A memorial service was held Monday for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He died on Saturday at the age of 85 after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke. Current and former officials from around the world are in Israel, including Vice President Joe Biden.
Since the violent 1957 standoff over the integration of Central High School, federal courts have been involved in Little Rock school affairs. Now a deal by the state, school districts and lawyers representing black students could end that oversight.
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris preparing for a long-delayed peace conference on Syria next week. He's urging the Syrian opposition to negotiate with a regime they've been trying to topple. The war in Syria has raged for three years and has befuddled the international community.
The Syrian death toll has passed 100,000 but it's become too difficult to accurately keep track of all the killings, according to the United Nations. Here's the story of one recent death: a nurse who had helped establish a makeshift clinic in one of Syria's most contested cities.
Sunday's Golden Globes celebratie a diverse group of actors, but beyond those standouts, Hollywood is still a tough town for minorities. In a "who-you-know" business, professionals say, the only color that really matters is green.
Rachel Garlinghouse and her husband, both white, have adopted three African-American children. She tells NPR's Rachel Martin that her trans-racial family makes her look at discrimination "in a whole new way." Garlinghouse says she must be humble and realistic about the challenges.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died on Saturday. He was a soldier-turned-politician who believed in hardline military solutions but also looked beyond force to try to bring peace in Israel. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Ari Shavit of The Haaretz newspaper about what Sharon meant for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Tunisian lawmakers are poised to give final approval to a new constitution later this week. Political wrangling over the document has long delayed the ratification process, but if the constitution gains final approval on Tuesday, as planned, it will set the stage for a new round of parliamentary elections.
From its earliest days to its current state, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can largely be tracked by charting the lives of these arch-rivals. The two played major roles in shaping events, yet the enduring conflict has now outlasted both of them.
Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who suffered a devastating stroke in 2006 at the height of his political power, died Saturday after spending eight years in a coma. NPR's Scott Simon remembers Sharon with former ambassador Dennis Ross, who has played a leading role in shaping U.S. policy on Israel.
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