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In Iran, Hardliners Mark Embassy Anniversary With Anti-U.S. Rally

Monday marks the 34th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when 52 Americans were taken hostage and spent 444 days in captivity. As they do every year, Iranian hardliners took to the streets by the thousands and chanted anti-American slogans. The annual display of hostility was given fresh emphasis by Iranian hardliners as it comes as Iran's new government tries to sustain momentum for a delicate diplomatic outreach over Iran's nuclear program.

Trial Of Ousted President Morsi Gets Off To A Hectic Start In Egypt

There were chaotic scenes in a Cairo courtroom Monday at the start of the trial of former president Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader who was ousted by the military in July.
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Lawmakers And Regulators Take A Closer Look At Bitcoin

The Senate Homeland Security Committee hears testimony on the economic benefits of Bitcoin. Critics argue it provides a safe haven for drug traffickers and other criminals. Diane and her guests discuss new questions about the digital currency Bitcoin.


From Sulking To Sanctions, A Street-Level View Of Life In Iran

Journalist Hooman Majd's new book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, was inspired by the year he and his young American family spent in Tehran, where Majd was born. He tells Fresh Air about the country's long-standing tradition of sulking, and what sets Tehran apart from most other Islamic metropolises.

Racism Mars Russian Sports In Advance Of World Competitions

Russian sports fans have been involved in several violent or racist episodes recently as the country prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup.

China Sets Ambitious Agenda In 'Asian Space Race'

India launched its Mars mission on Tuesday. But China is still leading what some see as a space competition among Asian countries. It has worked on a lunar rover, a space station as well as its own unmanned mission to Mars.

Syrian Humanitarian Crisis As Bad As Rwanda?

The U.S. says the Syrian humanitarian crisis is spiraling out of control. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State.

Kenya Charges Four With Aiding Terrorism In Mall Assault

In Nairobi, four men are facing charges that include harboring terrorists who conducted an attack that left at least 67 people dead in September. The formal charges are the first filed over the assault and standoff at Nairobi's Westgate Mall.

For Many Iranians, 'Death To America' Are Just Words

On this 34th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, the chants were familiar. But many of those who were shouting say they actually want to see Iran and the U.S. repair their fractured relations.

Monday Political Mix: A Congressman Comes Out

The Senate is scheduled to take a key vote on a bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity... a congressman running to be Maine's governor comes out... Romney accuses Obama of dishonesty.