It's day two of a state government shutdown in Minnesota. The Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers can't agree on a new budget. Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio reports the impasse is a mere inconvenience for many Minnesotans, but it's causing real financial pain for others.
Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released Friday.
The troubles that hit the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn this week may find a place in history books. As presiding judge Michael Obus put it mildly in court Friday, "I understand that the circumstances surrounding this case, from the viewpoint of the parties, have changed substantially."
With full agreement from prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, a man who spent weeks under house arrest walked out of the courthouse Friday with a smile, his arm slung around the shoulders of his wife.
The case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has riveted France. His arrest sparked a national debate about the treatment of women and the role of the media. It also upended French politics, as prior to his arrest, Strauss-Kahn was seen as a potential challenger in next year's presidential election. Host Scott Simon speaks to Le Monde Senior Editor Sylvie Kauffmann about how the French are reacting to the latest developments in the case.
A fire breaks out in a gold mining village in the Bocaranga region of the Central African Republic in January. The possibility of a lucky strike has many farmers abandoning their fields for the mine, but aid workers express concern over poor conditions.
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Approximately 100 thatched-grass homes and market kiosks were destroyed in the mining village's fourth fire in two months.
In the middle of Africa lies a little-known country, landlocked and sparsely populated, that could well be one of the world's leading exporters of gold in the near future: the Central African Republic.
International mining companies hope to establish operations there soon. But until then, with gold prices soaring, the hunt for gold is led by former farmers. In one mining village, thousands of people are gambling on a lucky strike.