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A Small Farming Town Becomes Ground Zero In Syria's War

Syria's army has retaken the key crossroads town of Qusair after heavy fighting with rebels. NPR's Rima Marrouch, who was a regular visitor before the war, explains how the Christian-Muslim town became a sectarian battleground.
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Daniel Silva: "The English Girl"

The latest spy novel by best-selling novelist Daniel Silva. Character Gabriel Allon, an Israeli intelligence officer, is thrust into a game of shadows when a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica.

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A Foreign Policy Shakeup At The White House

In a major shakeup, the White House has announced it will appoint Susan Rice as national security adviser and Samantha Power as U.N. ambassador. We explore the new dynamics each woman brings to her post and to U.S. foreign policy.


Egyptian Court Verdict Complicates Relations With Washington

The State Department and several U.S. pro-democracy organizations have reacted strongly to a Cairo court ruling Tuesday. More than 40 foreign and local NGO workers were sentenced to prison for operating without a license. The ruling will likely spur calls in Congress for retaliation.

Examining Iraq's Latest Upsurge In Violence

Sectarian violence has flared in Iraq, a year and a half after the departure of American forces. The U.N. reported that more than 1,000 people were killed there in May, the deadliest violence since the height of the insurgency during the U.S. occupation. For more on what's causing the chaos, Linda Wertheimer talks with Joost Hiltermann, an Iraq expert with the International Crisis Group.

Army Sgt. To Plead Guilty In Afghan Village Attack

Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales will be in military court Wednesday. Bales is pleading guilty to murder charges in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. He is expected to give his account of the night-time killing of 16 Afghan civilians last year.

Quelle Surprise! Federer Out At French Open

Renee Montagne talks to Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated about the second week of the French Open tennis tournament. In quarterfinal action Tuesday, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated veteran champ Roger Federer in straight sets.

Syrian Government Troops Take Back Qusair

Syrian State TV says Qusair, which has been under siege for more than two weeks, is now in the hands of government forces. The city is on a critical cross-border supply route between Lebanon and Syria.

Beer Fridge Blamed For Cellphone Network Blackout

Engineers for Australian cellphone provider Telstra say they recently found what was disrupting the mobile data network in several neighborhoods: a man's beer fridge. Technicians say an electric spark in the motor evidently created enough radio frequency noise to interfere with the network.

Court's Ruling Could Prove Difficult for U.S.-Egyptian Relations

An Egyptian court has convicted 43 foreigners (including Americans) and Egyptians of working illegally in the country. All were employed by NGOs. In Tuesday's court session, most were sentenced to prison time. The ruling could further strain Cairo's relations with the U.S. and other Western countries. A new law on NGOs is working its way through parliament despite sharp criticism from human rights groups. NPR's Leila Fadel reports.