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National Public Radio Stories
S. Koreans Divided on Response to Newest Threat
Sentiment on the streets of Seoul is divided about how to respond to the latest threat to South Korean security. Some leading newspapers are calling for an end to South Korea's "sunshine" policy of openness to the North.
China Open to Considering North Korea Sanctions
China says it supports "appropriate action" by the United Nations against neighboring North Korea in the wake of that country's apparent testing of a nuclear bomb. China also says it is encouraging North Korea to return to talks over its nuclear activities.
Debate Punctuates Surprising Virginia Senate Race
With less than a month left until election night, Republicans and Democrats are focusing on tossup races. Among them is the Virginia race between Sen. George Allen (R-VA) and Jim Webb, a Navy secretary under President Reagan now running as a Democrat. The two held their last debate Monday.
High Spending Marks Congressional Elections
In the weeks leading up to congressional midterm elections across the nation, a lot of money is being spent. Candidates and parties have raised large amounts of cash to spend on last-minute television advertisements and campaign events.
School Violence Drops, Despite Shocking Crimes
President Bush's education summit on violence in schools begins Tuesday, following a rash of school shootings. Despite high-profile cases such as the Oct. 2 shooting at an Amish school in Pennsylvania, school violence is down nationwide since the Columbine attack seven years ago.
U.N. Considers Sanctions Against North Korea
Attention is focused on the United Nations one day after North Korea announced it had conducted an underground nuclear test. The Security Council met Monday to consider imposing sanctions against Pyongyang. These could include the inspection of cargo entering and leaving North Korea, a total arms embargo and a freeze on financial assets.
Solutions to Africa's Food Woes Remain Elusive
Sub-Saharan Africa still doesn't produce enough food to feed its own people. Millions of Africans are chronically malnourished, and the region has become perennially dependent on international food aid. Experts say a solution to Africa's overall food problems is still a long way off.
Impact of Potential Sanctions on North Korea Unclear
The United States has asked the United Nations to impose strict sanctions on North Korea after it said it tested a nuclear weapon. Great Britain and France say they'll go along with these sanctions. The impact on North Korea depends on how the sanctions are written.
Google YouTube Purchase a Shift in Strategy
Google moved from purchasing small, emerging companies to swallowing an established giant when it announced Monday that it is buying YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock. The deal marries the Internet's most prominent search engine with its most prominent video-sharing Web site.
U.N. Enlists 'Lonelygirl15' for Poverty Campaign
Lonelygirl15 is not all that lonely, on the YouTube Web site. Her popular video blog is being used by the United Nations as part of an anti-poverty ad campaign. A teenager who calls herself "Bree," the actor who plays Lonelygirl usually talks about boys, and herself. The U.N.'s Millennium Campaign is banking on her popularity to get people involved in fighting poverty.