December 31, 2002 Addressing looming crises in Iraq and North Korea, President Bush says the two problems require different approaches. He reiterates that steps will be taken to "disarm" Iraq if necessary, but he calls for diplomacy to resolve issues over North Korea's renewed nuclear weapons program. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.
December 31, 2002 President Bush says war with Iraq may be necessary -- and costly. Meanwhile, Germany -- thus far reluctant to support military action -- appears to edge toward support of the U.S. position. NPR's Emily Harris reports.
December 31, 2002 Israeli election officials disqualify an Israeli-Arab member of Parliament from next month's elections. The election commission says Ahmed Tibi supported Palestinian attacks against Israelis. Tibi vehemently denies the charge. NPR's Linda Gradstein reports.
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December 31, 2002 U.N. nuclear inspectors kicked out of communist North Korea make a stop in China en route to the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna. The expulsions follow North Korea's move to revive a nuclear facility. Russia condemns the action, but China takes a more measured approach. NPR's Rob Gifford reports.
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December 30, 2002 Three Americans are killed at a Baptist missionary hospital in Yemen, and a fourth is critically wounded. Yemeni authorities have arrested a man and say an extremist cell that targets foreigners may be responsible. NPR's Vicky O'Hara reports on the shootings, and NPR's Eric Weiner profiles other U.S. missionaries.
December 30, 2002 In a surprisingly peaceful transition of power, Mwai Kibaki is sworn in as Kenya's third president since independence. Kibaki, of the opposition National Rainbow Coalition, handily defeated the ruling party candidate last week. Kibaki promises to reform, rebuild and revitalize Kenya. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports.
December 30, 2002 After a decade of service in Russia, the U.S. Peace Corps has been asked to leave. The Corps had already scaled back its mission -- there are only 27 volunteers in the country now, compared to about 200 one year ago. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports on the political and economic factors behind the decision.
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December 30, 2002 Tens of thousands of Kenyans gather in Nairobi for the inauguration of the country's new president, Mwai Kibaki. The leader of the opposition National Rainbow Coalition won an overwhelming victory in last week's election, taking 63 percent of the vote. The event marks the end of 24 years of rule by President Daniel arap Moi. Hear NPR's Jason Beaubien.
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December 30, 2002 Outgoing South Korean President Kim Dae Jung says isolating communist North Korea is not the way to get the communist state to abandon its plans to restart its nuclear program. He urges dialogue with Pyongyang, echoing statements made by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. NPR's Eric Weiner reports.
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December 30, 2002 Israeli peace advocates are monitoring the behavior of Israeli soldiers at checkpoints in the West Bank. The advocates say their presence influences the soldiers to act more humanely, and allows more Palestinians to go about their daily lives. NPR's Linda Gradstein reports.
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December 30, 2002 When Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father as president of Syria in 2000, he launched a reform movement to make the political process more open. As NPR's Kate Seelye reports, the movement has sparked hope for real political change in the Mideast nation.
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December 30, 2002 China launches its fourth unmanned space capsule into Earth orbit. The government said the program could "soon lead to a manned space voyage." NPR's Rob Gifford and Renee Montagne discuss why the race to space is so important to China's national pride.
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December 29, 2002 Broadcasters in many Muslim nations are refusing to run a series of TV ads meant to soften anti-American sentiment by profiling Muslims living in America. All Things Considered host Steve Inskeep talks with Rami Khouri, a syndicated political columnist in Jordan, about why the ads are unpopular.
December 29, 2002 Spurred by North Korea's decision to restart its weapons program and expel U.N. inspectors monitoring its main nuclear complex, Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States is willing to talk to North Korea -- if it changes its behavior. NPR's Janet Babin reports.
December 29, 2002 Opposition leader Mwai Kibaki swept to a historic win in Kenya's presidential and general election, ending nearly 40 years of rule by President Daniel arap Moi's KANU party. Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen talks with NPR's Jason Beaubien about the significance of Kibaki's win, and what it means for Kenya.
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