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Expectations Were High When Bashar Al-Assad Came To Power

Melissa Block speaks with David W. Lesch, a professor of Middle East history at Trinity University and the author of The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria for a profile about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria Becomes Unofficial Focus Of G-20 Meeting In Russia

At the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, President Obama's Thursday was spent seeking friends for his Syria mission and mending fences over issues of National Security Agency surveillance.

Iran's President Wished Jews 'A Blessed Rosh Hashanah.' Or Did He?

It's been widely reported that President Hassan Rouhani issued the felicitation via Twitter, but an Iranian adviser pours cold water on the authenticity of the message.

The World Capital Of Counterfeit Dollars

Making fake dollars is big business in Peru, where counterfeiters hire people to finish each bill by hand.

Progressive Democrats Doubt Syria Strategy

Host Michel Martin hears from two members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus about why they're reluctant to approve a U.S. strike on Syria. She's joined by Representative Barbara Lee of California and Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland.

Dancing With The Dictators: Kanye West Joins The Club

There's a long history of American artists traveling the globe and collecting huge checks to appear at private events for dictators. Kanye West spent last weekend at a wedding in Kazakhstan.

Fog Blamed For 100-Plus Vehicle Pileup In U.K.

The accident on the A249 bridge in east Kent injured perhaps as many as 200 people and caused the closure of a major traffic artery.

Lions, Leaders And Lingerie: 5 Great Reads From Syria

Do recent events have you wishing for more insight into Syria? critic Marcela Valdes — with some help from experts on the region — recommends five great reads. From the diaries of a threatened novelist to a study of Syrian lingerie, these books reveal new facets of a complex country.

Egyptian Official Survives Attack As 'Remarkable Calm' Broken

A bomb destroyed some vehicles in the interior minister's convoy. It was the first such attack on a member of Egypt's interim government. Still, after the deadly violence of last month, some sense of normalcy has returned to Egypt, according to news reports.

Even Their Seats Are To Be Separated When Putin And Obama Meet

"Awkward" is the word being used to describe the upcoming encounters between the two leaders at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Thanks to a shuffling of the seats, news outlets report, the Russian and U.S. leaders won't be sitting near each other during group meetings.