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With Its Economy Hobbled, Greece's Well-Educated Drain Away

Since the start of its financial crisis, Greece has been exporting some of its most highly trained professionals. Thanos Ntoumanis is just one of thousands of medical professionals who have left their struggling homeland for jobs in Western Europe.

Al-Qaida Group Admits 'Mistake And Guilt' For Botched Raid

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula says one of its fighters disobeyed orders and targeted a hospital during an attack on Yemen's Defense Ministry complex.

Mikhail Kalashnikov, Inventor Of The AK-47, Dead At 94

The inventor of the iconic AK-47 automatic rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died. Kalashnikov's simple, durable and easily maintained gun became the world's most popular rifle, with more than 100 million in circulation. Kalashnikov was modest about his invention, saying he created it solely for the defense of the motherland. Some analysts say his domination of Soviet and Russia weapons design actually kept the country from entering the modern age of small arms.

Fighting, Fears Escalate In South Sudan

The United Nations' chief is calling for additional peacekeepers for South Sudan where fighting between forces loyal to the president and those loyal to his former deputy is spiraling.

How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight'

Most of the wealthy Gulf emirates prefer to keep a low profile. Not Qatar. Over the past two decades, it has aggressively pursued high-profile projects such as launching the Al Jazeera satellite network and winning a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Reports: Mikhail Kalashnikov, Inventor Of AK-47, Dies

The Russian creator of the world's most popular weapon died Monday at the age of 94, officials tell Russian news outlets. More than 100 million of the weapons, including knockoffs, have been produced. While proud of his invention, Kalashnikov said it saddened him to see them used by terrorists.

Their Release Is Just A 'PR Stunt,' Pussy Riot Member Says

All three members of the band are now free. But the pardons are just an effort by President Vladimir Putin to shore up his country's reputation before February's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina said after her release.

With Amnesty Russia Polishes Its Image Before Winter Olympics

There have been more political developments in Russia. A jailed member of the protest band Pussy Riot was freed from prison on Monday. Another band member is expected to be released soon. Over the weekend, jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was freed from prison.

Grab Some Tea And Binge View British TV Dramas

British dramas, mostly from BBC America, have become gold mines of binge viewing for American TV fans seeking a deep dive into compelling series. Gillian Anderson's The Fall, David Tennant's Broadchurch and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock are just a few of the series which offer hours of escape.

High Numbers Of Casualties Tell The Story In Iraq

We're using numbers to highlight some of the stories of 2013. We look now at the situation in Iraq and the number is 6,639. Steve Inkseep talks to William Dunlop of Agence France-Presse, which has been compiling numbers of those killed and wounded in Iraq.