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Today we ask why the US launched air-strikes on a hospital in Afghanistan. Also, we hear how a Noble prize-winning doctor in China developed an anti-malaria drug from a Chinese herbal medicine, and why residents of Beirut speak three languages — often in the same sentence.
Where does the United States stack up in the list of "the world's most dangerous countries?" We find out from someone who studies global gun violence, and can put the levels of such violence in the United States in perspective. One UNC professor also discusses with us what role social media plays, if any, in propagating and promoting gun violence. Later, we bring you a story on refugees resettling in Burlington, Vermont, and hear from business owners who are increasingly relying on these new arrivals to fill worker shortages. Plus, we take a look at the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act, which transformed the US.
An Afghanistan-based reporter says the Taliban's goal in fighting for control of Kunduz has more to do with scoring PR points than with making lasting gains on the ground. Taliban fighters have also been posting selfies of themselves in Kunduz, and that marks a big shift for these militants, whose radical interpretation of Islam has long forbidden the use of the Internet. Now they're using the web to promote their cause. Plus, we hear a very personal story many second- and third-generation Americans can relate to about the language gap that often exists between different generations of an immigrant family.
Russia launches airstrikes in Syria, just days after President Obama and President Putin offer visions for ending the civil war there. What's Putin up to? Also, Canadian cartoonist Kate Beaton takes on a number of famous figures, both historical and imagined, in her new book. Plus, you might want to hold off using the toothpaste with those little pieces of plastic in it.
Taliban fighters have taken over the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Today, Afghan troops, backed by US airstrikes, launched a counter-offensive. We'll get the latest from Kabul. Plus, we'll bring you the story of a pioneering Nigerian journalist and activist who was among those killed in the crush of the Hajj crowd in Saudi Arabia last week. Also, our own Kierran Petersen takes us into the wild world of an online game that has fans around the globe riveted.
World leaders are converging on New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly. All eyes were on President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, both of whom spoke Monday morning at UN headquarters. The two leaders are also supposed to meet for talks focusing on Syria and Ukraine. Also, it's been a year since 43 Mexican students went missing. We hear from an activist who wants to keep the memory of those disappeared students alive. Plus, our language editor Patrick Cox invites you to invent your own English words.