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El Salvador Upholds Abortion Rules In Highly Charged Case

Melissa Block speaks with New York Times reporter Karla Zabludovsky about El Salvador's national policy restricting abortions under any circumstances — a decision that puts one 22-year-old at particularly high risk.

Father Of Chechen Killed In Florida Says His Son Was Executed

Abdul-Baki Todashev says Ibragim Todashev, who was being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston bombing suspects, was "100 percent unarmed" and that the FBI killed him execution-style.

Four Men In A Small Boat Face The Northwest Passage

The crew hopes to be the first to row through the fabled Northwest Passage in one season aboard a custom-built 23-foot boat.

As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Forces Scale Back Afghan Goals

The 12-year U.S. military effort in Afghanistan has sought to drive out extremists and help Afghans rebuild their country. As the American forces prepare to withdraw, the focus is on practical security measures and those ambitious nation-building goals seem to be fading away.

As Hezbollah Vows Support, The New Calculus In Syria

The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah made a public commitment to support Syria's president in a fight to the end. Hezbollah's involvement raises serious questions about the future of Syrian rebels, and whether the civil war could spill into other countries in the Middle East.

Bahrain Blogger Comes Out Of Hiding

When the crackdown against pro-democracy protests started in Bahrain, blogger and online activist Ali Abdulemam went into hiding. He was later tried in absentia by a military court for plotting against the regime. Host Michel Martin speaks to Abdulemam about his escape from Bahrain, and how he now feels about his country.
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Friday News Roundup - International

A U.S. drone kills Pakistan's number two Taliban leader. Syria says it has received the first shipment of Russian missiles. And a Chinese firm agrees to buy the world's largest pork producer.


Assad Says Russian Missiles Have Arrived in Syria

President Bashar Assad says his military has taken delivery of some Russian anti-aircraft missiles. Meanwhile, there are reports that leaders of the opposition say they won't attend peace talks until Assad's forces lift a siege.

Even Terrorists Have To Fill Out Expense Reports

A scathing performance review of an al-Qaida employee offers another reminder of how bureaucratic large, illicit organizations can be. News reports have shown that even drug traffickers keep receipts.