Young Iraqi Refugees in Syria Miss Schools
Syria has become a safe haven for 2 million Iraqi refugees, most of them children. Education is important to Iraqis, but their parents can't afford school in Syria, meaning a generation of Iraqi kids may go uneducated.
Turkey Considers Raid in Northern Iraq
Turkey's government is asking the Turkish parliament to approve a cross-border offensive. The target would be Kurdish rebels operating there. The rebels are members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. They've want an autonomous region in the eastern part of Turkey.
North Carolina Urges Water Conservation
North Carolina's governor is calling on citizens to save a gallon of water every day. His request came as North Carolina and other southern states suffer from a major drought that has left parts of the region in danger of running out of water in the next several months.
Lawmakers to Halt Illegally Harvested Timber
Congress holds its first hearing on legislation aimed at shutting down the U.S. market for wood that is harvested illegally abroad. Tons of it come into the U.S. daily. But sometimes it takes a lumber detective to figure out what is illegally harvested wood.
Iraqi Aide to NPR Missing, Feared Dead
Countless Iraqis have become victims of sectarian kidnapping in Iraq's capital. One of the victims was Abu Abdullah (not his real name), an officer in Iraq's Interior Ministry who provided information to NPR's Baghdad staff. His family fears he is dead.
Hollywood Writers May Strike over New Media
The specter of a strike by television and movie writers looms over Hollywood. Their contract is up at the end of the month. A strike could change what we see on TV and eventually at the movies. Writers feel like they got cut out of a windfall from DVDs and don't want to get cut out of new media.
Love and Hate: A Tolstoy Family Tale
Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina opens with the line: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." A new book about Tolstoy's wife shows how their marriage seems to have fallen into the second category.
Oil Prices Surge Above $86 a Barrel
Mounting tensions between Turkey and northern Iraq have traders worried about oil supply disruptions. But demand is already tight. OPEC slashed its latest production estimate. It says demand for crude oil will grow by 100,000 barrels a day over last year.
UAW Accused of Over-Selling New GM Contract
Union leaders came away from contract talks with General Motors convinced that the new labor agreement included a guarantee that the company would not reduce the union work force. But GM is telling investors it has made no such pledge.
Warren Buffett Slashes PetroChina Holdings
Brian Bethune, an economist with forecasting and analysis firm Global Insight, discusses Warren Buffett's decision to sell much of his company's holdings in PetroChina. PetroChina works with the Sudanese government to help extract oil from the resource-rich African country.