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Beijing's Pollution, Seen From Space In Before And After Photos

Pollution around Beijing has been stifling for the past few days. NASA has released a pair of satellite images, showing the extent of the smog from space and how the air has changed in the past couple weeks.

Mali Reacts To Al-Qaeda Advances

Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the ongoing conflict in Mali. The French military launched an offensive to reverse advances made by al-Qaeda linked rebels who gained control of northern Mali.

In War-Torn Aleppo, Old Doors That Reflect A Grand Tradition

Syria's war has badly damaged many parts of Aleppo, an ancient city. But some places are still intact, and above the doorways you can still find the inscriptions of pilgrims who have traveled to the holiest site in Islam.

Pakistan's Latest Political Crisis: Court Orders Arrest Of Prime Minister

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf denies he accepted bribes when he was minister for water and power. The court order comes as Pakistan tries to prepare for elections later this year. There are fears that the military might move to install a "caretaker" government.

U.N. Backs French Military Intervention In Mali

The French military continues its bombing raids in Northern Mali, where extremists, including an al-Qaida affiliate, have taken over. The French have pummeled rebel positions from the air, backing up Mali's beleaguered army on the ground.

How Mali's Conflict Affects Americans

France has intervened in the conflict in the West African nation of Mali, but why does that conflict affect the United States? Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has offered the most basic take on America's interest in Maili: al-Qida is there.

French President's Bold Actions Transform His Image

Francois Hollande seemed diffident in the first months of his presidency, but his recent moves have surprised critics. He has sent French troops into Mali to combat Islamist rebels, and on the domestic front brokered a labor deal after years of union clashes.