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Snapshots Of Summer In Russia

In Russia, where it's cold and dark for much of the year, summer is a magical time.

Violence In Syria Is As Bad As, Or Worse Than, Before Cease-Fire, U.N. Says

The peace plan clearly isn't being implemented, says the U.N.'s deputy envoy for Syria, Jean-Marie Guehenno. Meanwhile, the U.N. says most evidence points at the Assad regime for last month's massacre in Houla.

Sign Of Peace: Queen Elizabeth Shakes Hand Of Former IRA Commander

When Queen Elizabeth II met Martin McGuinness today in Belfast, it underscored how much has changed since the long conflict that claimed more than 3,500 lives.

Beyonce's Daughter Named Honorary Citizen Of Hvar

Off the coast of Croatia is the island of Hvar. Officials there have given honorary citizenship to Blue Ivy, the daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z. Her name was inspired by a tree, covered in Blue Ivy at a resort on the island. The mayor says the publicity has been great for tourism.

Can There Be Shared Power In Egypt?

The victory of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate in Egypt's presidential election has Mideast analyst Aaron David Miller reflecting on that country's revolution last year. For two decades, he advised six secretaries of state on U.S. policy toward the Middle East. Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep asked Miller if the shift in Egyptian politics resulted in any real change.

Islamist President Faces Balancing Act In Egypt

President-elect Mohammed Morsi will first try to get back some of the presidential power now held by the military. At the same time, he's trying to reassure Egyptians that he is not fashioning and all Islamist cabinet.

President Assad Declares Syria In A State Of War

Over the past 24 hours, the Syrian regime has engaged in escalating fighting with rebel fighters, who took on an elite unit of the army and attacked a pro-Assad television station.