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Arab-American Comedienne: No Apology For Jokes

Maysoon Zayid is a Palestinian Muslim with cerebral palsy. She's turned that identity into a tool for laughter, performing stand-up around the world. She says she doesn't apologize to anyone for her very political and personal jokes. Host Michel Martin talks to Zayid about her comedy and a program she runs in the West Bank.

From A Life Of Crime To Designing Jewelry, All In A Nairobi Slum

Zakale Creations is a jewelry-designing operation that employs 30 young people — former thieves and prostitutes. The Nairobi-based operation is the brainchild of John Mucheru, himself a former mugger.
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Friday News Roundup - International

More than 100 nations now back the Syrian rebel coalition. Tensions remain high in Egypt ahead of a draft Constitution referendum. And the European Union wins the Nobel Prize for Peace. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


Nurse Who Fell Victim To Royal Hoax Was Found Hanged, Authorities Say

Jacintha Saldanha was found dead last week. She answered the phone when two Australian radio hosts called a London hospital. They pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, and got another nurse to divulge details about the Dutchess of Cambridge. The hoax was a huge embarrassment.

Diplomatic Shift? Russia Acknowledges Assad May Be On Way Out

For the first time, a top Russian diplomat has said that the Syrian president may be toppled. Coming from a country that has been among Assad's strongest supporters, the words are significant, analysts say.

Constitution Vote Won't End Egypt's Crisis

Issandr El Amrani, who runs "The Arabist" blog, talks to Renee Montagne about the latest twists and turns in Egypt's constitutional struggle.

Egypt's Constitution Would Elevate Sharia Law

Critics say Egypt's draft constitution which was drawn up and approved by Islamists doesn't represent all Egyptians. They say the draft gives key Islamic scholars too much power on a broad range of legislative issues, but it's still unclear what that would mean in practice.

Don't Pass The Dutchie: Amsterdam Bans Pot From Schools, Playgrounds

Technically, smoking marijuana was never allowed in or around schools, but there was no official way to fully implement the policy – until now. Starting Jan. 1, schools and playgrounds will be deemed "no toking zones" and those who disobey the new ruling face being fined by the police.