Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is scheduled to make a one-day visit to India on Sunday, April 8. It's the first visit by a Pakistani president since 2005. However Zardari's trip is being described as a personal visit in an attempt to keep expectations low and to allow both sides room to avoid confronting difficult issues, such as Indian demands that Pakistan do more to fight terrorism. Elliot Hannon reports from New Delhi.
If it's not already marked on your calendar, here's your warning: Today is International Pillow Fight Day. Cities around the world are taking the holiday seriously — as serious as a pillow fight can be, anyway.
An iPhone and iPad were worth more to a Chinese teenager than his kidney, according to a report Friday from China's Xinhua news agency. Now five people in southern China face charges of illegal organ trading.
With an agreed cease-fire deadline fast approaching, violence across Syria appears to be escalating; hundreds of people have reportedly been killed in the past few days. As NPR's Grant Clark reports, there's much international skepticism that a peace plan for Syria will get off the ground next week.
What's the situation facing the United Nations team on the ground in Syria this weekend? Host Scott Simon talks with Peter Harling, Middle East project director of the International Crisis Group, who's in and out of Syria frequently.
This week, U.S. Marines landed in northern Australia. Just 200 Marines, but they're the first wave of a deployment that will eventually increase to 2,500. The Chinese military has expressed disapproval. Host Scott Simon is joined by the U.S. ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich.
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