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'Deeply Humbled' Obama Visits Mandela's Former Jail Cell

"The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island, who remind us that no shackles or cells can match the strength of the human spirit," the president wrote Sunday. He also unveiled a $7 billion "Power Africa" initiative, to bring electricity to the continent.

Massive Crowds Call For Egyptian President's Ouster

The largest demonstrations so far against the Egyptian president's year-old government are being held. He says he won't give in to demands that he step down or call new elections. Some protesters, though, think Morsi will suffer the same fate as toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

A Hindu Goddess Arrives To Bless Embassy Row

A new statue outside the embassy of Indonesia in Washington, D.C., is strikingly different from the stately gentlemen depicted in most of the embassy statuary up and down Massachusetts Avenue.

Pretend Leaders Excite Palestinians' Democratic Spirit

Palestinians picked a new president this week — on a reality show, that is. Meanwhile, the real political leadership in the West Bank is in disarray, even as Secretary of State John Kerry works to restart peace negotiations.

Kabul Postcard: Newly Paved Sidewalks, A Lion On The Roof

The Afghan capital is changing so rapidly that NPR's Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry noticed a host of changes after being away for just a month.

3 Things To Know About Edward Snowden's Passenger Purgatory

From who holds the record for longest time in legal limbo to the odd circumstances surrounding a traveler's status in a transit zone, here are a few things we find interesting.
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College Student From Maryland Andrew Pochter Killed In Egypt

An Ohio college student from Chevy Chase, Md. was killed in Egypt during a clash between government supporters and opponents.


Bird On Rare Visit To U.K. Killed As Dismayed Twitchers Watch

When a white-throated needletail was spotted off the northwest coast of Scotland, dozens of enthusiasts rushed to the area. "Twitchers" is British slang for those who have a passion for spotting hard-to-find birds. But their joy turned to grief when the little bird from Asia hit a wind turbine.

American Killed At Protest In Egypt ID'd As Kenyon Student

Andrew Pochter, 21, was from Chevy Chase, Md. He was in Egypt to teach English to children. It appears he was attacked on Friday while watching an anti-government protest in Alexandria.

Mandela Is 'Inspiration To The World,' Obama Says

Using Mandela's clan name, by which the anti-apartheid hero is affectionately known, Obama hailed Madiba's "moral courage." Mandela, whose 95th birthday is less than three weeks away, is in critical condition with a lung infection. Obama is on a previously scheduled visit to South Africa.