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Russian Lawmakers Pass Bill To Bar U.S. Adoptions

In a tit-for-tat measure, Russia's parliament has approved a bill to ban adoptions of Russian children by American citizens. President Putin has not said whether he will sign the bill, though he has voiced support for the measure. The move is in retaliation for a U.S. law that sanctions Russians accused of human rights abuses. Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Corey Flintoff about the ban.

Head Of Military Police Defects To Syrian Opposition

Twenty Syrian civilians were killed in an army attack in the northeast on Wednesday. The latest bloodshed came as the general in charge of Syria's military police force announced his defection to the rebels.

Brazil's Drug Epidemic: Welcome To 'Crackland'

Crack has been in Brazil since the 1990s, but the drug has exploded in the past six years. The government has poured billions into a prevention and treatment program, but officials are still trying to figure out the best way to combat the epidemic.

Syria's War Leaves Its Scars On The Children

Many Syrian children have lost family members and are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Even those who have fled into neighboring Turkey have not been able to leave the trauma behind.

Despite Protests, Egypt Has A New Constitution

After weeks of protests and intermittent violence, Egypt officially has a new constitution. Election officials say the Islamist-backed constitution passed a referendum with nearly 64 percent in favor. Secularists fear the charter would usher in Islamic rule and restrict freedoms.