, 62, made it official in a news conference held by her party, the Christian Democratic Union. "I told the CDU that I was ready to stand again," she said," according to Deutsche Welle . "This election will be even more difficult than those we have had before as we are facing a strong...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85OysZ_4lp0 Editor's note: Updated Nov. 21 at 11:15 a.m. with a comment from Nissan. A video shows two cars crashing head-on at 35 miles per hour. (Don't worry, the drivers are crash test dummies.) One car is red, one is silver. The red car crumples like an accordion. The dummy's face collides with the steering wheel as glass flies everywhere. Then the entire front of the cabin collapses in, pushing the dummy's knees up and crushing them against the dashboard....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: For a month, Iraqi forces have been pressing an offensive against ISIS in the city of Mosul. As NPR's Alice Fordham reports, one elite group is bearing much of that burden. ALICE FORDHAM, BYLINE: As an array of Iraqi security forces converge on Mosul, some are moving faster than others. Meet the Iraqi Special Operations Forces. (SOUNDBITE OF TRUCK ENGINES) FORDHAM: At one of their bases, three black Humvees full...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump is an unprecedented figure in many respects, in part because there has never been an American president who has such complicated global business interests. Trump has stated that his three older children will manage his business once he enters office. And that's raised - that has raised a whole lot of concerns because it provides so little insulation between the president and his...

She has a skin color that you don't often see in films, fashion or magazines. Khoudia Diop, a 19-year-old student and model from Senegal, has a hard time coming up with words to describe it. It's so dark, she says, it almost seems blue. It's what shot her to the social media stratosphere recently. In August, she posed in a photo campaign with black women of all shades for The Colored Girl , a group that challenges society's beauty standards. Diop's pride in her skin has inspired hundreds of...

Bowtie-bedecked auctioneer Samuel Freeman was faced with the unusual task of convincing a crowd to buy something he admits he knows nothing about: the Tartufo Bianco d'Alba, or Alba White Truffle. "I've never auctioned food before," Freeman says, "and I'd never even eaten a truffle until two days ago." Apparently that first taste won him over. "It was unbelievable." At $458 per ounce once the bidding got underway, those truffles better knock your socks off. "I think that Americans are...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump's victory is causing concern at the U.N. Outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki-moon steps down at the end of the year. And Trump has promised to drop out of the Paris climate change agreement, which is Ban Ki-moon's biggest legacy. That's not all U.N. diplomats are worried about these days as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Technically, the U.N. says the U.S....

Donald Trump's election win has focused attention on his business interests around the world and how they might affect his foreign policy. One such place is Turkey, an important NATO ally neighboring the hot spots of Syria, Iraq and Iran. By far the most prominent reminders of the U.S. president-elect in Turkey are Istanbul's own Trump Towers. They rise above the Bosporus Strait on the city's European side, twin glass and steel edifices bearing the familiar Trump brand. In this case, it's...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: France's conservative party will select a candidate for president tomorrow. The country's presidential election will be held next spring. France has mainstream parties, kind of like the United States, one on the left, one on the right. But the deep unpopularity of Francois Hollande's Socialist Party makes the conservative primary especially crucial. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley explains why. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED...

Yep. President-elect Donald J. Trump. That's still a thing. So while you continue to process that, we wanted to catch you up on some of some things you ought to read, hear and watch around the world of race and culture. And — good news — not all of it is election-related. (Okay a lot, but not all.) So. The Post-Election Hangover Continues (pass the Alka-Seltzer) Never mind trying to understand the mindset of victors in last week's election, says Baratunde Thurston in a (long-but-worth-it) Vox...

The World Health Organization announced Friday that it no longer considers the Zika epidemic a public health emergency of international concern. But Zika's threat to pregnant women and babies is not going away anytime soon, the agency says. Instead, the virus is now a chronic problem, says the WHO's Dr. Pete Salama. "It is really important that we communicate this very clearly: We are not downgrading the importance of Zika," Salama says. "In fact, by placing this as a longer term program of...

This month's Marrakech Climate Change Conference , the first major meeting to follow a landmark climate agreement last year in Paris, had been billed as a gathering of "action." But a day after the conference began, the surprise election of Donald Trump as U.S. president threw the action into doubt, as representatives from about 200 nations struggled to regroup and assess the future of last year's climate deal . Trump has called climate change a "hoax" and has pledged to pull the U.S. out of...

The Iraqi soldiers posing for photos next to a pile of captured ISIS weaponry — mortar shells, tanks, even a tunnel-boring machine — are battle-hardened. They have been fighting ISIS all over the country since 2014, when about a third of Iraq fell to the extremists. Speaking at a little base in northern Iraq, they say the fight for ISIS' largest stronghold, Mosul, is different. "In Anbar, there was just us and them," said Cpl. Qusay al-Jubouri, referring to the province west of Baghdad where...

