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South Asian Rivals Mark Birthdays

NPR's Julie McCarthy reflects on the similar yet different ways in which India and Pakistan are marking their birthdays. Six and a half decades on, the arch-rivals are both having to grapple with the enemy within.

A Former Hostage In Somalia Remembers

Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and a colleague were captured in 2008 while covering the civil war in Somalia and held for ransom. They spent more than a year in captivity before their families paid the kidnappers $1.3 million. Brennan shares his story, the subject of an hourlong broadcast on the National Geographic Channel.

For Romania's Orphans, Adoption Is Still A Rarity

It's been nearly a quarter-century since the world was shocked by the horrible scenes from Romanian orphanages. The worst abuses have been halted and there have been improvements in the system, but it remains a country where large numbers of children are still wards of the state.

WikiLeaks' Assange Demands U.S. Cease 'Witch Hunt'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to make a public appearance Sunday, from the safety of the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

Shop Owners Hope Yogurt Smooths A Path Out Of Greek Recession

Some Greeks are realizing a food staple they've taken for granted might actually be a gold mine. At least 70 shops advertising Greek frozen yogurt have opened in Athens this year to attract tourists smitten with the now-trendy Greek style of yogurt.

Joining WTO, Russian Aims For Brighter Future

Russia is about to join the World Trade Organization, which means the country will have to lower trade barriers and expose Russian companies to more international competition than before. Will Russia follow in the footsteps of China when it entered the WTO and prosper, or will the new affiliation prove to be too much?