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Israel is allowing more exports to leave the Gaza Strip and plans to ease to trade restrictions further. But the U.N. says it's running out of money to provide Gazans' essential goods and services, and critics say Israel's moves aren't enough.
Haitian officials announced preliminary election results from last month's presidential vote, and the tally has only stirred more anger, violence and protests. Officials announced that government protege Jude Celestin and former first lady Mirlande Manigat would advance to a runoff in presidential elections, ...
Iraq's southern city is enjoying a comeback, after suffering through three major wars. These days, Iraqis in the oil-rich southern province are enjoying something close to a normal life, and the people of Basra say it's long overdue.
Both major presidential candidates in the Ivory Coast have claimed victory and taken oaths of office. That sets up the potential for another split in a country that's spent the past few years healing from civil war. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton fills in guest host Audie Cornish on the latest from the West ...
Afghanistan might not be the first place you'd expect a born U.S. citizen to end up teaching music. But William Harvey, who started playing violin in Indianapolis, teaches the instrument at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
On the surface, Jerusalem's Old City is an ideal melting pot, where Muslims, Christians and Jews live together in the ancient walled enclave. But a quiet struggle is being waged in the Old City, building by building, as Israelis try to restore a Jewish majority.
A 2,000-year-old building at the ancient site of Pompeii collapsed in rubble in November, only months after a piece of Rome's Colosseum fell to the ground and the roof of the home of Emperor Nero crumbled. The collapses triggered charges of neglect of Italy's vast archaeological heritage.
Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf is contemplating a return home from exile and a possible run for the presidency. But the history of his rule haunts him, and any comeback is fraught with uncertainties.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to limit the diplomatic fallout from the disclosure of classified State Department cables. They contain information on the inner workings of the department and some embarrassing assessments of world leaders. Being frank is part of the job when it comes to ...
Presidential elections in Haiti Sunday disintegrated into street protests after 12 of the 18 candidates said the balloting was fraudulent. Before the polls had closed, the candidates said they would not accept the results.
Israelis often explain the policy choices they make by saying they live in a difficult neighborhood, and this is no exception. Fighting oil dependence isn't just good for the Earth -- it could ensure the country's security.
The cholera death toll continues to rise in Haiti. According to official figures from the government, at least 1,648 people have died and there have been more than 72,000 confirmed cholera cases.
A 269-foot yacht commissioned by Saddam Hussein in 1981 for about $25 million has finally made its way home after spending decades on loan. As plans for the boat are still hashed out, Iraq's minister of transportation has been spending some long-awaited time on the former Iraqi dictator's boat.
Two days after an artillery attack on the South Korean island, residents returned to gather their belongings and survey the damage. Most of the village's 1,200 residents seem to have decided en masse to flee.
The people have grown cynical over the years and no longer get their hopes up when government officials and journalists come around to ask about life here.
Nearly 30 years in office, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has become a strong proponent of a market economy. Only vestiges remain of the state socialism that once defined Egypt. But the economy has unusual elements, at least to the Western eye.
Hosni Mubarak is Egypt's longest serving ruler since the mid-19th century. But not all Egyptians are happy that he may run for president again next year. After 29 years under Mubarak, many Egyptians are fed up with enduring poverty and police abuses.
President Obama came back from Portugal talking up his wins at the NATO summit. The president got Russian buy-in on efforts to build a missile-defense system for Europe, and persuaded NATO leaders and Afghanistan's president to agree to his plan to gradually reduce allied forces there over the next four ...
A new book about a cabaret singer with whom Wladyslaw Szpilman worked alleges that the pianist collaborated with the Gestapo to survive. The Szpilman family calls the accusation outrageous, and his son is taking legal action to try to stop the book.
In Indian culture, gold has a traditional worth that far outweighs its intrinsic value. As India's economy surges and more people share the wealth, the country's thirst for gold is rippling through the world market.
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