At a mass in St. Peter's Square, the pope appealed to political leaders of the world to protect the environment, the poor and the marginalized. Representatives of the world's major religions were present, as well as some 132 delegations from all over the world.
On the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, Renee Montagne talks to Hans Blix, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector, who's mission in Iraq was ended by the invasion. The invasion's aim was to rid Iraq of its stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. But it turns out there were none.
Steve Inskeep talks to Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Palestinian observer to the United Nations, about President Obama's upcoming visit to the Middle East and hopes for the peace process. Last week on Morning Edition, we heard from Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S.
There has been angry reaction in Russia and Cyprus to the E.U.'s proposal to seize nearly 10 percent of large deposits in Cypriot banks, and roughly 7 percent of smaller deposits. That would force Russian oligarchs and ordinary citizens to bear much of the cost of the bank bailout in Cyprus.
Ten years ago Tuesday, the aerial bombardment of Iraq began. It was the opening volley of a U.S.-led invasion that would topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. One of the questions is: Can Iraq's fragile democracy hold, as the region splits along sectarian lines?
Pope Francis is formally inaugurated in a mass in St. Peter's Square Tuesday. Leaders from all over the world are attending. In less than a week, the pope has made himself known to the Catholic world and beyond for his direct and simple words and gestures.
President Obama goes to Israel Wednesday — his first visit there as president. He'll also go to the West Bank. Obama's relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems shaky but many say he can nudge Israel in the direction its politicians fear to go.
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