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Pretend Leaders Excite Palestinians' Democratic Spirit

Palestinians picked a new president this week — on a reality show, that is. Meanwhile, the real political leadership in the West Bank is in disarray, even as Secretary of State John Kerry works to restart peace negotiations.

Kabul Postcard: Newly Paved Sidewalks, A Lion On The Roof

The Afghan capital is changing so rapidly that NPR's Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry noticed a host of changes after being away for just a month.

3 Things To Know About Edward Snowden's Passenger Purgatory

From who holds the record for longest time in legal limbo to the odd circumstances surrounding a traveler's status in a transit zone, here are a few things we find interesting.
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College Student From Maryland Andrew Pochter Killed In Egypt

An Ohio college student from Chevy Chase, Md. was killed in Egypt during a clash between government supporters and opponents.


Bird On Rare Visit To U.K. Killed As Dismayed Twitchers Watch

When a white-throated needletail was spotted off the northwest coast of Scotland, dozens of enthusiasts rushed to the area. "Twitchers" is British slang for those who have a passion for spotting hard-to-find birds. But their joy turned to grief when the little bird from Asia hit a wind turbine.

American Killed At Protest In Egypt ID'd As Kenyon Student

Andrew Pochter, 21, was from Chevy Chase, Md. He was in Egypt to teach English to children. It appears he was attacked on Friday while watching an anti-government protest in Alexandria.

Mandela Is 'Inspiration To The World,' Obama Says

Using Mandela's clan name, by which the anti-apartheid hero is affectionately known, Obama hailed Madiba's "moral courage." Mandela, whose 95th birthday is less than three weeks away, is in critical condition with a lung infection. Obama is on a previously scheduled visit to South Africa.

As Doctors Leave Syria, Public Health Crisis Looms

As the civil war continues, a new study says Syria's health care system is near collapse. Outbreaks of disease are on the rise in the country, and refugees sheltered beyond the border are also at great risk.

War Correspondent's Unflinching 'Diary Of A Very Bad Year'

NPR's Kelly McEvers found herself crying unpredictably during the Arab Spring, when friends were being kidnapped and worse. Why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives to report on conflicts? In a new hourlong radio documentary, she turns the mic on herself to search for an answer.

Obama Will Not Meet With Critically Ill Mandela

The president plans to visit privately Saturday with relatives of former South African President Nelson Mandela, but doesn't intend to see the critically ill anti-apartheid activist he has called a "personal hero."