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Kenyans Expect More From U.S. President With African Roots

As President Obama prepares to start another term next week, Morning Edition has asked NPR's foreign correspondents to gauge worldwide expectations for the president's next four years. In Kenya, where pride still runs deep for the president with Kenyan roots, expectations of America's role have shifted from donor aid, to partner in trade.

Algeria Hostage Crisis Stretches Into Another Day

On Thursday, Algerian forces opened fire on Islamists holding dozens of foreigners hostage. The militants, who have been linked to al-Qaida, say they took over the gas facility deep into the Sahara Desert in retaliation for France's attack on Islamic militants in the west African nation of Mali.

Minuscule Parisian Apartment Housed Man For 15 Years

The story of how a man lived in an apartment in Paris that measures less than 17 square feet is being cited as proof of the city's absurd real estate market. A 50-year-old man paid monthly rent of 330 euros, or about $442, for the place he called home for 15 years.

Islamist Rebels Quick To Adjust To French Tactics In Mali

Robert Siegel talks with Alan Boswell, Africa Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, about the fight in Mali between French forces and Islamist militants. Boswell calls Mali the new front line in the war on terror.