Testimony is under way in the trial of five New Orleans police officers involved in the 2005 death of two men and the wounding of four others on the city's Danziger Bridge. The U.S. Justice Department then accused the officers of covering up the crime. To learn about developments in the case and its impact on New Orleans, guest host Tony Cox speaks with ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson and Metro Crime Commission director Rafael Goyaneche.
Roger Federer was eliminated in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second straight year Wednesday, squandering a two-set lead for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament and losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
The six-time Wimbledon champion barely looked challenged while winning the first two sets against the 12th-seeded Frenchman. But Federer, who had been 178-0 in matches in which he had won the opening two sets at a major tournament, was broken one time in each of the last three sets.
Activists in a small flotilla of vessels are set to again challenge Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip, just a year after a similar attempt led to a deadly confrontation in the Mediterranean.
Eight ships and 300 activists — many of them from the U.S. — plan to set sail this week from Greece. They say they're trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the coastal territory and highlight the plight of the 1.5 million Palestinians who live there.
The sound of a crying baby on a long flight is the definition of no escape. One airline has taken a bold stance on the issue, at least for passengers it wants to baby. Malaysia Airlines doesn't have bassinettes in first class. And that means babies are banned. The airline is now adding the extra roomy super jumbo Airbus to its fleet, but says in first class, there's still no room for babies onboard.
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Derek McBride was about to marry his bride when he made a wrong step. On his wedding day the Pennsylvania man fell down the stairs, broke three ribs and suffered a collapsed lung. But the Erie Times-News reports the wedding went ahead. It was moved to the hospital chapel, which nurses decorated with balloons made out of medical gloves. The bride, Casey Messenger(ph), wore her gown and Mr. McBride wore his, the kind the opens in the back.
And let's turn now from economic to political reforms. The Syrian government insists it's ready to embrace a move towards democracy - reforms that meet the demands of protestors in the street. After months of demonstrations and cracking down hard on those protesters, a senior Syrian official says the government has gotten the message. This comes just after members of the opposition were able to meet for the first time in an officially-sanctioned gathering.
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In Afghanistan's capital Kabul tonight, a group of suicide bombers armed with heavy weapons attacked the Inter-Continental Hotel which is popular with foreigners and Afghan VIPs. Loud explosions and gunfire could be heard across the city as the battle raged for hours.
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NATO helicopters were called in to respond to the siege.
A small group of Western journalists entered Syria this weekend for the first time since the government banned them after protests began in March. NPR's Deborah Amos, who drove into the Syrian capital from neighboring Lebanon, talks with guest host Susan Stamberg about the mood there and what she observed along the road in.