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'Shadow War' Between Israel And Iran Creeps Wider

Almost immediately after a bomb killed several Israeli tourists and wounded more than 30 on a Bulgarian bus this week, Israel blamed Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah. It's the latest salvo in a dispute that's simmered since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Ni Hao, Siri! Apple Woos Asia, In Two Charts

Apple is giving China a lot of attention for good reason: The Asia & Pacific region, including China, made up about a third of the company's sales in the fiscal year that ended September 30.
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Martin Walker: "The Crowded Grave: A Mystery Of The French Countryside"

Terrorists, animal rights activists and a decades-old corpse turn up in an idyllic French village. It's the latest novel featuring Bruno, chief of police, by journalist Martin Walker.

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Chaos In Syria And Regional Implications

Attacks in Damascus and what the ongoing chaos in Syria may mean for Iran, Israel and security in the region.


Gunman Opens Fire In Colorado Theater

A gunman opened fire early Friday at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, killing at least 12 people and leaving dozens more injured, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said. Steve Inskeep talks to Chayyiel Jackson about the shooting.

Defected Soldiers Formed Free Syrian Army

Anti-government forces in Syria known as the Free Syrian Army have gained ground against the regime of President Bashar Assad. Steve Inskeep talks to Amr Al Azm about the rebels. Azm is a professor of history at Shawnee State University. He's also a Syrian activist and a member of the opposition advising on strategy.

Tough Austerity Plan Incites Spanish Protesters

Tens of thousands of Spaniards staged angry protests this week against new cutbacks that represent the biggest single dose of austerity in Spain's democratic history. Public employees will suffer pay cuts as part of a nearly $80 billion package of cuts and tax hikes. New austerity measures are the conditions attached to a European bailout for Spanish banks.

N. Korean Conundrum: Are Political Changes Real?

The country's army swore oaths of loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un after he was given the new title of marshal of the nation. This follows the army chief's dismissal. Analysts suspect the announcements mask far deeper changes, but there's disagreement about what those changes are.

Activists Fear Brazil's Triumph Over HIV Has Fizzled

When other countries were struggling to deal with the HIV epidemic, Brazil openly acknowledged the problem and launched aggressive campaigns to raise awareness and treat the disease. But activists now say say there are no longer organized HIV prevention efforts.