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Splinters From Syria Reach Iraqi Kurds

A regional conference in northern Iraq, under way now, is highlighting the shifts and maneuvers set in motion by the Syrian conflict. Alice Fordham reports on the conference from Iraqi Kurdistan.

Kremlin Tells Reporters Not To Believe Their Eyes In Crimea

Russian President Putin says that there are no extra Russian troops in Crimea — but that claim is being disputed by officials and journalists, who speak of soldiers fanning out across the peninsula.

Kerry And Russian Diplomat Talk Crimea In Paris

Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in the first direct high-level meeting between the U.S. and Russia since Russia sent troops into Crimea.

The Baltics Eye Crimea Closely, Concerned Over Russian Intentions

Baltic states are growing increasingly nervous as they watch Russia's aggressive actions in nearby Ukraine. Lithuanian ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis reflects on the implications of recent events.

India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote

More than 800 million people are eligible to cast ballots to choose a new lower house of Parliament. The vote, which observers call a defining moment for India, will start April 7 and last nine days.

Israel Says It's Seized Iranian Arms Shipment Bound For Gaza

The Israeli military said the shipment included advanced rockets that were of the type used to target civilians.

Putin Reportedly Joins List Of Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

The Nobel committee says 278 people or institutions have been nominated for this year's prize. That's a record. Russia's leader is said to be among them. So is "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden.

Automakers Eye Laser Lights To Let Drivers See Farther At Night

BMW has started making a car with optional laser headlights, which are brighter and more energy-efficient than even LED lights. Laser technology could also end up in street lights and projectors.
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Pop Culture And The American Image

As the U.S. has cut its public diplomacy programs, cultural critics say Hollywood -- and the distorted image it exports -– has become the de facto U.S. ambassador. We talk to cultural critic and author Martha Bayles about how our pop culture affects how Americans are perceived in foreign countries, and learn how those on the front lines of public diplomacy can alter that image.


China To Boost Defense Spending Amid Regional Tensions

Beijing has proposed increasing its military outlays by 12.2 percent due in part to what one official called "severe security challenges."