Neighboring Libya is also preparing for elections, a vote for an assembly charged with writing a constitution. Compared to many other parts of the Arab world, Libya's voters are largely affluent, well-educated and totally new to democratic politics. The overwhelming majority of Libya's people were born after Moammar Gadhafi came to power in 1969. Now, new political parties are preparing to compete for 200 assembly seats.
The United Nations says 16 million North Koreans suffer from chronic food shortages and that half the country's children are stunted by malnutrition. The UN warns the situation is unlikely to improve and, today, it launched an appeal in Beijing for funds the feed the hungry.
NPR's Louisa Lim reports from the Chinese capital.
In the middle of California's driest desert is the Salton Sea, the state's largest lake. Once a popular tourist destination, the storied salty and toxic lake nestled in the Imperial Valley has been slowly shrinking over the years.
A water transfer deal passed in 2003 could speed up that process, and some are now worried it could be an environmental and health disaster for the region.
Standing near the Salton Sea's receding shoreline on a recent day, 75-year-old Ed Angel points to a ragged patch of desert with dying palm trees.
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