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Sniffing Out Bombs In Afghanistan: A Job That's Gone To The Dogs

Highly trained dogs are part of the U.S. military's fight against improvised explosive devices, which are the No. 1 killer of civilians and troops in Afghanistan. The dogs can search places that high-tech equipment simply can't.

In Ancient Aleppo, Plotting The Future

In a rare test of democracy, a soft-spoken, 31-year-old aid worker won a seat on the Aleppo provincial council in a vote held on March 3 in neighboring Turkey. Abdul Rahman Kahir won top votes for his work organizing aid distributions in the Syrian city.

Venezuela Sets Date To Elect Chavez's Successor

Venezuela's elections commission announced Saturday that voters will go to the polls on April 14. Henrique Capriles, who opposed Chavez in the last election, is expected to face interim leader Nicolas Maduro.

What Will Be Hugo Chavez's Legacy?

Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden takes a look at the legacy of Hugo Chavez, the longtime president of Venezuela who died this week. Argentine journalist Andres Oppenheimer, a syndicated columnist for The Miami Herald, compares Chavez to former Argentine President Juan Peron, while Professor Eduardo Gamarra from Florida International University thinks Chavez came pretty close to continuing the work of Venezuelan revolutionary leader Simon Bolivar. Rory Carroll, a correspondent for The Guardian, recounts his memories of Chavez, who he profiled in his new book, Comandante: Hugo Chavez's Venezuela.

How Kenya's High-Tech Voting Nearly Lost The Election

It was supposed to be the most modern election in African history. Biometric identification kits, computerized registration rolls and an SMS transmission of results. It all went spectacularly wrong.

A Chat With A Radical Fighter In Syria

Islamist fighters have been playing a larger role in the Syrian conflict, and the most prominent single group is Jabhat al-Nusra. One of its fighters sat down with NPR and spoke about the group.

When Insects Go Biblical: Swarms Head Toward Israel

A plague of locusts has recently moved from the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Larry Abramson about the swarms that have arrived just a few weeks ahead of the Passover holiday.