Authorities have searched the home of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France. There are allegations that his 2007 campaign received illegal contributions from France's richest woman, a L'Oreal cosmetics heiress. Sarkozy denies the allegations although he is not under official investigation now.
The U.S. has announced that Pakistan has agreed to reopen its land routes to NATO convoys heading into Afghanistan. The agreement came after Washington again expressed regret for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers who were killed in an errant American air strike last November.
Spokesmen for the rebel Free Syrian Army say the war has reached a crucial stage. Defections of government soldiers are increasing and have weakened the Syrian army. The rebels also say more arms are flowing to their side from other Gulf states. Many of those shipments are intended for Islamist factions within the rebel movement. Deborah Amos talks to Robert Siegel.
A new report from Human Rights Watch argues that Syria is running an organized system of torture. The report is based on interviews with more than 200 victims. Melissa Block speaks with Nadim Houry, the Beirut researcher for Human Rights Watch, about the report.
The watchdog group says interviews with hundreds of former detainees and defectors show that an "archipelago of torture centers" has been created. Opponents of the Assad regime report being beaten, sexually assaulted and subjected to mock executions.
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