Jacintha Saldanha transferred a call to another nurse. Two Australian DJs were pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, and they were able to find out how the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was feeling. Saldanha's suspected suicide, though, has turned a prank into a tragedy.
Former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused of sexual assault by a hotel maid, has all but vanished from the public sphere in France, but he remains a subject of fascination. A play imagining what could have transpired in that hotel suite in May 2011 has just opened in Paris.
Over the weekend, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rescinded most of a temporary order that elevated his powers above judicial review. But he did not concede on demands to postpone a vote on a new constitution.
The Syrian village of Khirbet al-Joz was "liberated" a few months ago. Since then, the villagers have selected a town leadership. They also have the first police force to be chosen by the town rather than the regime.
The sudden death of North Korea's leader, the ascension of his little-known son, and a rocket-launch failure marked a rocky year for the reclusive nation. In rare interviews, several North Koreans tell NPR that expectations of a better life have not been met.
In Egypt, President Mohammed Morsi has annulled a decree that gave him sweeping new powers last month. But the newly elected president is still facing major resistance to his efforts to ram through a new constitution. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson about the latest news from Egypt.
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