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Justice

Here's an explanation about why there's a backlog of immigration cases

US immigration courts face major bottlenecks. It's a complex problem, tied to a shortage of judges, underfunding and different enforcement programs in the US used to deter migrants from crossing the US-Mexico border. And on top of all that, data shows that people from Central America and Mexico are less likely to get asylum than others.

Global Politics

Don't expect Brazil to offer Snowden asylum

Edward Snowden is looking to leave Russia, where he has temporary asylum. So he offered to help Brazil investigate the NSA's spying on that country. But if Brazil takes up the offer and gives Snowden asylum, it can expect serious consequences from a displeased US.

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Environment

Gulf Fishing Communities a Year Later

A year after a an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig created a devastating oil spill in the region, how are fishing communities in the Gulf of Mexico dealing with the disaster? The BBC's Robyn Bresnahan talks with people in the area.