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Al-Qaida In Yemen: A New Top U.S. Priority

Terrorists are still targeting the U.S., as demonstrated by the news that al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen plotted to blow up a plane headed to the U.S. What's also clear, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports, is just how aggressively the U.S. is targeting the terrorists in Yemen.

Bring On The 'Yabbies': Australia Ditches The Bad British Food

On a recent trip, Weekend Food Commentator Bonny Wolf was taken by surprise by Australia's stunningly diverse cuisine, especially the dizzying array of exotic seafood like yabbies and marron at the Sydney Fish Market.

Largely Unseen, Syria Carries Out Arrest Campaign

The ongoing violence has dominated the headlines from Syria. But monitoring groups say that nonviolent activists and intellectuals are being arrested in growing numbers. Critics say it's an attempt by the Syrian leadership to undermine any potential political negotiations.

Maya Artwork Uncovered In A Guatemalan Forest

Archaeologists have stumbled on a room full of wall paintings and numerical calculations in the buried ninth century city of Xultun. The room was apparently an astronomer's workshop, with calculations painted on the walls counting lunar cycles and predicting eclipses.

Hope Of Syrian Cease-Fire Dwindles

Host Scott Simon talks with Kieran Dwyer, chief spokesman for the United Nations Peace-Keeping Department, about the United Nations mission in Syria and continuing violence there.

British Press Inquiry Sheds Light On P.M.'s Social Circle

For months, the British have been holding a public inquiry into press ethics. The government set this up after a big outcry over the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World. The inquiry is shining a light into the secluded world of the people who run that ancient country, in particular, says NPR's Philip Reeves, the prime minister's social set.

Europe, After The Vote Against Austerity

Voters in France and Germany voted decisively against the EU austerity measures last week, electing a socialist in France and ending a four-decade-old two-party system in Greece. NPR reporters Eleanor Beardsley, Sylvia Poggioli and Eric Westervelt join host Scott Simon to talk about Europe's political and economic landscape one week later.

U.S. Military Mission: Pushing Afghans To Take Lead

The U.S. strategy for leaving Afghanistan calls for U.S. troops to hand off responsibility for security to Afghan forces. The target date is two years away. It's been a slow process so far, with Afghan troops sometimes unwilling, or unable, to assume leadership.

JPMorgan's 'London Whale' Behind Major Losses

Audie Cornish speaks with Bloomberg TV's Wall Street Inside Track correspondent Stephanie Ruhle. She's been reporting on the story of the "London Whale" since last month.