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ISIS: An Islamist Group Too Extreme Even For Al-Qaida

Al-Qaida said in February that it has no links with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. But since then, ISIS has only gained ground — and members. It's now making inroads across Iraq.

Ukrainian Forces Reportedly Regain Control Of Mariupol

Jubilant soldiers emerged from key government buildings after retaking them from pro-Russian forces, who seized control of the city last month.

The World's Watching Soccer, But Basketball Is On The Barbershop's Brain

The most popular global sporting event, the World Cup, kicked off this week in Brazil. But the Barbershop guys are fired up about games closer to home: the NBA finals.

Could Finland Teach The U.S. A Lesson On Guns?

Host Michel Martin looks at gun culture in the America and abroad, and asks two experts what the U.S. can learn from how other countries handle firearms.

In One Map, The Dramatic Rise Of ISIS In Iraq And Syria

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, was created just last year, but it has seized many towns and cities in both countries. Here's an animated map showing its gains since the start of 2013.

Obama Rules Out Troops In Iraq But Says U.S. Is Weighing Other Options

The president said any action in Iraq will be "targeted and precise" but must be accompanied by political action by Iraqis. The comments come as extremists seized control of parts of Iraq.

Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist?

Debate is raging online about whether profane chants directed at President Dilma Rousseff during Brazil's World Cup match against Croatia were sexist.

Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch

Sometimes NPR's foreign correspondents take a break from war and other serious business to enjoy daily life in their adopted cities. Here our Pakistan correspondent tries a 'miracle' drink.
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Democracy in a Volatile Region: Afghanistan Chooses a President

Afghans go to the polls in a presidential run-off between two candidates who are both former members of outgoing President Hamid Karzai's cabinet. We explore what new leadership means for everyday life in Afghanistan and the region.


In A First, Afghanistan Is Set To Change Leaders At The Ballot Box

In a country shaped by warlords, Saturday's presidential election features two urbane men with doctorates vying to replace Hamid Karzai. Both want close U.S. relations, including a security deal.