As the civil war continues, a new study says Syria's health care system is near collapse. Outbreaks of disease are on the rise in the country, and refugees sheltered beyond the border are also at great risk.
NPR's Kelly McEvers found herself crying unpredictably during the Arab Spring, when friends were being kidnapped and worse. Why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives to report on conflicts? In a new hourlong radio documentary, she turns the mic on herself to search for an answer.
The president plans to visit privately Saturday with relatives of former South African President Nelson Mandela, but doesn't intend to see the critically ill anti-apartheid activist he has called a "personal hero."
Last year's champion, Bradley Wiggins, is out; Chris Froome is in. There's also a changing of the guard for American riders, foremost among them Tejay van Garderen, 24, who won the white jersey as the Tour's best young rider last year.
Robert Siegel talks with John Matisonn, who was NPR's southern Africa correspondent from 1986 to 1991, about Nelson Mandela's unusually generous departure from power. He served one term, then retired — bucking a trend common among many well-known African leaders.
Brazil wanted this to be their moment in the sun — hosting the World Cup and the Olympics was meant to show the country at its best. Instead, the spotlight is being shone on glaring inequality and a culture that invests in glossy stadiums while displacing its poor.
China's economic growth has been fueled by bank loans that flow freely. But during the latest bout of turmoil, China's central bank indicated that it may no longer lend so quickly and cheaply. The so-called shadow banking sector is of particular concern.
It's a special Africa-themed Barbershop this week. Host Michel Martin checks in with the guys to get their take on President Obama's visit, the culture clash between Africans and African-Americans, and the life of Nelson Mandela.
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