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Many in the food world believe the three great cuisines are French, Chinese and Turkish. <em>Weekend Edition</em> food commentator Bonny Wolf has visited all three countries and says she now knows why Turkish cuisine has been designated among the best.
John Limbert, who spent 444 days as a hostage in Tehran, stepped down as head of the State Department's Iran desk on Friday. Limbert says that while the White House has made persistent efforts to change the tone of America's relationship with Iran, conflicts between the two nations are deeply ingrained.
On the surface, they appear to be simply farmyards, hotels or guesthouses run by provincial governments. In fact, they are part of a network of extrajudicial detention centers known as "black jails," where local governments hold people who come to Beijing to complain about abuses.
U.S.-led forces say they are taking the fight to the Taliban. The insurgents, meanwhile, have launched audacious attacks in the country. Both sides believe they are winning the war.
The U.S. military is drawing its troops out of Iraq, although combat operations do continue. Near the northern city of Mosul, insurgent attacks are ongoing. But soldiers and commanders are slowly turning the fight over to the Iraqis and determining their new role going forward.
Businesses in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey have started to come roaring back from the global economic downturn. But a wave of killings, extortion and kidnappings associated with the drug trade is making investors skittish and limiting new ventures.
Wire services are reporting that, according to the Taliban, a U.S. Navy sailor has been killed and another is being held captive after leaving their base in Kabul on Friday afternoon. NATO officials say they discovered the empty armored vehicle the two men were driving. Host Liane Hansen speaks with ...
For U.S. forces in Afghanistan, removing the Taliban from its epicenter is a slow and steady struggle.
Moviegoers in India are flocking to a low-budget film that turns fear of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden into comedy. Pakistan has banned the film, <em>Tere Bin Laden</em>, fearing terrorist reprisals. But audiences in India are enjoying the political satire, including arrogant Americans and a jihadist ...
China's 12 million Catholics have been bitterly divided for decades. Some belong to Beijing-sanctioned churches, while others worship in "underground" churches loyal to the Vatican. Even though Pope Benedict XVI has urged reconciliation, China's Catholics have struggled to follow his instructions.
Moscow is lobbying for a new law that would allow the modern-day successor to the KGB to be able to officially warn people suspected of planning to commit a crime. Opposition leaders say it's an attempt to stifle political dissent using intimidation.
Most people have heard of the Italian Mafia, but there's another crime organization based in the south of the country that's been steadily growing in the Mafia's shadow -- and its tentacles are spreading nearly as far.
Once a month, just after dawn, dozens of women gather at the Western Wall to protest Orthodox Jewish insistence that women of non-orthodox faith must pray by Orthodox rules instead of the more liberal rules of Conservative and Reform Jews.
Spain, the erstwhile "Iberian Tiger" and once the biggest creator of jobs among Europe's 16-nation single currency zone, is now struggling with a 20 percent jobless rate. It's stymied by the lack of a manufacturing base, an inequitable labor market and a limited social safety net.
Europe's social support system is under pressure. The recent debt crisis and the continent's demographic changes are shaking the foundations of the EU's shared social vision. In NPR's series on Europe, a look at how governments are struggling to preserve benefits while cutting costs.
The European Union, a vision born after the devastation of World War II to unify the continent, has been rocked by the economic downturn, the debt crisis, rising nationalism and difficult issues like immigration. Can the 27-nation EU find a new sense of mission?
A handful of political prisoners were set free Saturday in Cuba. They're the first of 52 jailed government opponents the Castro government has agreed to release as part of a new dialogue with the island's Catholic Church leaders. Host Liane Hansen talks to reporter Nick Miroff in Havana about the Castro ...
In 1988, a photographer in the West Bank snapped a photo of Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a scrawny 8-year-old with tears in his eyes, hurling a rock at an Israeli tank. The photo symbolized the rage and frustration of the intifada. Now, more than 20 years later, Aburedwan has grown up to become a respected ...
Baghdad is awash in pilgrims as hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslims converge on the shrine of Imam Khadim, a revered Shiite leader, to commemorate his death in the year 799. It's the only major Shiite pilgrimage to Baghdad -- most are focused on the holy cities of Kerbala and Najaf in the south. ...
A border town that you can only reach by plane or riverboat, Iquitos is the gateway to Peru's Amazonian wilderness and/or the gateway to the outside world, depending on which way you're traveling. Once a jungle backwater, it is now a city of half a million people, drawn from the Amazon and from the far ...
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