Renee Montagne talks with Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Institution's Doha Center, about what President Obama needs to convey to the Arab world in today's speech on the Middle East.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the embattled managing director of International Monetary Fund, resigned Wednesday, saying he wanted to devote "all his energy" to battle the sexual assault charges he faces in New York.
The IMF's executive board released a letter from the French executive Wednesday in which he denied the allegations lodged against him but said that with "sadness" he felt he must resign. He said that he was thinking of his family and that he wanted to protect the IMF.
Johnny Clegg's new album, <em>Human</em>, is his first to be released in the U.S. in 17 years.
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Long before Paul Simon teamed up with South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo, there was Johnny Clegg.
As a teenager in Johannesburg, Clegg sought out Zulu migrant workers and learned their traditional songs and dances. In the 1970s, he started a band, Juluka, which brought black and white musicians together on stage. That was illegal under Apartheid, and so the group was harassed and banned from the radio.
In this era of home foreclosures and high unemployment, it's hard to sympathize with the professional athlete laid low by the high life. It seems almost impossible that an athlete making $5 million, $10 million, or, in the case of Derrick Coleman, $90 million over a career could lose all his money. Of course, many a now-bankrupt athlete also thought it impossible.
As an oil exporter, Saudi Arabia is one of the richest countries in the world. And with an economy that is continuing to grow, its reputation among many people in the Arab world is that of a nation of extravagance and, sometimes, excess.
But when you look beyond the luxury SUVs, upscale malls and glittery high rises in the desert kingdom, a far different view of Saudi life emerges — one laced with poverty and unemployment, affecting millions of people. It's a problem many Saudis are reluctant to acknowledge.
"I wear the same badge and have the same gun, same uniform," says Arcelia Ponce, who has been working as a volunteer in the Los Angeles Police Department's reserves for two years.
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The new budget for Los Angeles would cut $100 million from the city's police department. Officials hope to save the money by granting less overtime. And one way to do that is through the use of volunteers.
The Los Angeles Police Department already has more than 700 unpaid workers in its Reserve Corps. These volunteers save the city about $5 million each year. But some in the legal profession have concerns.
For anyone interested in becoming a reserve officer, the first step is the orientation meeting.
Though lobbyists target Capitol Hill, often those in public relations work on issues ahead of them, conditioning the legislative landscape.
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When it comes to the inner workings of Washington, you often hear about lobbyists influencing the political process. But there's another time tested profession that works just as hard trying to do much the same thing: Public relations. In D.C. it's often referred to as "public affairs" or "advocacy." But it's PR just the same.
First, what is the difference between lobbying and public relations? For starters, lobbyists have to disclose their activities. PR professionals do not. But they do work together.
Players of the game L.A. Noire are represented by Cole Phelps (right), who has to find clues to solve a complex crime case in 1940s Los Angeles.
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A new videogame offers up another way to experience life on the Los Angeles Police Department circa 1947.
The much-anticipated "L.A. Noire" is out this week. Players are put into the shoes of Cole Phelps, a returning World War II vet who solves crimes and works his way up, from beat cop to detective. He's surrounded by a host of suspects: from a sketchy Hollywood movie producer to crooked cops.
Sydney Keyser at home in Deerfield, N.H. Her mother has struggled to avoid foreclosure.
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Part of aserieson young people and financial literacy
About 14 million Americans are unemployed and looking for work, and millions more are facing foreclosure. Some have kids in college, and those struggling families must make tough choices about whether to borrow money to pay for school.
One horse has been euthanized, and two others sick at this quarantined horse training facility near Fort Lupton.
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A deadly horse virus outbreak has caused the cancelations of numerous shows and competitions around the country – including in Colorado. So far, there have been six confirmed cases of the Equine Herpes Virus-1 virus in Colorado horses, and agriculture officials have implemented new travel requirements for horses entering the state.
EHV-1 poses no threat to people, but it’s easily spread among horses and llamas, said State Veterinarian Keith Roehr.