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Russia May Be Key To Syria Talks

Russia may be the world power with the greatest influence over Syria. As diplomatic talks on Syria continue in Geneva between the two sides, what is Russia's role? NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Russian-American journalist Vladimir Pozner.

Stan Wawrinka Beats Ailing Nadal To Win Australian Open Final

The Swiss underdog won his first Grand Slam singles title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset of favored Rafael Nadal, who suffered a back injury.

Ukrainian President Stuns Protesters With Offer Of Government Jobs

The political crisis in Ukraine is spreading, with tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Kiev's central square, demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych step down. From Kiev, NPR's Corey Flintoff speaks with guest host Kelly McEvers about some surprising developments.

Syria Grants Rare But Scripted Glimpse To Western Journalists

Negotiations between the Syrian government and Syrian opposition leaders continue in Geneva this weekend. Guest host Kelly McEvers talks to Frederik Pleitgen of CNN, who is in Damascus, reporting about the current situation on the ground in Syria.

Three Years After Uprising, Egypt Remains Deeply Divided

Protests and violent clashes erupted throughout Egypt on Saturday, as the country marked the third anniversary of the beginning of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. At least 29 people died in the violence, according to Egyptian officials. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with NPR's Leila Fadel, who is in Cairo.

Syrian Government, Opposition Begin Peace Talks With 'Half Steps'

This week, representatives of the Syrian government and opposition met in Geneva, Switzerland, beginning negotiations to end Syria's violent civil war. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with NPR's Deborah Amos, who is following developments at the international conference.

Mediator: 'Haven't Achieved Much' At Syrian Peace Talks

On the first day of face-to-face meetings, representatives of the two sides made eye contact, but spoke only through the U.N. mediator.

Nearly 30 Killed As Egypt Celebrates Revolution's Anniversary

While thousands of Egyptians celebrated throughout the capital, marking the start of the revolution three years ago, Islamist counter-demonstrations were crushed.

How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

An interactive map shows how measles and whooping cough have made a comeback in the U.S. and Europe, even though they're easily prevented by a few shots. The surge of these diseases coincides with changes in views about vaccine safety.

Smoker May Have Caused Retirement Home Fire; Dozens Still Missing

The official death toll from the blaze that swept through the Residence du Havre in Quebec province is eight, but 30 people are still unaccounted for in the frozen debris.