This week, the first freely elected leader of Egypt in modern history is finishing up his first month as president. Guest host David Greene speaks with NPR's outgoing Cairo bureau chief, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, and her replacement, Leila Fadel, about the tumultuous last 18 months in Egypt and what lies ahead.
Republican presidential candidate Romney is meeting with top Israeli and Palestinian officials and delivering a speech in Jerusalem. Guest host David Greene talks with reporter Sheera Frenkel about the visit.
A foreign policy adviser initially said Mitt Romney would "respect" Israel's decision to act militarily to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, if the country felt it needed to. Romney is scheduled to give a speech in Israel later Sunday.
Improvised explosive devices remain one of the biggest killers in Afghanistan. As NATO forces prepare to withdraw from the country, Afghans are learning the special skills they'll need to find and disarm these deadly weapons. Instructors say there's a long way to go before they have enough professionals trained.
Debt, austerity and joblessness have prompted more people to leave the country in search of work. In the first six months of 2012, emigration from Spain is up more than 44 percent from the same period last year. The Spanish government denies it, but the "brain drain" has become something of a flood.
Renewed, intense fighting erupts in Syria's largest city, Aleppo, where rebels and government troops are battling each other in several neighborhoods. Although no one has prevailed, the government is expected to force back the rebels because of its superior firepower.
Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan won the gold medal in the men's cycling road race Saturday, edging Rigoberto Uran of Colombia in a late sprint. The medal completes a vindication for Vinokourov, 38, who was suspended for doping back in 2007.
The 2012 Olympic Games opened Friday, with a ceremony that included James Bond and Queen Elizabeth parachuting into the stadium, flyovers, rippling Union Jacks, Shakespeare, sheep and fireworks. Host Scott Simon talks to Simon Hoggart, political sketch writer for The Guardian about the opening ceremony.
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