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Russians Vote Amid Calls Of Fraud

Russians go to the polls on Sunday to elect their next president. It will most likely be their previous president, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The election has exposed social rifts and provoked popular opposition not seen in decades. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Corey Flintoff.

Voting Is Victory, At Least For Rebel Chinese Village

In southern China, a village that rebelled against corrupt Communist officials has gone to the polls. Reformers hope the elections could become a model for grassroots democracy, but others fear they're just a high-profile exception.

Israelis Face Off Over Orthodox Military Exemption

Most Israelis are compelled to serve in the military, but ultra-Orthodox Jews were exempt until last Tuesday, when the country's Supreme Court struck down that controversial law. As tempers flare, many are asking what part the ultra-Orthodox should play in the Jewish state.

Week In News: Romney Wins Energize Campaign

Mitt Romney walked away with two wins this week in Arizona and Michigan. A win in Ohio on Super Tuesday could finally give the former Massachusetts governor the status as the clear front-runner for the Republican party. Yet some senior conservatives are concerned all of their candidates could be in trouble with the controversial statements made by Rush Limbaugh this week. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page about these and other news stories from the week.

Russia Tense On Eve Of Presidential Vote

Russia holds presidential elections Sunday. Former president and current prime minister Vladimir Putin is the projected favorite, despite the new strings of protests against him. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Jacki Lyden talks with Russian writer Boris Akunin about how these elections in Russia are much different than past. Also, NPR's Martha Wexler reports from Moscow the night before the elections.

Red Cross Restricted As Killing Continues In Syria

The Syrian government continued shelling the city of Homs overnight. The latest United Nations report estimates 7,500 people have been killed since unrest began nearly a year ago. The government has also continued to refuse entry to the International Committee of the Red Cross. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.