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Kerry Wraps Up Surprise Visit To Kabul

The secretary of state met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in an effort to break the impasse in talks on a new bilateral security pact. Those negotiations will determine how many, if any, U.S. troops remain in the country after the NATO mission ends next year. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Sean Carberry about the trip.

Powerful Cyclone Barrels Toward India's East Coast

Hundreds of thousands of people took shelter from a massive, powerful cyclone that was expected to reach land in a few hours.

What Did The Arab Spring Cost? One Estimate Says $800 Billion

HSBC says in a new report that GDP in the seven states most affected by the Arab Spring will be 35 percent lower at the end of 2014 than if there had been no Arab Spring. But the damage to those countries is more than to their GDPs alone.

At Global Gathering, Many Worry About U.S. Strength

At the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., many foreign economists and finance ministers are dismayed by the political battles that they say threaten U.S. economic strength and stability.

Syrians React To Peace Prize Winners With Skepticism

Syrians seem unimpressed with this year's Nobel Peace laureate — the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international chemical weapons watchdog that is currently working in Syria to catalogue and destroy the Syrian army's stockpiles of poison gas. In the words of one activist in Damascus, reaction "ranges from pure anger to disillusion to sarcasm to black comedy."

Peace Prize Winners Want To Rid The World Of Chemical Weapons

The Nobel Peace Prize is being awarded this year to chemical weapons inspectors involved in a dangerous mission in Syria. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons is the guardian of the global ban on chemical weapons. The Norwegian Nobel Committee wanted to highlight its work not just in Syria but around the world, as it tries to get rid of an entire class of weapons.

Syrians Are Widely Critical Of Nobel Peace Prize Decision

Many say the award fails to recognize the victims in the country's war. Some even call it a present to President Bashar Assad for agreeing to give up chemical weapons.
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Women Opting Out Of The Workforce

Whether "opting out" of a career track or scaling back job ambitions to raise a family, many women face their biggest challenge when it comes time to opt back into the workforce.


Report: Syrian Rebels Executed Pro-Regime Villagers

Human Rights Watch says that jihadist-led rebels killed and kidnapped hundreds of villagers belonging to the minority Alawite sect.

What You Need To Know About The Group That Won The Nobel

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which won the peace prize Friday, is currently working in Syria to eliminate chemical weapons there. It's also spent years working to destroy the stockpiles in the U.S. and Russia, the countries with the largest arsenals in the world.