World

12:50am

Thu June 7, 2012
Revolutionary Road Trip

Tunisia's Leader: Activist, Exile And Now President

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:26 pm

Moncef Marzouki, the president of Tunisia, photographed in the presidential palace.
John W. Poole NPR

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road Trip across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves as they write new social rules, rebuild their economies and establish new political systems. Steve and his team are traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya and on to Egypt's megacity of Cairo. In Tunisia, he sat down with the country's new president, Moncef Marzouki.

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2:50pm

Wed June 6, 2012
Europe

Spain Needs Cash, But Please Don't Call It A Bailout

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:29 pm

A Spanish protester bangs on a pot outside the offices of Bankia in Madrid. Spain's banks are hurting and in need of an infusion of capital.
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez Getty Images

Spain's banks are struggling and the country's leaders are sending mixed signals about whether they can afford to rescue them, or whether they'll need to ask for outside help.

But one thing is clear: Spanish leaders are trying to avoid calling any potential rescue plan a bailout.

Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos dismisses talk of a bailout for Spanish banks.

"We'll make whatever decisions we need in the future," De Guindos told reporters in Brussels. And that won't be for weeks, after audits of Spanish banks, he said.

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10:25am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Barbara Walters Apologizes For Trying To Help Assad Aide

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 11:18 am

Barbara Walters attends the "Today" show 60th anniversary celebration at the Edison Ballroom in New York in January.
Evan Agostini AP

The television journalist Barbara Walters apologized yesterday after leaked emails showed that she offered to help an aide to Syrian President Bashar Assad land a job in the U.S. after the aide helped Walters secure an interview with the despot.

The AP reports:

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5:43am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Suicide Bombers Strike In Afghanistan; More Than 20 Civilians Killed

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:48 am

An Afghan man inspects a motorcycle used in today's suicide attack near Kandahar.
AFP/Getty Images

At least 22 people were killed and another 50 wounded in southern Afghanistan today when three suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market near the Kandahar Air Field used by U.S. and coalition forces.

Most of the victims were Afghan civlians, officials tell the BBC.

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12:55am

Wed June 6, 2012
Latin America

Female Presidential Candidate Blazes Trail In Mexico

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 10:07 am

Josefina Vazquez Mota, presidential candidate from the ruling National Action Party, or PAN, delivers a speech during an electoral rally in Jocotepec, in the state of Jalisco, in May.
AFP/Getty Images/PAN Press Office

When Mexicans go to the polls on July 1 to choose their next president, a woman will be among the candidates, the first from a major political party. She belongs to the National Action Party — or PAN — the party of current President Felipe Calderon.

On a recent visit to the Mexican border city of Juarez, Josefina Vazquez Mota steps onto a catwalk that juts into the center of a long banquet hall crammed with table after table of women. When she speaks, they cheer.

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