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For And Against Putin, Russians Share Their Opinions

A week before Russia's presidential election, we hear a sampling of opinion from citizens traveling to and from Moscow from around Russia's vast territory. NPR's Corey Flintoff caught up with them at three train stations and asked them what their lives have been like under 12 year's of Vladimir Putin's rule and why they will or will not vote to return him to the presidency.

Vote In Senegal Threatens Democratic Reputation

Senegalese vote Sunday to elect their next president. It follows weeks of violent protests over incumbent President Aboulaye Wade's effort to seek a third term. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the latest developments.

NGOs On Trial In Egypt

The trial of more than 40 foreigners involved in democracy-building and civil society projects in Egypt begins Sunday in Cairo. The foreigners face a long list of charges, all of which they have denied. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

Syria On The Brink Of Civil War?

Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker traveled through Syria recently, speaking with government officials, rebel officers, Syrian soldiers, businessmen and civilians. Host Rachel Martin talks with Anderson about what he found.

Syrians Head To The Polls, Violence Continues

Syrians vote on a new draft constitution Sunday though the opposition has called for a boycott. Violence has been reported across the country. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Peter Kenyon about the latest on the bombardment of Homs and other developments in Syria.

Will France's First Lady Be Able To Seduce Voters?

Carla Bruni Sarkozy is breaking tradition by stumping for her husband, French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The supermodel-turned-pop singer is considered an asset for her husband, who has an uphill battle for re-election this spring.

A Lonely Winter For Berlusconi

Earlier today, a court ended a corruption trial against Silvio Berlusconi. But that's not the end of the road for the former prime minister, he still faces charges that he paid an underage teenager for sex. Friends of Berlusconi say that he is lonely and increasingly isolated. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks to writer Philip Delves Broughton who got unprecedented access to Silvio Berlusconi in Rome and wrote about the interview for The Atlantic.