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  • In Surprise, Iraq May Enforce Withdrawal Deadline
    Starting his second term, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is talking tough on the final withdrawal of American troops, scheduled for the end of 2011. That development might force plans to be redrawn -- many had assumed that the withdrawal would be renegotiated.
  • Egypt's Coptic Church Protests Discrimination
    In Egypt, the divide between Muslims and Christians took a violent turn over the weekend with a deadly bombing of a Coptic Christian Church in the coastal city of Alexandria. The suicide attack is not the first, but it's the worst attack against the country's minority Christian population in a decade.
  • Yuri Shevchuk: Russia's Musical Advocate For Democracy
    Within Russia's borders, DDT's Yuri Shevchuk is bigger than Bono. Shevchuk has often engaged in Russian politics by attending rallies or peace demonstrations. But many in Russia see his frustration now reaching the boiling point: He's fed up that so few people are speaking out.
  • Arkansas Mysteries: Why Did Thousands Of Fish, Birds Die?
    There's no evidence connecting the two incidents, which happened more than 100 miles apart. The birds may have been hit by lightning or shocked by fireworks. Disease is suspected in the death of the fish.
  • In London, A Case Study In Opinionated Press
    Most mainstream American news organizations promise to report "without fear or favor," but many Americans still see the media as biased. So what might it look like if American newspapers openly embraced an ideology, like they do in the U.K.? NPR's David Folkenflik goes to London to find out.
  • Versailles Takes On A New Role: Luxury Hotel
    France's Palace of Versailles, famed for its Hall of Mirrors and home to the French monarchy since Louis the XIV, is a monument to France's royal grandeur and absolutism past. But this most cherished of cultural museums may soon house a chic five-star hotel.
  • Groups Challenge Shell Oil's Clean Air Permits
    Environmental groups and Native Americans are enjoying what they consider a small victory in their battle to stop Shell Oil from drilling exploratory wells in the Arctic off Alaska's coast. Shell wants to drill this year. But an EPA appeals board has found regulators did not adequately consider the impact that air pollutants from the drilling operations would have on nearby communities.
  • Greece Turns Against Migrants As Economy Collapses
    Greece has relied on low-cost illegal migrant labor for years, especially during the building boom associated with the 2004 Olympic Games. But now the Greek economy has collapsed, and the country has turned against the migrants.
  • Republicans Need To Explain Economic Specifics
    The 112th Congress convenes for the first time Wednesday. Republicans now hold the majority in the House, and gained seats in the Senate. What does that means for economic policy? David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about the economic agenda of the new Congress.
  • Fashion-Forward 3D Glasses Could Help TV Sales
    Samsung and LG have teamed up with European designers and are offering fashionable 3D glasses. They're lighter and more comfortable.

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