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Pope News Leaks From Factious Conclave

Host Scott Simon talks with reporter and author John Thavis about the divisions among cardinals voting at the conclave to select a new pope for the Catholic Church. Thavis is the author of The Vatican Diaries.

Venezuela Remembers Chavez, Inaugurates His Ally

Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Juan Forero about Venezuela's mourning period for its late president, Hugo Chavez.

Venezuelan Oil Subsidies Still Buoy Neighbors, For Now

Late President Hugo Chavez helped out ideological peers in Latin America, as well as key U.S. allies in the Caribbean. But with Venezuela's own financial challenges and an upcoming presidential election, many of those countries are worried their vital oil lifeline is about to be shut off.

A Big Battle Over A Tiny Isle In The Nile

The 70-acre patch of agricultural land is prime real estate next to Cairo, and it has been the subject of a long fight over ownership.

How Credible Are North Korea's Threats?

North Korea has been ratcheting up the rhetoric against South Korea and the United States. Analysts say the secretive nature of the country make it difficult to judge its intentions and capabilities, however.

With Hagel In Afghanistan, Explosion Hits Near Defense Ministry

A bomb exploded near the Defense Ministry in Kabul Saturday morning as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is visiting in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility, calling it a message to the new Pentagon chief.