As they mourn Nelson Mandela, the iconic anti-apartheid leader who shepherded South Africa to mutli-racial democracy, some South Africans are at peace with his death, some are in disbelief and some are anxious about a future without Mandela's guidance.
David Harris-Gershon and his wife, both Americans, were studying in Israel when she was nearly killed in a terrorist attack at a cafe. Harris-Gershon decided he needed to meet the family of the terrorist behind the attack, and wrote about that experience in his book, What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?
By the time he died, Nelson Mandela was considered one of the few, or perhaps only, giants on the world stage. But, as NPR's Scott Simon remembers, he was not alone in offering his life for freedom. And so the acclaim justly heaped upon Mandela is also a credit to those who worked, served and led with him.
Many Syrians fled their country and took refuge just across the border, planning to wait out the war. But now, a growing number are working with smugglers to get to northern Europe. The Syrians say they see no end in sight to the civil war and want to start a new life.
The founder of Pakistan's classic car club hops in his 1954 Austin-Healey and drives from one end of the troubled country to the other with his wife and friends. Why? Mostly because it's fun, but also as a statement of defiance to those causing havoc in Pakistan.
The world is reacting to news that Nelson Mandela has passed away. Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa's Ambassador to the United States, met Mandela in prison and he's been inspired by him ever since. Rasool speaks to host Michel Martin about Nelson Mandela's life and legacy.
India is poised to supplant Britain as the chain's largest market outside the U.S., Domino's Pizza CEO J. Patrick Doyle says. The company's Indian menu emphasizes vegetarian options and boosts the food's spiciness.
Reene Montagne and Steve Inskeep report on the music that sustained Nelson Mandela and other members of the anti-apartheid movement while they were in a South African prison. Many of them were huge reggae fans.
A Radio Diaries documentary offers a window into South Africa's half-century-long struggle for democracy through rare sound recordings of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela — and those who fought with and against him.
The transition from one role to the other is difficult, and many have failed making the attempt. Nelson Mandela was a rare example who succeeded in both jobs. In addition, he willingly stepped down after one term in office, setting an example for a young democracy.
Ronnie Smith, a chemistry teacher from Texas who spent more than a year at the International School Benghazi, was killed in Benghazi Thursday. Principal Peter Hodge tells NBC News that Smith was "very much loved" at the school.
Experts said Dr. Ola Orekunrin's dream to create air ambulance service in Nigeria was impossible. But as a doctor and helicopter pilot, she had the skills and dedication to make it work. Orekunrin tells host Michel Martin about Flying Doctors Nigeria.
At least 20 people were killed in the violence, in which a gun battle followed a large explosion. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but several analysts have noted that it resembles the operations of Al-Qaida.
A Mexican truck carrying radioactive material was hijacked and couldn't be located for two days. The truck was found empty on Wednesday and later the radioactive material was located separately. It's unclear if the thieves knew what they were stealing.
China's leaders hope to be able to fight and win two regional conflicts by 2020, according to the Pentagon in a report that highlights the East China Sea, site of recent tensions with the U.S. and Japan. The showdown over air space is the latest example of what the Pentagon sees as a resurgent Chinese military.
Having trouble wrapping your head around southern Europe's staggering unemployment problem? This week, IKEA advertised for 400 jobs in a new megastore on Spain's Mediterranean coast. It got more than 20,000 online applicants in 48 hours, before the retailer's computer servers crashed.
Since a coup last spring, the Central African Republic has spiraled towards chaos. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, and civilians are getting caught in the crossfire. Host Michel Martin talks with Lewis Mudge of Human Rights Watch about the growing calls for international intervention.
Two U.S. banks — JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup — are on the list of banks targeted by the EU fines. At more than $2 billion, the largest fine ever issued by the European Union in such a case came after a two-year investigation into banks' collusion.
A white Volkswagen truck that was stolen at a gas station in Mexico Monday is no ordinary truck: It's carrying "extremely dangerous" radioactive material, officials say. Authorities are warning the thieves that they could face serious health problems.