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Libyan rebels pushed their way west along the Mediterranean coast Monday. Helped by western air strikes, anti-government troops approached leader Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte. Roughly 60 miles away, there were sporadic clashes in a coastal valley. Also Monday, a few civilians began warily returning ...
Moammar Gadhafi's regime is using all its weapons — guns, tanks and propaganda — to prevent a nationwide movement for change. But there are signs Gadhafi's grip on the capital could be loosening. NPR's David Greene has spent the past month covering the conflict. As he prepares to leave Libya, he ...
Rebel forces have re-established control over the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya following a night of NATO airstrikes.
The bombing of the Askariya shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad, five years ago brought the most vicious sectarian warfare that Iraq has seen. Now the project to rebuild the shrine, which is expected to generate millions of dollars, has led new tensions to surface.
Tsunami-shattered fishing businesses could take years to rebuild. And for some, that may never happen. "I think it might end with me," one man says about his family's century-old fish processing company.
Coalition airstrikes have pushed forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi away from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. But the opposition has been unable, so far, to make much progress at all. They keep getting pushed back when they try to fight forward into the town of Ajdabiya.
Some good news has been interspersed with the bad since the tsunami hit the northeastern city of Kamaishi on March 11. The hospital's generator is working now, and some people are reuniting with loved ones there. But on the down side, more bodies are being found in nearby houses.
The disaster at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, 150 miles from Tokyo, has drawn attention to the troubles of rural communities that often end up hosting nuclear facilities when no one else will take them.
The earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan's northeast have torn the social fabric of many communities and wrought havoc on the normal cycles of life and death. In the northern city of Kesennuma, members of the community are struggling to maintain dignity and respect as they send off the deceased.
In a period when local interests trump national identity and the country's image is at a low point, Italy will mark the 150th anniversary of its unification this Thursday rather than celebrate it. Ministers from the Northern League, a partner in the conservative coalition, voted against making Thursday a holiday.
In a town about two hours north of the Fukushima power plant, the destruction is countered by Japanese working diligently and with dignity to recover from disaster.
Libya's government has been insisting it's not at war with its own people. Officials claim Islamist radicals from outside Libya are behind the uprising. And Tuesday, they set out to prove it — showing journalists a prisoner whose story neatly fits the profile the government has been highlighting.
Thousands of Japanese are crisscrossing the area where the tsunami hit, trying to find missing loved ones. Hand-scrawled notes plead from message boards, asking relatives to call. One 23-year-old spent $800 and 18 hours to get to her parents' home when she couldn't reach them by phone.
Japan grapples with the mounting humanitarian crisis that has followed from the massive earthquake and tsumani. Thousands are dead and displaced in the northeastern part of the country.
The death toll continues to climb in Japan after Friday's devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake created a tsunami that swept the country's eastern coast. NPR's Rob Gifford talks to host Guy Raz from Osaka, Japan, about the latest developments.
A powerful earthquake hit Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a giant tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Journalist Lucy Craft, who is in Tokyo, talks to Ari Shapiro about the quake, which rattled a 1,300-mile stretch of coastline.
Victims of the aerial bombing campaign in Ras Lanuf and Brega come into the hospitals fast. Doctors say casualties have doubled since intensive bombing campaign started — and at least 60 percent of casualties are the results of air strikes.
Relatives say their main frustration is that there are no investigations — let alone arrests — of those responsible for the killing of protesters during Egypt's revolution. They question whether the price their loved ones paid was worth it.
The island kingdom's capital city, Manama, is lined with glass-and-steel skyscrapers that reflect the blue-green waters of the Persian Gulf. But less than 10 miles away is another Bahrain — the poor village of Karzakan. There, Shiite villagers say they're treated like second-class citizens in a country ...
In western Libya, government soldiers are surrounding individual towns and cities, with rebels holed up inside. It has been little covered by the Western media because the area is all but sealed off to everyone but residents and soldiers.
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