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France frees Iranian assassin

A French court ordered the release from prison of an Iranian man who was serving a life sentence for murder. Here's what strikes some as suspicious: a French teacher whom Iran had held on charges of spying was allowed to fly home just two days ago.

Global Politics

John Burdett's Bangkok

Leaders of the so-called 'red shirt' demonstrators said today they're ready to accept mediation from a group of Thai senators. Marco Werman talks to novelist John Burdett about the story behind the headlines from Thailand.

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Protecting themselves in Juarez

Residents in the Mexican border city of Juarez are increasingly forming neighborhood associations and blocking off streets in an effort shield themselves from ongoing drug violence. Monica Ortiz Uribe discovered the trend is uniting neighborhoods.

Arts, Culture & Media

Cacao crops waning

Cacao plantations have been a mainstay for farmers in the Mexican state of Chiapas. But farmers have started to abandon these crops for the more lucrative sugar cane and oil palm plants. Murray Carpenter reports.

Conflict & Justice

'Erasing David'

British filmmaker David Bond spent one month on the lam last year to see how effective video surveillance and private investigators would be at catching up with him. We hear more on today's show.

Arts, Culture & Media

Chico Trujillo

Our Global Hit today is a retro twist on a Latin style. We've presented various interpretations of Colombian cumbia in recent years. Now, along comes a cumbia band from Chile called Chico Trujillo.

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Geo answer

The answer to our Geo Quiz today is Malaysia. Government censors recently revised their rules regarding what subjects cannot be depicted in films. One movie maker is testing the new limits with a gay-themed film. Jennifer Pak reports.

Arts, Culture & Media

Kreyol rap in Haiti

Haiti is the birthplace of many musical genres: troubadou, Vodun racine, high-energy rara, and so on. Many Haitians would argue that rap does not belong on this list. Then rap kreyol hit the scene. As Amy Bracken reports, the music's very much alive.

Conflict & Justice

Rural 'red shirt' protesters

The 'Red Shirt' protesters in Bangkok, Thailand say they represent the poor. Many are from the country's poorer regions in rural northeast Thailand. Simon Montlake went there to learn what is fueling the deadly political tensions in the capital.