It is looking extremely unlikely that Republicans and Democrats can agree on a plan by the end of the year. Britain went over its own fiscal cliff a couple of years ago. Since then, it has imposed a series of painful budget cuts.
The Russian Parliament Wednesday unanimously passed a measure that bans Americans from adopting Russian children. New York Times Moscow correspondent David Hoszenhorn speaks with Host Lisa Mullins about the political motivations and implications.
Alexander D'Jamoos is one of the many Russian children who have been adopted in the United States in the past 20 years. D'Jamoos has written a letter to President Putin asking him not to sign the law banning Americans from adopting Russian children.
Lisa Mullins speaks with George Friedman of the global intelligence firm StratFor. Friedman believes the international community has to come to grips with the fact that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been reduced to a warlord.
Thursday Lord Justice Sir Brian Leveson unveiled The Leveson Inquiry, a report that examined the phone hacking of British celebrities, politicians, athletes and crime victims at Rupert Murdoch's former tabloid publication News of the World.
A South African court handed down an 18-year jail term to German engineer Gerhard Wisser for his involvement in an international nuclear smuggling ring...but then suspended the sentence when he pleaded guilty in another case.
For Today's Geo Quiz, it helps to speak Irish. Traditional Irish is still spoken in some pockets of Ireland. These districts are scattered up and down the rocky west coast: What's the collective name for all of the country's Irish-speaking districts?
PRI's "The World" is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. Hosted by Lisa Mullins in Boston, it is the first global radio news program developed specifically for an American audience.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with musician Senti Toy. Her latest album, "How Many Stories Do You Read on My Face," is a collection of her own material. But as a PhD candidate in ethno-musicology, she also records the traditional music of others. She's from the Indian state, Nagaland. Nagaland is the answer to today's Geo Quiz.
In today's Geo Quiz -- we asked for the name of the sea that lies between the Korean peninsula and the islands of Japan. The answer depends on whom you ask. The Sea of Japan is the internationally recognized name, but Koreans prefer the East Sea or the East Sea of Korea. Any of those serve as the answer to our quiz.