This Fourth of July is a special one for 44 soldiers and Marines serving in Afghanistan. They hail from 24 different countries and range in age from 19 to 34. But they have one thing in common: They were naturalized as U.S. citizens in a ceremony last week.
On Independence Day, we continue an occasional series, Those Who Serve, with a story about an Army captain who grew up hearing about the exploits of his grandfathers in Asia during World War II. Now he's a captain serving in Afghanistan.
Drug lord Pablo Escobar nearly brought Colombia to its knees with a wave of bombings and murders in the 1980s. Now, he is back, in a new TV series that has mesmerized Colombia. The narco-novela tells of the cartel boss's rise and fall — and tries to show his victims' perspectives, too.
Authorities have searched the home of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France. There are allegations that his 2007 campaign received illegal contributions from France's richest woman, a L'Oreal cosmetics heiress. Sarkozy denies the allegations although he is not under official investigation now.
The U.S. has announced that Pakistan has agreed to reopen its land routes to NATO convoys heading into Afghanistan. The agreement came after Washington again expressed regret for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers who were killed in an errant American air strike last November.
Spokesmen for the rebel Free Syrian Army say the war has reached a crucial stage. Defections of government soldiers are increasing and have weakened the Syrian army. The rebels also say more arms are flowing to their side from other Gulf states. Many of those shipments are intended for Islamist factions within the rebel movement. Deborah Amos talks to Robert Siegel.
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