Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to arbitration at the Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters, and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Donald Trump picked a military town, Virginia Beach, Va., to give a speech Tuesday on how he would go about reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

He blamed the Obama administration for a string of scandals at the VA during the past two years, and claimed that his rival, Hillary Clinton, has downplayed the problems and won't fix them.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

Now, though, it's always blueberry season somewhere. Blueberry production is booming. The berries are grown in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest — not to mention the southern hemisphere.

But in any one location, the season is still short. And this means that workers follow the blueberry harvest, never staying in one place for long.


Putin 'Still Sure To Win' Next Year Despite Setback For His Party

Dec 5, 2011

Though Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party lost dozens of seats in Russia's parliament in elections held Sunday, and may have had to resort to fraud to keep from losing even more, he's "still sure to win" election as president next March, Masha Lipman, an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said on Morning Edition today.

With an approval rating around 70 percent and his party apparatus to support his bid, Putin's "chances are very good" in the spring election, Lipman told NPR's Steve Inskeep. A win would return Putin to the presidential seat he held for two terms before basically arranging to have Dmitry Medvedev take the post in 2008 and keep it warm for him.

But the voting results in parliamentary elections, Lipman and other analysts say, signals that many Russians are tired of the corruption that has been allowed to flourish in the Putin era.

And the results mean that Putin's party will "have little choice but to forge a working relationship with at least some segment of the newly empowered opposition," The New York Times writes. That opposition includes three parties that made gains in the elections — "the Communist Party, the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party and Just Russia, a social democratic party."

The Financial Times says "in the long-term, the big loss of support for United Russia bodes ill for prime minister Vladimir Putin's soft authoritarianism." But, it adds, the choices he faces all have potential problems:

-- Ordering the security police "to crack down even harder" on the opposition "would come with the risk of provoking wider protests and damaging Russia's international reputation."

-- Increasing spending on social services could lead to "conflicts within the elite," whose support Putin needs, if that meant there was less money to spread around to the rich.

-- And as for "market-oriented political and economic reforms ... there's little sign that he has such plans up his sleeve."

Sunday's vote, as The Associated Press reports, produced allegations of "ballot-stuffing and other significant violations at the polls," most of them allegedly to benefit Putin's party. And it adds that "the nation's only independent election watchdog has been subjected to a massive official intimidation campaign before the vote and saw its website blocked by what it described as a massive cyber attack it blamed on authorities."

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit