This coming week, the U.S. Agency for International Development plans to announce a new monitoring program that is designed to keep track of the aid dollars being spent in Afghanistan. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Larry Sampler, head of USAID programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Al-Qaida's central leadership has cut ties with the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria, or ISIS. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Jessica Stern, author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, about what this split tells us about the future of al-Qaida.
Humanitarian workers continue to try to evacuate civilians from the besieged Syrian city of Homs as negotiators in Geneva prepare for the next round of peace talks. NPR's Rachel Martin gets the latest from reporter Alice Fordham in Geneva.
Some call Tim Walsh the disaster garbage man, but he prefers waste management specialist. After major natural disasters, the Briton comes to clean up and put people to work. Amid destruction he's seen from Indonesia to the Philippines, he's learned that there's opportunity, and hope, even in a dump.
The Winter Olympics are here, and Russian President Vladimir Putin's government has committed massive resources to make this a shining moment for modern Russia. But for months, controversy over Russia's "anti-gay propaganda" law has loomed. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Svetlana Zakharova, an activist with the Russian LGBT Network, and Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic magazine.
The day after the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, in the heart of the Olympic Park, visitors were upbeat. And all the controversies of previous days — stray dogs and unfinished digs — seemed to fall away.
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