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Obama condemns Koran burning plan

President Barack Obama had previously said plans to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 are a 'recruitment bonanza' for al-Qaeda. Terry Jones, the pastor behind the plan, had said the burning would be a way to stand up to terrorism.

Conflict & Justice

Iran reaches out to Lebanon

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is planning to visit Lebanon. Iran has long supported the Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah. But relations with Lebanon's government are not so smooth. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from Rami Khouri.

Arts, Culture & Media

Muslim drummers silenced

In many Muslim towns and villages around the world, drummers march through the streets to wake up residents for a meal before sunrise. Matthew Brunwasser reports from a neighborhood in Turkey where the drummers are no longer welcome by all.

Arts, Culture & Media

Interview with Yiyun Li

Writer Yiyun Li was born in China. Her first book of stories, published just five years ago, inspired comparisons with Hemingway. Li talks with Marco Werman about her journey to America, and what she learned by returning to Beijing.

Global Politics

Haitian student in New York

Since the earthquake in Haiti, thousands of Haitians have arrived in the US. One grassroots organization in Brooklyn helps such students finds places at schools. The World's Alex Gallafent has this story in our series ?Learning in two languages'.

Science, Tech & Environment

Haiti update

There are still 1.2 million people living in tent camps in Haiti. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Imogen Wall, United Nations' Humanitarian spokeswoman, about some of the biggest challenges in the humanitarian effort in Haiti.

Global Politics

Canada's speed bump optical illusion

There are lots of kids crossing the streets near schools. A big challenge is how to get drivers to slow down when driving by. A city in British Columbia has come up with a solution; a speed bump that creates a 3-D version of a little girl chasing a ball.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is South Africa's province of KwaZulu-Natal. The most widely spoken language there is Zulu. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Megan Hall, of Oxford University Press in South Africa about a new Zulu-English dictionary.

Arts, Culture & Media

Chopin's piano maker

For the Global Hit, we visit Polish composer Frederick Chopin's piano maker. Not an actual person ? but a company, one that still makes pianos today. It's called Pleyel. The World's Gerry Hadden visited the company's workshop in the Paris.

Conflict & Justice

European State of the Union

The World's Clark Boyd reports on the European Union's first ever 'State of the Union' address from EU President Jose Manuel. Officials hoped for an inspiring speech but also worried about how many members of parliament would actually show up to hear it.

Development & Education

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geoquiz is Nairobi, Kenya, where cell phone users are chatting up a storm following a drastic drop in cell phone rates. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from the BBC's Josphat Makori.

Arts, Culture & Media

P.K. 14

Our Global Hit is about a Chinese band that stands out to both Chinese and foreign audiences. The band is called 'P.K. 14,' and its music has been called post-punk. Mary Kay Magistad reports from Beijing. From PRI's The World.