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Former Ambassador On US Strategies In Syria, Iran

Robert Siegel speaks with Thomas Pickering, former ambassador and trustee of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, about US strategies for Syria and Iran. Pickering served as US ambassador to Russia, Jordan, Israel, and the UN — and was undersecretary of state for political affairs from 1997 to 2001.
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A Year After Revolution, Tensions Rising In Bahrain

Tensions are growing in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain. Protests by Shiites in outlying areas are growing ahead of next week's anniversary of the uprising. There are daily clashes between protesters and police and some fear that the violence will escalate as the anniversary approaches on Feb. 14, perhaps spreading to the streets of the capital, Manama.
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Saved From Extinction, Darwin's Crocs Are Now King

Australia's Northern Territory is home to the cunning, powerful and deadly saltwater crocodile — the world's largest. And in the territory's capital, Darwin, the crocodile is both feared and beloved.
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Does The 2011 'Photo Of The Year' Look Familiar?

It was taken in Yemen, but it might ring a bell — if you know your Renaissance history.
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'Situation Could Not Be More Dire,' Syrians In Besieged City Say

From inside Homs, where activists say several hundred people have been killed by government forces in the past week and troops are preparing for what could be a "ground offensive" in coming days, the reports continue to be grim.
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Ousted Maldives President Championed Environment

There is political trouble in the Indian Ocean nation of Maldives. President Mohamed Nasheed was ousted earlier this week. Novelist Hari Kunzru, a long time acquaintance of Nasheed, talks to Steve Inskeep about what Nasheed stood for.
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Rebellious Syrian City Of Homs Pelted By Rocket Fire

Activists and human rights groups in Syria contend the government has now killed hundreds of civilians in just this week alone. It's hard to verify that number, but it is clear that mortars, rockets and tanks continue firing into the city of Homs. The gunfire has served as a week-long punctuation mark on the United Nation's failure to approve a resolution against Syria.

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