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President Barack Obama is in Vietnam, and he announced today that the United States would lift its five-decade-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam. Why the change in policy? It might have something to do with China. Also, we'll head to Austria to hear about a far-right candidate for president who fell just short in elections this weekend. It's part and parcel of a European shift to the right that resonates strongly with the rise of Donald Trump here in the United States. Plus, we hear about countries that want to give all of their citizens a guaranteed basic income: Switzerland is due to decide on the issue soon.
President Obama heads to Vietnam this weekend. We'll find out what that visit means to a Vietnamese American. Plus, an update on the persistent problem of polluted water at several Olympic venues in Brazil. And Morocco serves as a stand-in for many Middle East locations in Hollywood movies, but many in Morocco would like their country to play itself more on the big screen.
We'll have the latest on EgyptAir Flight 804 that went down in the Mediterranean earlier this morning. We also bring you a conversation with an Army chaplain who quit over the US military drone program. Plus, an engineer who has become the jukebox hero of Los Angeles.
Maz Jobrani reflects on life as an Iranian American comic and his new movie, "Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero." He also talks US politics and weighs in on the Kardashians. Plus, a reporter for the New York Times has been investigating the chain of events that led to a US airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan back in October that left 42 people dead. We also bring you the story of the translator of a South Korean novel that just won the coveted Man Booker International Prize — and the translator only started learning Korean six years ago.
Tensions are running high again in Hong Kong. Back in 2014, pro-democracy protesters took to the streets in protest. Now, for the first time since those protests, a high-level official from Beijing is visiting the semi-autonomous territory. Security is tight for what officials are calling an "inspection visit." Plus, we hear the story of a couple from Africa who are on a mission to teach people here to eat a healthier diet. Later, the duo known to fans in LA's Koreatown as Coco Avenue. The two African American women are currently in South Korea, wowing the crowds with their own brand of K-Pop.
One hundred years ago today, Western countries drew a line in the sands of the Middle East. It's known as the Sykes-Picot line, and the borders and rivalries it created back in 1916 are still affecting people today. Also, Canada's "first lady," Sophie Gregoire Trudeau caused a stir after suggesting she needs more staff to do her job properly. And remember Jamala, the Crimean Tatar singer we profiled a week ago? Well, she won the Eurovision competition with her song about the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union. We'll take you to Kiev for an update.