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Nigerian Civilians Caught In Crackdown On Islamists

Amnesty International says more than 950 people have died in military detention in Nigeria, as the government fights an Islamist insurgency. Civilians are increasingly becoming targets of the Islamists — and many local people say they are more frightened of government soldiers than the insurgents.

Wilted Reputations Left By Shutdown And Default Threat

There was a sense of relief Thursday as the U.S. government went back to work and once again skipped past default. But around the world, many investors wonder whether the U.S. is going to be in fiscal crisis mode for some time to come, and how the country's currency and creditworthiness will be viewed by others.

Report Estimates 30 Million People In Slavery Worldwide

Audie Cornish talks to Kevin Bales, a professor of contemporary slavery at the University of Hull and lead author of the 2013 Global Slavery Index. The first-time report by the Walk Free Foundation estimates that there are nearly 30 million people in slavery across the globe.

Did Turkey Sell Out Israeli Agents To Iran?

Once, Israel and Turkey were covert allies but ties between the two countries have been shaky for a few years now. And Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reported Thursday on a new twist in the complex relationship. Ignatius joins Robert Siegel to talk about the latest developments.

India, China Top List Of Nations With Most Slaves

But the country with the highest prevalence of modern-day slavery is Mauritania. That's according to a report released Thursday by the Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery group. The numbers are in line with previous estimates from the U.N. and the State Department.

Man Survives Botched Hanging; Iran Vows To Try Again

The family of the convicted drug smuggler found him still breathing in a morgue after he was hanged last week.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Tom Gjelten of NPR, Nadia Bilbassy of Al Arabiya and James Kitfield of National Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories, including: the international reaction to Washington’s fiscal deal, Secretary of State John Kerry's latest statements on Syria and stepped up diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program.


Lao Airliner Crash That Killed 49 Blamed On Bad Weather

One U.S. citizen was among the passengers in the turboprop that crashed into the Mekong River in southern Laos on Wednesday.

Businessman Retaliates Against Ice Cream Truck Driver

A Swedish newspaper reports that a prominent businessman, Percy Nilsson who owns a hockey team, confessed to drilling holes in the tires of an ice cream truck. Nilsson said he was infuriated by the teenage driver blowing the horn. The driver admits to blowing the horn almost 100 times per hour.

What The World's Newspapers Are Saying

The headlines are from a cross section of newspapers around the world. Thursday's stories range from Chile's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council to hope in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in the Philippines.