Evolving passport rules cause confusion on northern border The federal government plans to tighten the rules on travel across the U.S.-Canadian border. That's frustrating for people living in border communities like International Falls. Right now, it's not even clear whether passports will be required, or when the new rules will take effect.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Europe Struggles with Influx of Iraqi Refugees
After four years of chaos and violence, nearly two million Iraqis remain outside their country, most in neighboring countries such as Jordan and Syria. In Europe, Iraqi applications for asylum have doubled over the past three years. Few European countries are offering much refuge, with one exception: Sweden.
Cooder's 'Buddy' Revives Tales of a Bygone America
On his latest CD, Ry Cooder recounts hardships of the Dust Bowl migration through the story of a "red" cat named Buddy and his two traveling buddies. The story was inspired by a real feline who slept in a suitcase.
Ghana Marks 50th Anniversary, and Some Regrets
Ghana, which turns 50 today, is planning nationwide celebrations that will be attended by dignitaries from around the world. The West African nation was the first black African country to obtain its independence from colonial rule. But there are mixed feelings about the anniversary.
Vice President Cheney Treated for Blood Clot
Physicians for Vice President Dick Cheney are keeping an eye on his health after an ultrasound revealed a blood clot in his left leg. Cheney will be treated with blood thinning medication for several months.
Walter Reed Reaction Contrasts with Abu Ghraib
The Bush administration is reacting swiftly with personnel changes and investigations after reports that patients were being treated poorly at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This is in contrast to the action taken after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq three years ago.
British Court Blocks Publication of E-Mail
A court in Britain has blocked the country's main media outlets from publishing an e-mail written by members of Prime Minister Tony Blair's staff. The e-mail is believed to refer to a scandal involving Blair's Labour Party.
In China, Wealthy Turn to Female Bodyguards
Some wealthy Chinese are seeking a measure of protection by hiring private bodyguards. Businessmen have begun hiring female bodyguards for occasions where it can be awkward to have a man in the job.
Berlin Shows Off Its New Sense of Style
Berlin is known more for graffiti than for glamour — and city has decided that it's time for a makeover. Hosting several new fashion events this year, Berlin hopes to add its name to the ranks of famous European fashion centers.