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Pakistanis Vote, Braving Violent Attacks

Pakistanis go to the polls Saturday in parliamentary elections after one of the bloodiest campaigns in the nation's history. In the early hours, there were already reports of bombings. NPR's Julie McCarthy tells host Scott Simon that militants killed dozens during the pre-election campaign, forcing the cancellation of many political rallies around the country.

Genocide Conviction In Guatemala Is 'Huge Breakthrough'

Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of ordering more than 1,700 people's deaths. His conviction is a boost for those who push for respect for human rights in the region.

Media Focus On Ailing Mandela Is Not 'The African Way'

The extensive coverage of Nelson Mandela's fading health has sparked intense debate in South Africa. Many say the African way views the twilight years as a final journey, a time of peace and respect, and that journalists should be more sensitive.

To Count Elephants In The Forest, Watch Where You Step

To know how elephants are faring, they need to be counted. But how do you count them when they're hidden under thick forest canopies? A conservationist in the 1980s started to count their poop, and that helped to create a model of elephants' numbers and movement through the forest.

Tiny Mites Spark Big Battle Over Imports Of French Cheese

Microscopic bugs called cheese mites are responsible for the distinctive rind and flavor of the bright orange French cheese Mimolette. But now, the FDA has blocked more than a ton of Mimolette from entering the country, because the agency says the mites left on it make it unfit for consumption.

How Swedish Malort Became Chicago's Mascot Bitter Drink

After Swedish immigrants moved out of the city, the traditional Swedish spirit was adopted by different ethnic groups. Bartenders eventually rediscovered the bitter spirit, too, and have helped to fuel its revival in Chicago.

White House Denies Any 'Substantive' Edits To Benghazi Memo

White House press secretary Jay Carney says the only changes to the talking points used by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice were to wording describing the Benghazi mission.
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Qais Akbar Omar: "A Fort Of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story"

A memoir of growing up in Afghanistan. The journey one family takes as they attempt to flee decades of violence and find hope in their homeland.

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Ongoing Controversy Over The Deadly Attack In Benghazi

Republicans call for further investigation into the deadly Benghazi attack: Questions about the administration’s response and what’s behind the ongoing controversy.