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Parallels
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Would You Buy A Used Car From A Man Named Beer Horse?

NPR's Frank Langfitt has been offering free taxi rides around Shanghai to talk to ordinary Chinese. He drives a Camry around the city, but rented a van for a trip 500 miles outside the city earlier this year. He recently decided to buy a car, which can be a complicated process in China.
Yang Zhuo for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:46 pm

I'd been renting a Toyota Camry to give free rides around the city for my series Streets of Shanghai, about the lives of ordinary Chinese. But the monthly rental fees were killing me, so I figured I could save money by buying a used car.

I went to a reputable used car dealership. The first hint that this would be different than shopping in the U.S. came when I met my salesman, a fresh college grad.

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Europe
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Are The French Always On Vacation Or Does It Just Seem That Way?

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:48 am

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Parallels
6:36 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Greeks Brace For The Fallout As Deadline Looms

A Greek demonstrator urges a "no" vote in Sunday's referendum on whether Greece should accept international demands for additional financial austerity. He is holding an old 1,000 Greek drachma bank note during a rally in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki on Monday. Some Greeks say the country should leave the eurozone and go back to the drachma.
Giannis Papanikos AP

Giorgos Koronis is welcoming tourists from the U.S. and England at the old Olympic Stadium in Athens, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

Koronis, 50, has worked for the state for 25 years, mainly at ticket counters at various tourist sites around the Greek capital. But today he's struggling to smile.

He spent Monday morning at the ATM in line with a few retirees from his neighborhood, including his mother.

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Latin America
5:43 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Like Greece, Cash-Strapped Puerto Rico Needs A Fiscal Lifeline

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:52 am

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Environment
5:41 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

U.N. Holds Climate Talks In New York Ahead Of Paris Meeting

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:32 pm

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The Two-Way
5:23 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

If The Mess In Greece Is All Greek To You, Then Read This

The EU and national flags fly in the foreground of the Parthenon, as Greek voters prepare to decide whether to continue negotiating for more international loans.
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Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:59 am

"It was Greek to me."

Shakespeare used that phrase in one of his tragedies to suggest that a complicated matter was beyond understanding.

Many Americans may be muttering those words again as this week's Greek tragedy plays out.

The situation in Athens really is complicated, but it's also important. So let's walk through the basics together, and then consider what it might mean to Americans.

Here's what has happened so far:

-- The Greek government has way too much debt and can't pay its creditors.

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Latin America
4:36 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Brazilian President Makes First U.S. Visit Since NSA Spying Scandal

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:29 am

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Latin America
4:29 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Dominican Deportations Reach Crisis Levels, Haitian President Says

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:32 pm

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Europe
4:29 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

U.S. Encourages Europe To Keep Greece In The Eurozone

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:32 pm

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Business
4:29 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

NBC Dumps Donald Trump Over Comments On Mexican Immigrants

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:32 pm

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