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Al-Qaida Takes To The Hills Of Yemen's Badlands

Yemeni troops, backed by the U.S., say they have retaken the final stronghold of al-Qaida-linked militants in the country's south. But as a visit to the area reveals, the militants' retreat may be a tactical decision, rather than a defeat.

Why Operation Fast And Furious Failed

The operation was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2009-10. NPR's Ted Robbins and Michel Marizco of the Fronteras Desk talk about the intent of Fast and Furious, why the operation failed, and solutions to curb gun-running on the U.S.-Mexican border.

'Call Me Kuchu': Uganda's Secret Gay Community

Malika Zouhali-Worrall gained access to Uganda's secretive LGBT community for the documentary, Call Me Kuchu. It follows John "Long Jones" Abdallah Wambere and others in a group of gay women and men — derogatorily called "Kuchus" — as they rail against ongoing, sometimes violent, persecution.
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Science Diplomacy

When tensions among nations are at their height, connections among scientists can be a powerful avenue for maintaining ties and backdoor diplomacy.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Greece's New Democracy party wins the national election and forms a government. Egyptian officials delay declaring the results of the presidential election. And the Arab League urges Russia to stop supplying arms to Syria. A panel of journalists joins guest host Terence Smith for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


Arrest Warrant Issued For Pakistan's Prime Minister Nominee

Whether that will derail Makhdoom Shahabuddin's rise to that office is unclear, however. Filing charges against your rival is not unusual in Pakistan.

British Monarchy Posts House Manager Opening

According to the royal website, the applicant who's chosen will have dominion over the royal residences — including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, overseeing a staff of 60. The position is described as "challenging and exciting."

Syrian Fighter Jet Lands In Jordan, Pilot Reportedly Seeks Asylum

A Jordanian official says the pilot wants to defect. The Syrian government is only confirming it lost contact with the aircraft. Activists say this would be the first such action by a Syrian military pilot since anti-Assad protests began in 2011.

Ai Weiwei Says He Is Barred From Leaving China

The 54-year-old artist says officials have lifted the strict bail conditions imposed after his release from detention last year. But he says he is not allowed to leave China and that he was prevented from attending a hearing this week on his tax evasion case.