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In Egypt, neighborhood watch groups have sprung up in different parts of Cairo amid random robberies, looting and the absence of cops on beats. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson accompanied one neighborhood patrol in an upscale Nile River island community.
It's been nearly a week since Egyptians took to the streets in a popular uprising to oust President Mubarak. They've since turned the most populous Arab nation on its head. But rampant lawlessness threatens to hijack the movement. Thievery and vandalism are badly damaging Egypt's economy.
For days, Egyptian police and protesters fought to gain control of a key square in Cairo near the ministry that oversees the country's notorious security forces. Their ferocious fight peaked before dawn Saturday with police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and worse. But protesters refused to give up. ...
In a country with millions of orphans and widows, officials say it's tough to make women who are seen as criminals a priority, which means they're basically ignored by everyone.
Tunisian women have access to birth control and abortion. They have the same rights to divorce as their male counterparts. And they are playing just as vital of a role in the country's revolution. Now, they must continue their fight to keep religion out of politics.
The Russian Supreme Court says that of nearly 800,000 criminal defendants brought into federal courts during the first nine months of last year, 99.3 percent were convicted. That's why many Russians go to trial expecting to be found guilty. They're just hoping for a lenient sentence.
Protests in the capital by students and many from the country's middle classes played a key role in toppling the president, but it all began in the hinterlands. Many there hope the uprising brings about long-asked-for economic development.
A battle has been joined by those who want a tolerant Islamic state against those who want a fundamentalist religious regime. The killing earlier this month of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer has cheered the religious right while chilling secular Pakistanis and exposing deep fissures in the society.
More than 300,000 children are believed to live on the streets of New Delhi. A walking tour of the area around the railway station introduces tourists to the plight of such children and the efforts of a local nonprofit to help them and, if possible, to reunite them with their families.
Rome may have fallen hundreds of years ago, but much of the civilization the Romans built still dots the landscape today. One team of scientists recently unearthed a different kind of Roman artifact that may hold a surprising clue to the empire's downfall.
During Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's 23-year rule, the press in Tunisia was censored. That changed literally overnight last Friday when he and his wife fled the country. Now, books that were once banned are appearing in bookstores, Tunisians don't have to turn to foreign channels for news, and a scathing ...
The government of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has talked about creating an Islamic state governed by Shariah law — if the ongoing referendum splits Sudan in two. This has many among the millions of Christians living in north Sudan fearing for their future.
A heated debate is under way in Israel over issues of racism, freedom of expression and dissent. Analysts warn of a serious conflict brewing between Israelis on the left and the right, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing criticism from all sides because of it.
Tunisians say they want a complete break with their autocratic former ruler. They say the president, his wife and her family abused power and enriched themselves at the expense of the Tunisian people, who are now trashing the family's villas.
Officials in Tunisia scrambled to form an interim government Monday as street protests erupted once again. Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi said a new government of national unity will include opposition parties. But protesters continued to demand that the ruling party resign following the exit of its ...
Interim leaders are holding talks in Tunisia to try to form a unity government after a month of protests that led to the president fleeing. Young, educated bloggers, Tweeters and Facebook users are being credited with bringing down the regime.
Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington, D.C., this week comes at a critical moment in U.S.-China relations. Economically bruised, America may have to share the superpower spotlight with the competition.
Quinoa, once a staple of the Incas, is now increasingly popular in the United States. But over the past decade, the price has increased sevenfold, and its popularity abroad is pushing up prices and gradually making it harder for Bolivians to buy.
Numerous memorial services and Masses are taking place across Port-au-Prince Wednesday. But for many people, this anniversary is as much about this moment as it is about what happened a year ago.
Housing remains one of the biggest challenges facing Haiti after an earthquake destroyed much of the capital last year. But recently, thousands of people who've grown tired of living in temporary camps have started building houses in scrubby, vacant hills north of the capital.
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