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Fed up with shockingly low pay and long hours, doctors in the Czech Republic are threatening to leave the country en masse. It's made no difference yet to the cash-starved government, which is moving ahead with cost-cutting plans.
Belarus always seems to be Europe's fault line. In 1941, Nazis charged eastward, but a small battalion of Soviet soldiers in Belarus famously held strong, slowing Hitler's charge for weeks. Today, Belarus is holding firm again, refusing to succumb to democratic will -- despite the presidential election ...
Last week, the U.S. abandoned efforts to revive direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said American envoys will again shuttle between the two sides to keep the process alive. NPR's Lourdes Garcia Navarro takes us on a journey through Israel and the ...
Tens of thousands of people are streaming back into Southern Sudan, anticipating that the region will choose independence in a referendum next month. But the south is desperately poor and undeveloped. Some observers wonder whether the would-be nation can handle many more returnees.
The death sentence last month of a Christian wife and mother charged with blasphemy has provoked a sharp debate in Muslim Pakistan over strict laws that protect Islam. Fundamentalists have called for Asia Bibi to be hanged, while international groups have condemned the case against her.
Before the 2003 U.S. invasion, Iraq had nearly 1 million Christians. Now, there are about half that number. A recent string of attacks against a Christian church and homes in Baghdad has prompted families to seek refuge in northern Iraq and try to emigrate.
A referendum next month in Sudan will decide whether the country will be divided between the Arab, mostly Muslim north and the ethnic African south. Whether things turn bloody may hinge on what happens in Abyei, a disputed region along the border of north and south.
The president's review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan is due in the coming days. Even as the administration looks for a path out of the country, observers are casting doubt on progress so far -- and Afghans say the war in the country is a long struggle that has just begun.
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.
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