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Syrian Crisis Splits Activists And Religious Groups Over Aid

The Syrian civil war is now in its fourth year. Many are calling it the worst humanitarian situation in a generation. Faith groups and human rights activists are divided over what to do.

Obama's First-Term Military Moves Give Way To Second-Term Caution

In his first term, the president launched a troop surge in Afghanistan, stepped up drone strikes and ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In his second term, he's been reluctant to use force.

'Downton Abbey' Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers

Buttling — the proper term for what butlers do — is a booming vocation, mostly in emerging economies. The popularity of the PBS drama series Downton Abbey is helping to revitalize the status symbol.

Ukraine Inaugurates New President As Unrest Continues

Petro Poroshenko called on separatists to lay down their weapons. The chocolate magnate also offered amnesty to those without "blood on their hands."

Obama Returns To U.S. To Face Prisoner Release Issue

This week the veterans health care scandal gave way to a new political storm over the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, as Washington editor Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

Ukraine's New President Vows Not To Give Up Crimea

Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, was inaugurated Saturday. Analyst Olexiy Haran tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chocolate King, as he's known, hopes to mend ties with Russia.

Like 'Doctor Who,' Syrian Activists Hang In Limbo Post-Election

President Bashar Assad's election victory is another sign that exiled Syrian activists may never safely go home. One activist compares it to the fate of the time-traveling, British TV cult hero.

American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart'

Six Americans remain in a rural Honduran prison after being arrested last month on suspicion of smuggling weapons into the country.

Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation

An environmental group is blasting Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme for buying palm oil from suppliers who destroy rain forest and peatlands. The group says sustainable palm oil should be used instead.

One Day At Normandy Sent Ripples Across Two Veterans' Lives

Ralph Frias and Eugene Levine, two veterans, speak about the D-Day landings in Normandy 70 years ago. They offer stories and relate what it was like to take part in a day that changed the world.