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A Chat With A Radical Fighter In Syria

Islamist fighters have been playing a larger role in the Syrian conflict, and the most prominent single group is Jabhat al-Nusra. One of its fighters sat down with NPR and spoke about the group.

When Insects Go Biblical: Swarms Head Toward Israel

A plague of locusts has recently moved from the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Larry Abramson about the swarms that have arrived just a few weeks ahead of the Passover holiday.

From The U.S., Watching Syria's Slow And Brutal Spiral

Host Scott Simon talks to Muna Jondy, a Syrian-American immigration lawyer living in Flint, Mich., about experiencing the revolution from the U.S.

Syrian-Americans Contribute To Rebels' Cause

Some Syrians in the U.S. are wracked with guilt that they can't do more to help their countrymen. Others are taking action. One Syrian-American gun enthusiast is doing his part to arm and train the rebels, and a Syrian doctor hopes to help train civilian doctors in conflict zones on trauma medicine. (This piece initially aired March 5, 2013 on All Things Considered.)

Unrest Boils As Egyptian Court Confirms Death Sentences

An Egyptian court upheld death sentences for 21 people for their role in a deadly soccer riot in Port Said. Saturday's verdict comes amid a continuing political crisis that deepened this week when another Egyptian court cancelled planned parliamentary elections for next month. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Leila Fadel.

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.