Marine Lt. Phillip Baki visits with an Afghan police officer, Abdul Karim
(Sean Carberry/NPR)
March 11, 2013

With Withdrawal Looming, U.S. Troops Shift Their Aim

The NATO campaign is now in a new phase. After years of fighting the Taliban and bolstering anemic local governance, NATO troops are handing those responsibilities over to the Afghans.


Cardinals gathered in Vatican City on Monday, a day before the papal selection process known as the conclave begins.
(Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
March 11, 2013

A Rough Guide to The Papal Conclave

The stage is now set for the opening act of one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet: the election of a pope.


Uhuru Kenyatta
(Jerome Delay/AP)
March 09, 2013

Kenya: Kenyatta Wins With Slim Majority

Uhuru Kenyatta — the son of Kenya's founding father and a man accused by an international court of helping orchestrate the vicious violence that marred the nation's last vote — was certified as the winner on Saturday of Kenya's presidential election by the slimmest majority — 50.07 percent.


March 09, 2013

Afghan Bombers Strike During Hagel Visit

Militants staged two deadly suicide attacks Saturday to mark the first full day of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit to Afghanistan, a fresh reminder that insurgents continue to fight and challenges remain as the U.S.-led NATO force hands over the country's security to the Afghans.


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