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Interpol Issues Alert Following Al-Qaida-Linked Prison Breaks

The international police agency says that it's important to determine if jailbreaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan were linked, and to capture the escapees.

Pentagon Papers Leaker Daniel Ellsberg Praises Snowden, Manning

The man who in 1971 went public with the comprehensive study of two decades of U.S. policy in Vietnam spoke with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.

Suicide Bombers Attack Indian Consulate In Afghanistan

Several are dead in the botched attack involving three men with suicide vests. The Taliban has denied responsibility.

Zimbabwe Election Ruled Fair By African Union

Zimbabwe's presidential election was a "huge farce," according to the opposition challenger. He alleges massive vote rigging by veteran President Robert Mugabe. But the African Union said that aside from a few incidents, the voting was free and fair.

Talks In Mideast May Hinge On Two-State Solution

Israel and Palestine started another round of peace talks this week. Will this be different from past meetings between the two countries? Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Marwan Muasher of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about what these peace talks need to succeed in a changing Middle East.

The Bob Dylan Of Iran

Singer Mohsen Namjoo was sentenced to five years in prison in absentia under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for songs disparaging the Koran. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Namjoo on the day before Hassan Rouhani is sworn in as president.

Bhutan's New Prime Minister Says Happiness Isn't Everything

Bhutan's Gross National Happiness index has gained currency at home and abroad since in recent years, but the new premier signals there are more pressing problems.

Jury Rejects Death Penalty For Somali Pirates

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the three men convicted of murder, piracy and kidnapping in the 2011 seizure of a yacht off the coast of Oman.
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Reviving Middle East Peace Talks

Kojo explores the art of international negotiation and finds out what could set the newly launched Middle East peace talks apart from past failed attempts.


U.S. State Department Cautiously On Alert

U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world will be closed on Sunday and possible for longer. The State Department says it is taking the step "out of an abundance of caution" and wouldn't say if they are receiving direct threats. Members of Congress say there are concerns about an al-Qaida-linked attack. Last year, the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed in Benghazi, along with three other Americans. At that time, there were also violent protests at U.S. embassies in Cairo and Tunisia.