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Heading Into Iran Nuclear Talks, A Diplomatic Slump

The up-and-down talks appear to be in a down cycle as negotiators prepare to meet Monday in Moscow. Difficult talks in Baghdad last month were followed by contentious comments on both sides less than two weeks before new oil sanctions against Iran are due to take effect July 1.

Racism Fears Hinder Soccer Tourney's Unity Message

The European soccer championship is taking place for the first time in former East Bloc countries Ukraine and Poland. The tournament is supposed to highlight Europe's post-Cold War unity, but the age-old plagues of racism and nationalism persist.

Egypt Faces Tense Election For New President

Egyptians began two days of voting to elect the nation's first president since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The polling comes days after an Egyptian high court dissolved the country's first freely elected parliament and the election now reflects the deep divisions in the country that has been unsettled since its revolution last year.

Violence Forces U.N. To Halt Mission In Syria

The head of the U.N. mission in Syria said monitoring activities were being put on hold because of escalating violence in the country. Scott Simon talks with NPR's Deborah Amos about the situation.

Aung San Suu Kyi Gives Long-Overdue Nobel Speech

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the Nobel Peace Prize she won while under house arrest 21 years ago helped to shatter her sense of isolation and ensured that the world would demand democracy in her military-controlled homeland.

As Violence Escalates, U.N. Suspends Monitoring In Syria

The faltering U.N. peace plan suffers another blow as the U.N. monitors announce a suspension of their activities. They say they could resume operations, but only if conditions improve.

Islamist Faces Member Of The Old Guard In Egypt Election

The choice reflects the deep divisions in the country that has been unsettled since its revolution last year. The voting began smoothly with long lines reported at some polling stations in Cairo. Some 50 million Egyptians are eligible to vote Saturday and Sunday.