This week, a dry cleaner opened in the ruined Somali capital of Mogadishu. It's the first dry cleaner, according to the BBC, in the 25 years since the city has been overrun by warlords and al-Qaida-linked militants.
Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan meets in Washington with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday. He wants the U.S. to buy into his latest effort to promote peace in Syria. Annan says there must be consequences for the Syrian government for not implementing the previous peace plan.
Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep is continuing a road trip through nations of the Arab Spring. As he prepared to travel from Tunisia into Libya, he spoke with a journalist who's covered Libya for years. Lindsey Hilsum is the author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution.
Russia said recently it's not wedded to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad but that it wants to see Syrians come up with their own solution to the crisis there. Russia has been against foreign intervention in Syria from the beginning. David Greene talks to George Mason University's Mark Katz about whether Russia could be poised to change its position on Syria.
It's been a roller coaster week for Spain, amid speculation that it can't afford to rescue its troubled banks and might need European aid. Spain held a successful bond auction Thursday, but shortly afterward, the Fitch ratings agency downgraded the country's credit rating.
The deadline is approaching for candidates in Venezuela to register if they want to run for president. Incumbent Hugo Chavez is expected to register on Monday. He's had multiple surgeries for cancer and hasn't been seen in public for some time. Chavez's main challenger is expected to be 39-year-old Henrique Capriles.
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