A fuel tanker exploded in Mozambique's northern Tete province, killing dozens of people and injuring more than 100 others. The government has declared a mourning period of three days and launched an investigation into what caused the blast Thursday, according to Radio Moçambique . The exact tolls of dead and wounded weren't immediately clear. The local broadcaster, quoting a government statement, said at least 56 people died and 36 of those wounded were in serious condition. However, Reuters...

Diarrhea isn't something we usually discuss in public. But as the second leading cause of death for children younger than 5, it's a topic global health advocates want more people to talk openly about. Worldwide, there are nearly 1.7 billion cases of diarrhea each year. The disease caused an estimated 1.5 million deaths in 2012, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization. But it's both preventable and treatable — if more people understood the underlying causes. What is...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: In Iraq, an offensive to retake the ISIS-held city of Mosul has been going on for a month. Iraqi forces with help from allies including the U.S. have entered the city after pushing through its rural outskirts. As NPR's Alice Fordham reports, things for now have slowed down. UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (Speaking Arabic). ALICE FORDHAM, BYLINE: In a makeshift army base a few miles from Mosul's frontlines, Iraqi soldiers...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: JPMorgan Chase today agreed to pay $264 million to settle charges that bank employees in Hong Kong ran a scheme to bribe Chinese officials. U.S. officials say the bank hired friends and relatives of Chinese government leaders in exchange for investment banking business. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports. JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: The case was brought by the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: President Obama is in Berlin on what will likely be his last official visit to Germany. Many Germans are looking to him for reassurance after Donald Trump's victory. But the president has encouraged them to instead look to their own leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, as a steadying influence. Obama describes her as his closest ally. This is from an interview he gave earlier today with the German public broadcaster...

Updated at 7:33 p.m. ET Since this story was written, the State Department said it was contacted by the president-elect's transition representatives. The phone call was apparently limited to a discussion about logistics. The State Department's transition office has been quiet, as Trump and his top advisers remain in New York. State Department spokesman John Kirby says officials stand ready and willing to offer any briefing materials to the Trump team, but so far, there just haven't been any...

Optimism. That's what we could all use right now. So here at Goats and Soda, we're going to give you a whole heaping tablespoon of it. And we'll do it by answering a question from a reader named Ian Matthews that seems to bring the opposite reaction: "How can we stop the spread of antimicrobial resistance?" As it turns out, the answer has a surprisingly positive message. New drug-resistant pathogens are cropping up around the world every year. Many have adapted to resist a few drugs. Others...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqRlfsSCERA The humble, hardy gray jay is poised to become the national bird of Canada — and that's causing quite a flap. Canadian Geographic has officially recommended that the bird, also known as the whiskey jack or Canada jay, become a national symbol. It beat out winged heavies such as the black-capped chickadee, the Canada goose, the snowy owl and the crowd-favorite common loon. This comes after a process lasting nearly two years that included an online...

JPMorgan Chase and its Hong Kong affiliate have agreed to pay a total of $264 million in fines to settle allegations that the bank hired the friends and relatives of Chinese government officials in exchange for business. The bank isn't being formally charged with wrongdoing, but by agreeing to pay the fines, it brings a three-year investigation by the U.S. government to a close. "Creating a barter system in which jobs are awarded to applicants in exchange for lucrative business deals is a...

It was called the Marriott Kabul Hotel or sometimes the Marriott Grand Hotel Kabul or the Kabul Grand Hotel. In any case, it was going to be fabulous. There was its prime location, right across from the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. There was its size, more than 200 rooms and a conference center and attached apartments. Plus, hundreds of local jobs for Afghan people, the U.S. financing agency said in its 2007 press release announcing initial loans of $60 million for the project. "The...

After a week filled with questions and rumors of turmoil behind the scenes of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, his staff is now publicly laying out a more concrete timetable to get their work of ensuring a smooth handoff up to speed. The Trump transition team will begin notifying the Obama administration of its designees to meet with current agency officials starting today. That will start with national security. So-called "landing teams" assigned to the Department of Defense,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: President Obama is in Germany today meeting with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel. The two are holding a press conference at this hour. Let's listen to a bit. (SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Our alliance with our NATO partners has been a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy for nearly 70 years, in good times and in bad and through presidents of both parties because the United States has a...

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Russia has made inroads back into a part of the Western Hemisphere in Latin America. President Vladimir Putin signed a new security agreement with Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, a Russian ally back in the Cold War. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on Putin's expansion and a shipment of weapons into the U.S.'s backyard. CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: Nicaraguans got a look at their brand-new Russian hardware during the...

In Western and Central Africa a new technique to combat malaria is rapidly gaining traction across the Sahel. Health officials in 11 countries are now giving children antimalarial drugs during the rainy season in this semi-arid region and seeing a dramatic drop in the number of malaria cases. The technique is called Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention. Over four months, health workers give four doses of anti-malaria drugs to children under age 5. And it's been incredibly successful. Studies have...

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