World Story of the Day: Episodes

Lampedusa is usually a quiet Mediterranean island with a population of 6,000 Italians. But it's only 60 miles off the Tunisian coast, and in the last few days more than 5,000 migrants from the newly freed societies in North Africa have landed — presenting challenges to the island, the country and the ...
The Obama administration plans to start transferring control of parts of Afghanistan to the country's military this year. After enduring 30 years of war, most Afghan men know how to handle a rifle. But for the same reason, many of them are illiterate. As one 40-year-old soldier says, he "was ashamed" ...
The military leaders controlling Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak's ouster have pledged to turn over power in a matter of months. As they work with civilians toward transition to a democratically elected government, trust is key; the army has vested interests and has shown no fondness for democracy in the past.
Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president, maintains control of the powerful national television station. Alassane Ouattara, the U.N.-certified winner of last November's election, meanwhile, operates out of a hotel, protected by U.N. peacekeepers and with little access to the outside world.
On the 19th day of Egypt's pro-democracy campaign, protesters shook off fatigue from a night of celebratory revelry to start cleaning up the mess they had made in Cairo's Tahrir Square. As they prepared to decamp, the country's new military rulers announced the former government of ousted President Hosni ...
Tens of thousands of Egyptians poured into the streets across the country Friday in celebration after 18 days of anti-government protests. The news that President Hosni Mubarak had resigned came just after nightfall. Many big questions about the future remain, but tonight, Egyptians were in a mood to celebrate.
For three years, the father crisscrossed China searching for the son who had been abducted at age 3. Then he turned to the Internet and, with help from China's version of Twitter and a microblogging journalist, finally brought the boy home.
U.S. officials say the American accused of murder is a diplomat who is being held illegally. But their silence on key questions surrounding the man and the exact nature of his job is helping to keep the controversy alive.
The uprising in Egypt has had a devastating effect on the country's tourism industry, one of the main pillars of the Egyptian economy.
In response to Tunisia and Egypt, many Arab governments have rolled back subsidies to keep food prices low. Economics as well as freedom play a role in the Arab world's turmoil. However, buying their way out is a short-term solution that will be costly. Algeria, Syria, Morocco and Jordan will have budget ...
Cairo's Tahrir Square has become a community in and of itself. A leaderless group has organized the area, with an armory, a hospital, food and water delivery, even sanitation. The anti-Mubarak protesters have taken to calling the area "Free Cairo" as the protests enter their 11th day.
Pro-Mubarak factions are gaining traction in Egypt's ancient Mediterranean city of Alexandria. It is visible on its walls. Parts of anti-Mubarak graffiti spray-painted in black onto one restaurant are now covered in red paint to create pro-Mubarak slogans.
It is clear that the Hosni Mubarak regime does not want what is happening there to be broadcast to the world, says NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.
In the space of 24 hours, the mood in Cairo's Liberation Square has changed dramatically. On Tuesday, the protesters seemed sure their goal of ending the 30-year reign of Mubarak was close at hand. On Wednesday, Mubarak supporters struck back, leading to running battles and signs that the Egyptian army ...
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.
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