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Violence In Europe Leaves People Fearful

The brutal murder of a soldier in London, and riots in Sweden's capital, Stockholm, have people feeling uneasy in surrounding European communities. To find out more, host Michel Martin talks with NPR's Europe correspondent Phil Reeves, and Mehdi Hasan, political director of The Huffington Post United Kingdom.

Does Canada's $100 Bill Smell Like Maple Syrup? Many Say So

After a new version of the bill was introduced in 2011, the Bank of Canada heard from dozens of people who were convinced that it included a maple-scented scratch-and-sniff patch. The bank says it didn't do that. But imagine: What might be a good scent for U.S. bills?

Baby Is Rescued From Building's Sewage Pipe In China

An abandoned baby boy was rescued from a sewage pipe in China after becoming lodged in an apartment building's public toilet system Firefighters called to the scene cut out a portion of pipe containing the boy. That section was then rushed to the hospital, where the baby was carefully removed.

Report: An Angry Russia Will Deliver Missiles To Syria

Though the European Union is lifting its embargo, EU nations say they do not now have plans to send arms to those fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Still, Russia is critical of the decision and says it will follow through on plans to send additional arms to Assad's military.

In Damascus, A View Of Syria's War Turned Inside Out

There's fear and frustration in the capital, but even people who acknowledge Assad's flaws often grimly hope for the rebels to go away: They believe the government's description of the rebels as terrorists and foreigners out to destroy the country.

EU To End Arms Embargo On Syrian Opposition

But Britain has "no immediate plans to send arms to Syria," says Foreign Secretary William Hague. The EU will continue its sanctions against Bashar Assad's government, which had been set to expire on June 1, Hague said.

Turkish Parliament Tamps Down On Alcohol Sales

Robert Siegel talks with Hugh Pope, the Turkey/Cyprus project director for the International Crisis Group, about the Turkish parliament's passage of a law that restricts the sale of alcohol.