Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reflects on how the country has changed in the 10 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Powell tells Steve Inskeep, "We have to be on guard that we don't spend so much time worrying about terrorism and guarding ourselves that we start to lose the essence of who we are as an open, freedom-loving people."
Spain's lower house of Parliament votes Friday on a constitutional amendment limiting the country's future budget deficit. The amendment would almost balance Spain's budget by the year 2020. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.
The bookshop made famous in the movie Notting Hill will close next week unless a buyer is found. A campaign has been started to keep the travel bookshop open. The founder of the shop says people are more interested in taking the store's picture than coming inside to buy a book.
Labor Day is usually a busy one for towns in New York's Catskills. Tourists from New York City and nearby states come to enjoy the last long weekend of summer. But this year, many towns are still cleaning up from the floods that followed Hurricane Irene. Business owners worry that even if they manage to reopen, the tourists won't come.
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<strong>O'Connell Street, 1952: </strong>Dublin in the 1950s is "perfect noir territory" says writer John Banville (who writes crime fiction under the pen name Benjamin Black). The city's dark history is incorporated into his work. "I am a novelist and therefore a cannibal," he says. "I eat whatever comes near me. Everything is material."
"If you are going to write noir fiction, Dublin in the '50s is absolutely perfect," novelist Benjamin Black tells NPR's Philip Reeves. "All that poverty, all that fog, all that cigarette smoke, all those drink fumes. Perfect noir territory."
You may know Black better as Irish writer John Banville, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sea. Banville writes his crime fiction under the name Benjamin Black. His novels star an oddball sleuth named Quirke — a bachelor in his early 40s who works as a consultant pathologist in a Dublin morgue.
U.S. Marines patrol with Afghan forces through a harvested poppy field in Northern Marjah in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. Ten years after the fall of the Taliban, progress on U.S. pledges to help Afghanistan is mixed.
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People living in Afghanistan 10 years ago had little electricity, few radios and almost no televisions to alert them of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington. The news didn't really reach across the country until the American bombing campaign and invasion began a month later. The fall of the Taliban regime at the end of 2001 and the flood of international aid raised hope in Afghanistan.