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Al-Qaida-Linked Group Faces Backlash In Iraq

The al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has played a key role in the war against Syria's government but now faces a major onslaught from other rebel forces. ISIS militants are also under fire in neighboring Iraq. NPR's Scott Simon and correspondent Deb Amos discuss how ISIS arose and what it wants to achieve.

Rodman's Tour Of North Korea: Diplomacy Or Propaganda?

Dennis Rodman took a team of former NBA players to North Korea to celebrate leader Kim Jong Un's birthday. NPR's Scott Simon likes the flamboyant and frank Rodman, but wonders if his tour amounts to sports diplomacy or propaganda for the North Korean regime.

Ariel Sharon, Whose Life And Career Shaped Israeli History, Dies

The former prime minister, who had been in a coma after suffering a massive stroke in 2006, died on Saturday. Sharon's career spanned the birth of the nation and most of its essential turning points. Israelis had a love-hate relationship with him that was beginning to soften only shortly before his death.
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Preserving Cuisine As Cultural Heritage

UNESCO, well-known for its World Heritage sites, also extends its designations to a few of the world's most cherished culinary traditions. We explore what it means to preserve culinary culture.

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"The Square:" Behind The Headlines Of The Egyptian Revolution

A new documentary takes viewers inside the Egyptian revolution, from the heady protests in Tahrir Square to the subsequent political upheaval.


An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's execution of his uncle was about more than an internal power struggle. Jang Song Thaek oversaw economic ties with China and was accused of selling North Korean resources to its main ally on the cheap.

Central African Republic's President Resigns At Regional Summit

Michel Djotodia, who took power in a coup last year, was unable to quell the violence that has engulfed his country, and was under pressure from regional leaders to quit. A bloody conflict has pit the country's majority Christian population against Muslims.

Cuba, Land Of The $250,000 Family Sedan

For the first time in five decades, the Cuban government has begun selling new and used vehicles to anyone who can afford them. But with used Volkswagen Passats priced at $70,000 and a 2013 Peugeot sedan priced at $250,000, it's pretty clear the Castro government doesn't really want to sell them. Why?

Central African Republic President Resigns

Local and international pressure had been building against President Michel Djotodia. He took power in a military coup in the summer, plunging the country into a multi-sided civil war. Thousands have died and hundreds of thousands have been uprooted.

Fighting In South Sudan Forces Residents To Seek Safety

Some 10,000 people have died in South Sudan since the fighting began there last month. David Greene talks to Elke Leidel, the South Sudan country director for Concern Worldwide about the view on the ground in South Sudan.