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U.S. Troops Wounded In South Sudan Rescue Mission

Four U.S. military personnel have been wounded in South Sudan after their aircraft were fired on during an evacuation mission. NPR's Gregory Warner tells host Arun Rath how the political conflict there is on the edge of full-fledged civil war.

Khodorkovsky, A Free Man After A Decade In Russian Prison

Russia's most famous prisoner, former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was freed Saturday and flown to Germany. Russians are wondering why the former oil magnate asked for a pardon after years of denying guilt.

Once Again, Irish Youth Are Leaving For A Better Life Overseas

Leaders in Dublin have declared that unemployment in Ireland is finally dropping, especially among youth. The reason there are fewer young people looking for jobs, however, is because many have simply left the country.

Billie Jean King Travels With A Message About History

NPR's Scott Simon muses on the inclusion of the former tennis superstar in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. King is a lesbian who was not always open about her sexuality, but both she and American culture have changed since then.

Ukraine Protesters Denounce Russian Cash

For weeks, protesters have been camped out in downtown Kiev, furious that Ukraine's government accepted a bailout loan from Russia and reneged on a promise to take Ukraine out of Russia's orbit and into the future with the European Union. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Anders Aslund of the Peterson Institute about the implications of the loan.

World's Most Popular Film Industry Turns 100

Bright colors, intricate dance sequences, melodramatic plots and great music are hallmarks of India's movie industry, which got its start 100 years ago. NPR's Scott Simon explores the Indian cinema with Rajinder Dudrah, aka Doc. Bollywood.
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An Indian Diplomat's Arrest And The Role Of Diplomatic Immunity

The arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York triggered a diplomatic rift between the U.S. and India. We explore the legal foundation of diplomatic immunity and understand why it can open the door for abuse.


Robert Siegel On Qatar: Tiny Country, Big Influence

Robert Siegel recently returned from a reporting trip to Qatar. He joins Melissa Block to talk about some of the stories he reported while there.

Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill That Includes Life In Prison

Human rights groups and Western governments have criticized the bill since it was first introduced in 2009. Uganda's president must still sign the measure, which has widespread support.

Rebel Leader: Nuns Were Led To Safety, Not Seized, In Syria

Confusion has surrounded the departure of a group of Greek Orthodox nuns from a convent north of Damascus earlier this month. Syrian officials say radical Islamist rebels kidnapped the nuns at gunpoint. But a rebel leader who was there says the nuns' convent was under fire from government forces.