Archaeologists are now mapping a wall in eastern China that is as much as 15 feet tall in some places, and predates the more famous barrier by 300 years. Hundreds of miles long, it was likely erected to keep neighboring Chinese dynasties from invading each other, historians say.
The attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in the Libyan city on Sept. 11, 2012, killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The newspaper says the attack was led by local fighters and was fueled in large part by anger at a video denigrating Islam.
The violence at Al-Azhar university between police and students who support the Muslim Brotherhood comes amid a government crackdown against the organization. The crackdown is being intensified ahead of a constitutional referendum next month.
Heavy fighting in recent days between rebels and government-backed forces has created a wasteland in the South Sudan city of Malakal. Dead bodies line the streets and thousands of refugees are without food as U.N. peacekeepers struggle to assess the needs here. Host Arun Rath talks to NPR's Gregory Warner, who is traveling with U.N. officials in Malakal.
2013 was a dismal year in the Middle East. More than two years after the uprisings of the Arab Spring, the region has largely descended into chaos and violence. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Marc Lynch, a Middle East analyst at George Washington University.
A senior official in South Sudan said Saturday that government troops will attack the main rebel stronghold if the rebels turn down a proposed cease-fire. The government had offered a truce on Friday to end two weeks of ethnic violence that has killed more than a thousand people.
Each winter, a team of scientists sets out on a search for those rare shooting stars that make it to the ground instead of burning up in the sky. There aren't many better places to look for these space rocks than Antarctica, often in areas where no human has set foot before.
Is that a cross? A ship with a figurehead? It's only human to wonder what the future will hold, especially on the threshold of a new year. In one German tradition, fortune-seekers drop molten lead into cold water — then it's anyone's guess what the strange shapes portend.
A month after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, killing thousands and destroying many homes, rescue workers are helping the community to rebuild the area and get people back on their feet. But many celebrated this holiday season without gifts or electricity. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Save the Children aid worker Katie Seaborne to get the latest on the rebuilding effort.
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