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State Department Extends Closure Of Embassies

More than 20 diplomatic posts, including consulates, have been temporarily shut down throughout the Middle East and the Arabian peninsula and the State Department has issued a global travel warning for Americans.

Iran's New President: U.S. Wants 'Excuse' To Confront Tehran

Hassan Rouhani, elected in June, has pledged greater openness on his country's nuclear program, but already he's seeming to echo the confrontational tone of his predecessor.

Musharraf's Return Fuels Chaos In Pakistan

The former president will be charged with the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed at a rally in 2007. Host Rachel Martin talks to Hameed Gul, former director general of the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence service, about the political deterioration in Pakistan.

Activists Fight Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill

The measure is one of the most punitive anti-gay measures in the world. Host Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Gregory Warner about the "Anti-Homosexuality Bill."

When Comedians Cross Borders

Ryan Ha, a Chinese-American and CEO of the Comedy Club China in Beijing, is bringing stand-up comedy to China. Host Rachel Martin asks him what's funny in Beijing.

U.S. Embassies In The Muslim World Closed Sunday

The Department of State has issued a travel alert over the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin about the threat of more attacks.

Regimental Combat Team 7 Rolls Up Its Flag In Afghanistan

At peak deployment, 20,000 Marines were stationed in Helmand Province. Now there are only 8,000, and that number will drop further as Regimental Combat Team 7 heads home. Its commander says too many Afghans are dying in fighting there, but the local troops are still better than the Taliban.

The Biggest Thing Out Of Thailand: An Elephant Orchestra

Based out of a conservation center for former work animals, the Thai Elephant Orchestra is just what it sounds like: a group of elephants trained to play enormous percussion instruments, holding mallets in their trunks and sometimes trumpeting along.

Week In News: Terror Alert

The U.S. State Department issued a warning to Americans traveling abroad this weekend, as well as to many embassies and consulates, that it has learned of the possibility of a terrorist attack. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic.

Mugabe Declared Winner In Zimbabwe's Presidential Poll

Mugabe's opponent, outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, is likely to appeal the official outcome.