Over the past couple of years, hundreds of millions of dollars have disappeared from Afghanistan's biggest private bank. Abdul Qadeer Fitrat was in charge of investigating what happened to the money at Kabul Bank. Fitrat tells Renee Montagne he resigned and fled the country because his life was in danger.
Protesters in the Syrian capital Damascus staged a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to press for democratic changes. It was the first officially-sanctioned protest in the capital, and it comes just days after the regime allowed opposition activists to meet at a Damascus hotel.
Strikes in Britain are the latest in a series of protests sweeping Europe over the imposition of tough austerity measures aimed at controlling debt and spending. The result: a crisis of confidence. The airwaves in Europe are awash with gloomy debates over whether the European Union even has a long-term future. NPR's Philip Reeves reports.
During President Obama held a news conference Wednesday, he urged lawmakers to act quickly on a deficit reduction plan, and to approve an increase in the federal debt ceiling. The debt limit must be raised by Aug. 2 or the government will risk an unprecedented default. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
Lawmakers are promising legislation addressing issues raised in a state audit of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. The 118-page audit made 92 recommendations for strengthening Board of Trustees’ oversight and governance of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. The board manages investments of nearly $13 billion for 300,000 active and retired state workers. State Auditor Crit Luallen says the audit primarily focused on the use of placement agents, which she defined for House and Senate State Government Committee members.
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare addresses a press conference.
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India has been dealing with a series of corruption scandals, from the sale of telecom licenses to last year's Commonwealth Games. Now activists are demanding a new government office to fight corruption. Commentator Sandip Roy, who lives in Calcutta, says so-called "black money" permeates Indian society.
Corruption is nothing new in India. The first time I came back from the U.S., the customs official said, "give me 200 rupees and I won't open your suitcase."
My friend said, "bring some extra Kit Kats or Dove soaps for the customs guy."
Island. The very word connotes isolation — an isolation that has allowed pockets of animal species to evolve in safety over the course of thousands of years. But, as author William Stolzenburg writes in a new book, isolation can also be a weakness.
In Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue, Stolzenburg gives an account of the damage done to island ecosystems by invasive species like cats, weasels and rats — all animals that have at one point overrun new island environments and nearly destroyed native species.