Obama Opens New Round Of Mideast Peace Talks
President Obama opened a new round of Middle East peace talks at the White House on Wednesday. He's holding bilateral meetings with the leaders of Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. The president's goal is to start a process that will ultimately resolve the big issues -- settlements, borders, Jerusalem, refugees -- so that a two-state solution can be implemented. For more, Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Mara Liasson.
Corruption Allegations Surround Kabul Bank
The Central Bank of Afghanistan has taken over the country's leading private bank amid a new corruption scandal involving allies of President Hamid Karzai. For more, NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Joshua Partlow of the Washington Post.
Forgiveness In Fla.: Reconciling After GOP Primary
Florida's Republican primary race for governor was a divisive one, and the Democratic candidate, Alex Sink, has been using it to her advantage. Now the GOP nominee, Rick Scott, is reaching out to former foes to create a united front. But some GOP leaders, including his former opponent, have not yet come on board.
The Saudi Prince, The Mosque And Fox News
The parent company of Fox News shares a financial backer with the imam who is at the center of the firestorm over the proposed construction of an Islamic center in New York City. The second-largest holder of voting stock in News Corp. is Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. Waleed has given generously to initiatives pursued by the imam of the proposed center.
Letters: Iraq, USS Kirk
Listeners respond to Tuesday's coverage of the formal end to U.S. combat operations in Iraq, and our story about the USS Kirk -- the site of a dramatic rescue in the days before the Fall of Saigon in 1975. NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read from listeners' e-mails.
At War's End, U.S. Ship Rescued South Vietnam's Navy
On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War officially ended. U.S. Navy ships involved in evacuating Americans and Vietnamese were steaming away from Vietnam — except one. The USS Kirk got a mysterious order to head back. Its mission? To lead the remnants of the South Vietnamese navy to safety.
Women's Salaries Back On Top For Younger Set
Unmarried women between the ages of 22 and 30 are making 8 percent more than men in the same demographic, according to a new analysis of government data by a private research firm. It's partly because more women are college educated. But overall, women still make less than men.
New Oval Office Rug, Made In America
NPR's Melissa Block talks to Rich Ruggeri, vice president and co-owner of Scott Group Custom Carpets of Grand Rapids, Mich. -- a carpet manufacturer that made President Obama's new Oval Office rug. Scott Group also made President Clinton's Oval Office rug. Ruggeri says every aspect of the rug, including the wool and the cotton backing, were made in America.
U.S. Changes Military Commanders In Iraq
At a ceremony at Saddam Hussein's once-glorious Al Faw Palace, Operation Iraqi Freedom officially ends, and Operation New Dawn begins. Gen. Ray Odierno handed over command of all U.S. forces in Iraq to General Lloyd Austin, who headed the 10th Mountain, 18th Airborne, and was chief of staff at Centcom.
A Look At Life In Iraq, Beyond Baghdad
When we hear about life in Iraq these days, often, we hear only the perspective from Baghdad. For a look at what life is like for Iraqis outside the capital, NPR's Melissa Block talks to Zaid Al-Ali, a former legal adviser in Iraq for the United Nations.