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Pakistan's President Leaves For Medical Tests

Asif Ali Zardari's visit to a Dubai hospital to undergo routine medical tests has fueled speculation of his possible resignation. Zardari's office said a news report that kicked off the speculation was untrue.

On The Run, Under The Radar, With Syria's Rebels

The Free Syrian Army, a ragtag force assembled by defecting Syrian soldiers, has built a sort of underground railroad to get weapons and people in and out of the locked-down country. NPR's Kelly McEvers spent an evening crossing the Lebanon-Syria border with a group of them.

Clean Air A 'Luxury' In Beijing's Pollution Zone

For more than half of the past 60 days, the air pollution in the Chinese capital has hit levels hazardous to human health. Experts estimate long-term exposure to such pollution could reduce life expectancy by as much as five years. NPR's Louisa Lim describes what it's like living in the city.

Syria Faces Surge Of Violence

The death toll continues to rise in the central Syrian city of Homs, long both a focal point of anti-government protests and escalating conflict between the city's Sunni and Alawite communities. Dozens of bodies, many of them mutilated, are turning up on the streets. They're victims of sectarian gangs — some supported by the government. Lynn Neary talks to NPR's Deborah Amos for more.

In Afghanistan, Dozens Dead After Suicide Bombings

In Afghanistan, dozens died in bombings in Kabul and the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. The attacks targeted processions by Shiite Muslims on a major holy day.