PRI's The World: 04/11/2016
April 11, 2016
Today we hear about new research on the diversity of life on Earth. It turns out that on the so-called "Tree of Life," humans occupy a branch that scientists say keeps getting smaller and smaller. It's a world of one-cell organisms and we're just living in it. Also, are revelations that British Prime Minister David Cameron is mentioned in the Panama Papers enough to bring down his government? Plus, it's "maps full of monsters" Monday.
Stories in this Edition
The Pentagon’s stockpile of air-to-ground munitions has suffered an unexpected dip — and it may take a long time to restore it.
The evidence of crimes against humanity is stronger against President Bashar al-Assad than against those who led the genocide in Rwanda, says a former war crimes prosecutor.
Genetic data from more than 1,000 newly sequenced microorganisms show bacteria make up most of the genetic diversity of life on Earth.
There’s something else that survivors of the A-bomb want: They want the world to agree to no more Hiroshimas. If the visit by John Kerry — and perhaps a future visit by Barack Obama — can help secure that, that would be more meaningful than a formal apology.
In contrast to its US allies, the Canadians want to normalize relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Conservative-led government in Ottawa abruptly cut off ties with Iran in 2012. Now, the new Liberal government says it’s time to turn the page.