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In India, The Pressure Cooker Of College Admissions

Getting into Delhi University, the most prestigious school in India, can be even tougher than getting into an Ivy League school in the U.S. The university's College of Commerce takes less than 2 percent of applicants.

One Year Later, Arab Spring Still Reverberating

The demonstrations that spread across the Middle East in 2011 unseated leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Yemen's president has agreed to step down and violence continues in Syria. NPR foreign correspondents discuss developments since the Arab Spring and what they mean for the region and the U.S.

Syria's Assad Defies Pressure To Step Down

Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed to stay in power during a speech Tuesday, defying international pressure for him to step aside. He vowed to respond to threats against him with an "iron hand."

Israel Cracks Down on Radical 'Hilltop Youth'

The Hilltop Youth have been establishing unauthorized outposts in the West Bank for years. The Israeli government rarely took action until a group damaged an Israeli military base last month.

American Sentenced To Death In Iran

The U.S. reacts to the conviction and death sentence in Tehran for an Iranian American accused of spying for the CIA. The move is likely to further escalate tensions between Iran and the U.S., largely over Tehran's suspect nuclear program.

Iran Cultivates Friends In Washington's Backyard

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, is turning to allies in Latin America for diplomatic support, as Iran grows increasingly isolated over its nuclear program. He is visiting Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador — all left-leaning nations that are sharply critical of U.S. foreign policy.

Defense Cuts To Reshape U.S. Military Strategy

The Obama administration has laid out billions in cuts to the U.S. military over the next decade. Some say the cuts will weaken the armed forces, while others argue it's time to reconsider the type of military presence the U.S. should maintain. NPR's Tom Bowman describes the proposed cuts and their potential implications for future military operations.