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U.S., Iran Eye Each Other Warily In Persian Gulf

The U.S. and Iran sparred over oil shipments in the Persian Gulf in the 1980s, a confrontation known as the tanker war. The current tensions have some parallels, but there are concerns any hostilities could quickly escalate.

The World's Options For Aid In Somalia

International leaders met last week to address the piracy, famine and terrorism in Somalia. Many previous attempts by the international community to intervene have failed. Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa Bureau Chief for The New York Times, discusses the world's options.

'Tinderbox': How The West Fueled The AIDS Epidemic

Journalist Craig Timberg, the former Johannesburg bureau chief for The Washington Post, says international AIDS organizations working in Africa went off in the wrong direction in fighting the spread of HIV across the continent.

Controversial Election Shakes Once-Stable Senegal

Violent protests marked the run-up to Sunday's first round of presidential elections in Senegal. Unofficial vote counts indicate a possible run-off between incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade and a former prime minister. Critics say Wade's third term bid is unconstitutional, and they are concerned about corruption and the high cost of living. Host Michel Martin checks in with NPR's West Africa Correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.

Chechens Allegedly Planned To Attack Putin's Motorcade With Mines

Russian and Ukrainian security services claim to have foiled the plan. The suspected mastermind, Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, remains at large.