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Thursday, April 20, 2006

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  • As Bush and Hu Discuss Issues, a Protest Erupts
    President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao hold talks on nuclear proliferation and energy policy as they work for closer U.S.-China ties. Outside the White House, activists protested human rights abuses by Hu's government. At east one managed to get inside to disrupt the day's ceremony.
  • Falun Gong Is a Presence at Hu-Bush Meeting
    Falun Gong demonstrators have been plentiful in the area around the White House this week, often standing in silence while holding banners. The signs spell out their grievances and detail the tortures the group says have been used against it in China.
  • Weighing China's Human-Rights Baggage on U.S. Visit
    China's economic and social freedoms have increased to a certain extent, but the communist government has not relaxed its limits on free expression, says Xiao Qiang, director of the China Internet Project at the University of California-Berkley's journalism department. Melissa Block talks with Xiao.
  • Al-Jaafari Prepares to Step Aside in Iraq
    A long-standing political impasse in Iraq could soon be broken, as signs emerge that the Shiite alliance has agreed to review its nomination of Ibrahim al-Jaafari as prime minister. Sunni and Kurdish leaders, along with some Shiites, are opposed to Jaafari. Parliament is scheduled to convene Saturday.
  • U.S.-Russia Accusations Fly, and Relations Turn Icy
    Last month, Washington accused Moscow of giving military intelligence to Iraq during the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Now, officials in Moscow say the United States is holding up Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. Deteriorating ties between the White House and the Kremlin in recent months have prompted talk of a new Cold War. Some foreign-policy analysts say that's because Moscow doesn't share Western values -- which Western countries have been slow to understand.
  • The Art of the Obituary
    One way to measure the fame of a celebrity might be the length of his obituary. Another might be how far in advance it is prepared. So says veteran newsman Walter Cronkite, who has covered the lives, and deaths, of many famous Americans. Cronkite talks about the art of marking someone's passing, including some of the stories he presented as anchor of the CBS Evening News.
  • Letters: AIDS Diary, Rumsfeld and Mentos
    Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters and emails. Topics include a report on a young South African describing what it's like to live with AIDS; our coverage of calls for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation; and an on-air science experiment involving Mentos.
  • A Virgin over the Marriage Threshold
    Commentator Caroline Langston reveals why she chose to be a virgin on her wedding night, at 31. Langston says that for her, abstinence helped make her and her new husband leave their wedding reception in a hurry. Now a mother of two, she questions the notion of "casual sex."
  • More Than 1,000 Undocumented Workers Arrested
    U.S. Immigration officials announce their largest ever worksite enforcement action. In raids across the country, agents arrested more than 1,100 unauthorized employees at IFCO Systems, a distributor of wooden pallets. They also arrested seven officers of the company.
  • Latinos' Calls for May 1 Boycott Cause Rifts
    Organizers of the recent immigrant marches are promoting May 1 as a national Latino boycott day. But the call to skip school, work and shopping on "Workers Day" has caused a rift within the Latino community.

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