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Opposition Wins Major State Vote In Germany

Voters in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine Westphalia, have delivered a major blow to the ruling party, the Christian Democrats, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with Michael Kolz, the chief political reporter for German station Phoenix, about why the results in North Rhine Westphalia matter and what they mean for the left-wing Social Democrats.

In Zimbabwe's Media, It's All About Robert Mugabe

Under an agreement three years ago, Zimbabwe's government was supposed to start easing its grip on the media. But that hasn't happened, and Zimbabweans often resort to listening to foreign broadcasts.

Egyptian Candidate's Broad Appeal Has Risks

In Egypt, a one-time leader of the Muslim Brotherhood is emerging as a leading candidate in this month's presidential election. He's considered a moderate Islamist who appeals to secular and religious Egyptians. But, as we hear from reporter Merrit Kennedy in Cairo, the candidate is walking a tightrope trying to stay true to his agenda.

Al-Qaida Infiltration 'Important' But 'Not Unheard Of'

Host Rachel Martin speaks with former CIA official Philip Mudd about the British undercover agent who helped thwart terrorists and the newest version of the underwear bomb.

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.