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Will French Election Mark A Reversal Of Austerity?

The possibility that French Socialist Francois Hollande may unseat President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's election is making waves. Hollande's promise to boost growth and job creation would mark a change from the fiscal austerity pact championed by Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel.

In Turn, Chinese Activist Wants To Leave Country

U.S. officials in China say it's now clear that the Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has changed his mind about remaining in China. They say they have spoken to Chen by phone on two occasions at the hospital where he was taken after leaving the U.S. embassy in Beijing on Wednesday. Chen told NPR that threats against his family and reports of an increased security measures in his home village made him change his mind about staying in China.

Former Ambassador Weighs In On Chen Guangcheng

Robert Siegel talks to former Senator and Ambassador James Sasser about the situation involving Chen Guangcheng and the implications for the U.S. government. Sasser was U.S. Ambassador to China from 1995 to 1999. He is currently a vice-chairman of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, which promotes cooperation between the two countries.

Syrian Government Forces Raid University Campus

At least four students were killed Wednesday night at a university in Syria's largest city. The deaths came as security forces raided several dormitories after students went out of mass anti-government protests on Wednesday. At least 50 people and as many as 200 were rounded up and arrested. One component of the U.N.-brokered peace plan that was supposed to into affect more than two weeks ago is that Syrians be allowed to demonstrate. Authorities have since closed the university until further notice.

Portrait Of Bin Laden Emerges In Released Papers

On Thursday, the Army's Combating Terrorism Center at West Point released nearly 200 pages of documents that had been taken from Osama bin Laden's hideaway in Pakistan. The documents were seized by Navy SEALs the night bin Laden was killed. The U.S. government turned a small sample over to the West Point center for analysis. The documents offer a glimpse of bin Laden trying to run al-Qaida while in hiding. Dina Temple-Raston speaks with host Audie Cornish about what the papers reveal about bin Laden.