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Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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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 the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 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.

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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.

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Ritu Sharma, Helping Women 'Thrive Worldwide'

May 31, 2012
Originally published on May 31, 2012 2:51 pm

May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. All month, Tell Me More is talking to people who trace their heritage to that part of the world, and have changed the game in various fields.


Nonprofit "game changer" Ritu Sharma knew from a young age that she wanted to make a difference. Now, as the president and co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, she is hoping to lift women and children around the world out of poverty by influencing U.S policy.

Sharma is a first-generation American. Her family's roots are in Punjab, India, so it's easy to understand where she gets her taste for international affairs. The challenge sometimes is convincing people crafting U.S policy that keeping women and girls out of poverty should be an issue of national concern. In an interview with Tell Me More host Michel Martin, Sharma says there's a correlation between countries with less-than-stellar women's rights records, and countries where governments are unstable and where terrorism might take root.

In order to advance her work, Sharma tries to make a trip once a year to live with underprivileged women for a week at a time. She does this while living as the women there live, and using what they live on.

Sharma says the experiences are critical to being able to better understand the women for whom she advocates.

"You really don't know what it's like until you at least try to walk in their shoes," she says. "Standing there next to an African farmer and trying to weed with a little hoe that's about 5 inches long, you know, my back hurts after five minutes! She's out there for five or six hours a day."

But Sharma insists that women around the world aren't lamenting their situations, and they're not asking for a handout.

"They are tenacious," she says. "They just want equal access. They want a little bit of a hand so that they can get ahead; they can do the rest themselves."

A do-it-yourself approach has been critical to Sharma's own success. She co-founded Women Thrive Worldwide in 1998, before she had turned 30 years old. Her decision to go into the nonprofit world wasn't at the top of her parents' wish list.

"I think my parents really hoped I would become a Wall Street banker or an engineer," she says, noting that her parents thought that was where she could put her international economics degree to work. But, she adds, "my parents are also people who supported me — unlike many, many Indian parents — as a girl to follow my dreams." It's a lesson that she says defined her work, and inspired her to do the same for women around the world.

Cooperation and cultural understanding are central to Sharma's approach. Rather than impose a Western way of thinking on some societies, Sharma chooses to rely on forward-thinking men and women in all cultures to achieve success organically. That, says Sharma, is how change happens.

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