Dalai Lama visits Minnesota Excitement is building among Minnesota's Tibetan population for a visit from the Dalai Lama on Sunday. The Dalai Lama is the political leader for the Tibetan government in exile, now based in India.5:50 p.m.
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Report Slams Homeland Response to Katrina
A focus on terrorism left the Department of Homeland Security unable to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to the agency's Inspector General. His sharply critical report makes 38 recommendations for improving disaster response missions.
Helping to Rebuild New Orleans, Illegally
Among the small army of workers rebuilding New Orleans, one group in particular stays out of sight: The Brazilians. They tend to sleep in the houses they're gutting, and they're more culturally isolated than the Hispanics. The Brazilian workers describe how multiple layers of subcontractors and "labor agents" stand between them and their American employers, who enjoy deniability about the illegal work force.
Officer's Death Blamed on '9-11 Lung' Ailment
As the lingering effects of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are tallied, a growing number of first responders have died after being exposed to dust at the World Trade Center site. A recent autopsy report on a retired police detective directly linked his death to the attack.
Calling Out a Top Defense Official
While six retired military generals have come out in the past weeks calling for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to step down, no active generals have followed suit. Time magazine reporter and commentator Douglas Waller offers some historical perspective on speaking out against a senior official.
On Immigration, Americans Show Range of Views
How are U.S. citizens reacting to the sudden rise in immigrants' numbers and aspirations? Some are enraged about broken borders and the rule of law. But many simply accept the phenomenon -- and quite a few are positive about it.
Spain Judges Effects of Blanket Amnesty for Immigrants
The status of illegal immigrants may be stirring fierce debate in the United States, but in Spain hundreds of thousands of immigrants are getting used to life on the "right" side of the law, after last year's blanket amnesty. While critics say the amnesty has produced a "magnet effect" -- stressing that Spain now struggles to deal with a surge of African boat people -- the government points out that the new legal workers have contributed hundreds of millions of euros to the state treasury and pension system. Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Iraq's Christians Mark Good Friday
Members of Iraq's Christian minority visited churches in Baghdad and across the country to mark Good Friday. Under Saddam Hussein, Christians enjoyed a degree of protection. Now many are fleeing Iraq because of the continuing violence.
Sunday Sermons, No Longer Unplugged
Many Christian clergy are turning to non-traditional methods to give their Sunday sermons a more contemporary feel. NPR's Michele Norris talks with Nick Fatato, senior pastor of the Boston Worship Center, who searches the Internet for interesting downloads, including songs, interviews, and video to use in his services.
Bush Defends Rumsfeld's Performance in Iraq
President Bush issues a strong statement in support for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who has come under increasing criticism for his performance. The president says Rumsfeld is "exactly what is needed at this critical period."
Cordoned Off, an Iraqi Town Relaxes
Tarmiyah, a town once remarkable for its heavy insurgent activity, has become a haven for Sunnis fleeing sectarian violence in Baghdad. More than a thousand families have moved there since the Samarrah bombing. The military controls all entrances and exits to the farming town, on the banks of the Tigris.