There's a way to do basketball diplomacy right, says former NBA player Ira Newble, who spoke up on the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan in 2007. And he says that's not what Dennis Rodman is doing in North Korea.
Is Iran expecting relations with the US to go south again? US officials say Iran is building a replica of the aircraft carrier the USS Nimitz — seemingly as a propaganda ploy. An imam who spoke for al-Qaeda after 9/11 says he became the terrorist organization's spokesman by accident. And the pope breaks with Italy's mafia, in today's Global Scan.
People in southern Sudan vote in a referendum on independence this Sunday. This is not expected to be a close outcome: it would be a surprise if fewer than 90% of the votes were in favor of breaking away from the north. Matthew Brunwasser reports.
Southern Sudanese refugees in Anchorage, Alaska have started language classes for their Americanized children. The classes in the Nuer language help the children connect to their families. Annie Feidt of Alaska Public Radio Network reports.