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Taliban Attack In Kabul Comes Ahead Of Peace Negotiations

Suicide bombers attacked multiple buildings in Kabul, including Afghanistan's presidential palace, early Tuesday. Robert Siegel talks with The New York Times Kabul bureau chief, Alissa Rubin, about the attack and its timing in relation to negotiations with the Taliban.

Russia, U.S. At Odds Over Fate Of Edward Snowden

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the man who leaked secret U.S. documents about government surveillance programs is still in a Moscow airport transit lounge and is free to go wherever he wants. Putin is dismissing calls by the U.S. to send Edward Snowden home to face felony charges, saying Moscow had nothing to do with Snowden's travel plans. He also said Russia views Snowden as a human rights activist. Secretary of State John Kerry says he doesn't think there should be a confrontation with Russia over Snowden and says he's asking, not ordering, Russia to treat Snowden as a fugitive.

Dozens Dead After Clashes With Radical Cleric In Lebanon

After 25 hours of fighting, clashes have died down in the southern city of Sidon in Lebanon. At least 16 soldiers and 40 gunmen are dead. Radical Sunni Muslim Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir is on the run and possibly holed up in the Ain al Helweh Palestinian camp.

Saudi Arabia Solidifies Support Of Syrian Opposition

Secretary of State John Kerry held a press conference Tuesday with the Saudi foreign minister. Prince Saud al-Faisal said his country cannot ignore Iran and Hezbollah's support of Assad's regime. NPR foreign correspondent Deb Amos explains Saudi Arabia's role in Syria.

Cardboard Bike's Fundraiser Is Rolling

Israel inventor Izhar Gafni hopes to make reliable, tough bikes that can sell for only about $20 each. Videos of his invention went viral last year. He's using the Web to raise money.

Germany Says It's Uncovered Terrorist Plot Using Model Planes

Prosecutors say the plan involved at least two men, both of Tunisian origin. Police carried out nine pre-dawn raids in southern and eastern Germany as well as Belgium to gather evidence.

Will GMOs Help Protect Ugandan Families Against Hunger?

If your meals depended largely on the success of your family farm, would it change the way you felt about new crop technologies? Uganda is debating whether to give its first genetically modified plant, a GM banana, to millions of families for free.

In Qatar, A (Rare) Royal Abdication

The announcement that Qatar's emir would hand over power to his son is a surprise because royal transfers of power — voluntary ones, that is — are rare not just in the Middle East but around the world. The handover also raises questions about the future of Qatar's outsized role in global affairs.

VIDEO For Nelson Mandela: Johnny Clegg's 'Asimbonanga'

The anti-apartheid icon and former South African president remains in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital. He's being treated for a respiratory infection. Mandela is 94. In 1999, he danced on stage as Clegg paid tribute.

Attackers Killed During 'Brazen Assault' Near Afghan Palace

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's assault in Kabul. The attack raises questions about the chances for peace talks between that group and the Afghan government.