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  • Greek Prime Minister Struggles To Retain Power
    Prime Minister George Papandreou has backed down from a referendum on the European Union bailout package and he faces a vote of confidence Friday. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells host Steve Inskeep his future is uncertain.
  • Europe's Debt Dominates G-20 Summit
    At the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, Europe's leaders are trying to reassure their colleagues that they have control of the debt crisis. While the G-20 would have preferred a broad agenda, Europe's troubles have overshadowed everything else. Host Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Eric Westervelt.
  • Afghan Security Under Attack As Troops Leave
    The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan met in Istanbul Tuesday to discuss how to stabilize Afghanistan as foreign troops leave. A suicide attack in Kabul Saturday left 13 NATO forces dead, part of a string of recent violence. Host Renee Montagne speaks with Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation about the state of security.
  • Crossing The Border: A Case For Legalizing Drugs
    Commentator Austin Bay, a lifelong Texas resident, has seen the ravages of the drug trade worsening on the border for decades. A retired military intelligence expert and conservative blogger, he now takes the position that the drug wars can't be ended without decriminalizing the drugs crossing the border.
  • Jury Begins Deliberating Fate Of Jackson's Doctor
    Lawyers have given their closing arguments in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. The jury begins deliberations Friday.
  • Details Unearthed On America's 'Ally From Hell'
    A story in The Atlantic uncovers new information about the alliance between the United States and Pakistan, including a move by Pakistan to disperse its nuclear weapons in civilian vehicles after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Host Steve Inskeep speaks to the author, Jeffrey Goldberg, about what's been discovered.
  • Pakistan, India Trade Deal Sprouts New Possibility
    Pakistan has opened the door to billions of dollars worth of new trade with India. The decision might help reduce political and military tensions between the two rival nations.
  • Revitalizing Pakistan's Swat Valley
    Swat Valley was once Pakistan's premier vacation spot. The area is trying to regain its appeal after regional conflict and massive floods. Co-hosts Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report on an effort underway to rebuild Swat Valley's economy.
  • Deal Website Groupon To Go Public
    One of the most eagerly anticipated share offerings of the year is set for Friday. The internet daily deal site Groupon plans to sell some shares in an initial public offering. The IPO is priced at $20 a share. Investors are watching to see if the market sends that price soaring, as it has with other dot-com IPOs.
  • Airline Prices Stay Up Despite Fewer Travelers
    The airline industry expects that fewer Americans will travel by air this year over the Thanksgiving holiday. The still-sluggish economy is lessening demand for air travel, but it's not dropping prices. Those who do fly for Thanksgiving will still find their flights packed.

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