Three months ago in Afghanistan, U.S. officials yielded to the demands of President Hamid Karzai and promised to turn over control of the prison at Bagram airbase to Afghan control. But as the process gets underway, neither side seems to agree on the details. There are worries the Americans may have created a Guantanamo-style administrative detention regime that is against Afghan law.
Syria's president gave his first public speech in five months Sunday. Bashar Assad told the Syrian parliament that his government was not responsible for the massacre in Houla last month that killed more than 100 people, nearly half of them children.
An NPR team begins a series of reports from North Africa, where last year's revolutions have Tunisia, Libya and Egypt writing new rules for their changing societies. The Revolutionary Road Trip starts with a look at how Tunisians can now express themselves — and the new restrictions that have emerged.
With its step-by-step return to Asia, the U.S. is looking for ways to send a message to China without picking a fight. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is visiting the region, emphasizing that the U.S. is back but with a much lighter touch. In Vietnam, he's hoping to build stronger defense ties.
Syrian President Bashar Assad gave a televised speech to parliament Sunday in which he denied his government had any involvement in last week's massacre in the town of Houla. More than 100 people, including children, were killed in the town.
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