The latest Pentagon report to Congress on Afghanistan says the insurgency is still "resilient" and violence in some areas is at the same level as last year. But the Afghan forces are taking the brunt of the casualties now that the U.S. troop presence has decreased and the remaining forces have turned to training the Afghans.
Zimbabweans vote for a new president Wednesday, after a violent and disputed election in 2008 and five anxious and turbulent years since. The vote ends a power-sharing deal between veteran leader Robert Mugabe and his main political rival, who is the top challenger in the presidential race.
Zimbabwe is gearing up for elections this week, and 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe is hoping to continue his grip on power. NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is in Harare for the vote. She joins host Michel Martin to talk more about what's at stake.
The attack was said to have been carried out "with military-like precision" and may have been aided by informants in the prison. The Taliban reportedly used mortars, bombs and rocket-propelled grenades in the assault.
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton visited Mohammed Morsi, who has been detained for nearly a month, and says he is in good health. But it's not clear where Egypt's military is holding the former leader.
Police say more than 250 prisoners were freed from a prison in northwestern Pakistan overnight. The Pakistani Taliban is taking responsibility for the attack. Renee Montagne talks to Sebastian Abbot, the Islamabad bureau chief for The Associated Press, for the latest developments.
A best-selling book and a popular ballad have been written about Sandra Avila Beltran. The so-called Queen of the Pacific is Mexico's best-known female drug boss. She is notorious for her lavish lifestyle and love of cosmetic surgery. And soon she'll be heading home from a U.S. prison after winning her release in a plea deal.
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