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Dissident's Death Stirs A Drama In Cuba

Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya was killed in a car crash last month. Witnesses say it was an accident. But the government is using the case for propaganda purposes, Paya's family suspects a government conspiracy, and a Spanish activist has been jailed.

In Syria, Factions Gain Strength Amid Chaos

Syria's civil war erupted again on Monday, just one day after the U.N. ended its monitoring mission in the country. Reporter Jon Lee Anderson joins NPR's John Donvan to discuss the different factions that are rising up amid the current confusion.

On Chinese Beaches, The Face-Kini Is In Fashion

In China, it's the height of beach season for Qingdao's huge Huiquan Beach. But while many visitors want to enjoy the sand and water, they're not so wild about sunbathing. So they often rely on a local tradition: the face-kini.

Walking Into Syria: A Reporter's Visit To Where Rebels Are 'Running The Show'

Near the Turkish town of Kilis, it's now possible for a reporter to cross into Syria. On Sunday night, NPR's Deborah Amos visited a Free Syrian stronghold where families who have fled fighting were celebrating the end of Ramadan.

South African Pop Star Finishes High School At 60

Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse's musical career brought him success and celebrity in South Africa. But he quit school at the age of 16 to launch his music career, and he always felt there was something missing. He tells guest host Viviana Hurtado why he decided to go back to school.

What The Future Holds For The 'Kids Of Kabul'

Afghanistan's decade-long insurgency has largely been fought by men. But in 2011, author Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to ask, how do Afghanistan's children see their future? She tries to answer that question in her recently released book, Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War. Ellis speaks with guest host Viviana Hurtado.

Hundreds Of Christians Hiding In Pakistan After Girl's Arrest

The girl, said to be as young as 11, allegedly burned some Muslim religious verses. Her supporters say she has Down Syndrome. Now, others in the small Christian community fear for their safety.