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David Rohde Details Taliban Kidnapping In 'A Rope And A Prayer'

The White House is changing its policy about negotiating with terrorist groups which hold Americans hostage. Renee Montagne talks to David Rohde, a journalist who was held by the Taliban for months.

Afghan Schools: Is The Success Story Exaggerated?

Afghan officials reportedly inflated the number of students to make the education system appear more successful than it has been, according to the U.S. inspector for Afghanistan's reconstruction.

Buddha Statues Return To Afghanistan's Bamiyan Valley

In 2001, the Taliban destroyed the statues with explosives. A Chinese couple used a 3-D holographic projector to recreate the Buddhas in the cliff faces where they had stood for centuries.

A Gender Revolution Hits The Streets, Two Wheels At A Time

On one ride, a guy knocked one of the girls off her bike. But it didn't discourage these Afghan teens from cruising around Kabul every Friday and challenging the view that woman shouldn't bike.

Afghan Women Climbers Face Challenges Beyond Scaling Summit

It's been a difficult two months of intense training in secret for a dozen Afghan girls and women who are preparing for an unprecedented climb to Afghanistan's highest peak.

For Afghan Women Mountaineers, Uphill Battles Begin Before The Climb

Scaling Afghanistan's tallest mountain will be difficult enough. But Afghan female climbers and their American guides also face civil war, red tape and cultural taboos.

Former U.N. Envoy To Syria: Iran Has 'Too Much Influence In The Region'

Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has taken on tough gigs, but being an envoy to Syria during the civil war topped them all. He now works with The Elders, a group of global leaders working for peace.

Foreign Policy Experts Weigh In On U.S. Strategy Against The Islamic State

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with White House spokesman Josh Earnest about the current U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria. He also interviews foreign policy experts who say that policy needs review.

What Will The Next President Face On #Day1?

This week, NPR looks at four seemingly intractable problems that await the 45th president: stagnant wages, violent extremism, cybersecurity and the federal debt.

With Limited U.S. Troops, Afghan Forces Take The Brunt In Fight Against Taliban

Renee Montagne talks with U.S. Army General John Campbell, about how Afghan forces are faring against the Taliban now that they are fighting combat missions largely on their own.