World Story of the Day: Episodes

Much like its neighbors, Algeria faces high unemployment, corruption and poverty. However, a bloody and brutal civil war during the 1990s has left Algerians hesitant to take to the streets and call for change. They say they're tired of upheaval and violence.
The tiny but influential Arab nation was the first Arab state to join the allied effort to stop the bloodshed in Libya. A third of its fighter-jet fleet is now on the Souda air base on the Greek island of Crete. The Qataris, working alongside the French, are helping enforce the NATO-led no-fly zone over Libya.
The ruling party in Yemen has agreed to a deal that could end the presidency of Ali Addullah Saleh. The deal comes after months of mass protests against the man who has ruled Yemen for 32 years and so far has resisted all calls for his resignation. Linda Wertheimer talks to NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson ...
In Syria, it was the bloodiest day yet in five weeks of anti-government protests, with many dead after security forces opened fire. Anti-government groups called this day "great Friday" — an escalation of the challenge to the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Many who took part in Egypt's popular uprising hoped it would lead to improved relations between Muslims and Christians. But in some cities, residents say tensions are worse than ever. One of the hotspots is Qena, where there have been several attacks on Christians by Islamist extremists.
For the first time in Egyptian history, a woman is running for president. At the same time, many Egyptian women say they feel shut out of the new government that is emerging. They worry that unless they take bold steps, women will end up with less political clout than they had under former President ...
Prostitution is ambiguous in Brazil — it's not totally legal, or, illegal. The tropical city of Rio de Janeiro has been trying shift its image from a place filled with drugs, violence and prostitution as it prepares to host the World Cup and the Olympics.
Cattle rustling sounds like a quaint notion from the 19th century American West, but in South Sudan — soon be the world's newest nation — it's a very modern and very real problem. Sudanese cattle raiding isn't like the Old West with Winchester rifles. It's the African Bush with automatic weapons ...
One of the fears surrounding the conflict in Libya is that the country will fragment into rival territories. It's a condition Libyans have known before, going back to the days when ancient Greeks ruled the area. At an archaeological site in eastern Libya, ordinary citizens wonder whether another such ...
In recent years, Somali piracy has grown into a multimillion-dollar criminal enterprise. Law enforcement sources say the larger pirate syndicates are becoming increasingly professional. Last year, authorities found a pirate contract that even included incentive bonuses.
In India, there are far fewer girls born each year than boys. Activists say the disparity is deliberate: Some families are using ultrasound technology to determine the gender of fetuses and then aborting the females. Now it's becoming difficult for young men to find young women to marry.
Somaliland, a self-ruling part of Somalia, is desperately poor. It has only eight functioning coast guard vessels for its 500 miles of coastline, and most of its prisons are dreadful. Still, Somaliland is trying to rein in piracy, even though it's like fighting a stiff current.
Two weeks ago, Iman al-Obeidi burst into a Tripoli hotel and told journalists that she had been gang-raped by members of forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Now, Obeidi tells her story to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro and another reporter, the first journalists to independently speak with her in person.
Protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square clashed with security forces Saturday. They're unhappy with the pace of pursuing corruption, among other things.
The Libyan government is again taking Western journalists to the besieged city of Misurata. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks to Melissa Block.
Two women use music to show the world a fuller picture of their homeland, Pakistan. They have a piece called "The Happy Song" on their album in progress, about beauty in a time of turmoil and intolerance.
In a rare open disagreement with the Obama administration, Saudi's King Abdullah chastised the president for abandoning Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime ally. The Saudis have since developed a more aggressive regional policy.
Members of Egypt's largest Islamist group were repressed and jailed during President Hosni Mubark's regime. The movement now has the freedom to organize a legal political party. But a youth wing is challenging the leadership, saying it has to adapt to the times.
The Libyan woman's dramatic appearance at a Tripoli hotel filled with journalists ended with her being dragged away by authorities. Now she isn't in prison, but says she is beaten by police when she leaves her home.
Syria may have a dismal economy and few natural resources, but it is right in the center of the Middle East and is critical to U.S. interests. If the regime is seriously weakened or overthrown, it's likely to upset the dynamic of the region, analysts say.
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