Bahrain officially ended a period of martial law this week after mass uprisings nearly shut down the country in February and March. But armored vehicles still patrol the streets, military courts are still in place, and hundreds of people remain in detention. Among the detainees are elected officials, opposition members and even doctors who are accused of treating protesters. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports on how the detention of the upper-middle class is broadening the opposition, not suppressing it.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is scheduled to be arraigned next week on charges he sexually assaulted a maid in a Manhattan hotel. Mary Louise Kelly talks with Sean Gardiner of "The Wall Street Journal," who's been covering the case.
China has rejected allegations of involvement in a cyber-spying campaign targeting the Google e-mail accounts of top U.S. officials, military personnel and journalists. In an Op Ed in a Party-run newspaper, two strategists from the Chinese military, without mentioning Google's recent claims, wrote that China must make mastering cyber warfare a military priority as the Internet becomes the crucial battleground for opinion and intelligence.
Flood waters around the South Dakota capital of Pierre are rising and they're about to get much higher. The dams along the Missouri River can't hold back a massive surge of water spurred by record rains in Montana.
The Army Corps of Engineers is about to open those dams to record flows. Residents are hoping that temporary levees will keep them from loosing their homes and businesses.
There are advantages to having a mobile home. If your neighborhood is about to flood, just pull up a truck and move the house, unless that is, your trailer gets stuck in the mud.
In the 1870s, an Emperor and a Baron undertook the remaking of Paris: Napoleon III and Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann's urban renewal project converted clusters of medieval warrens into the Paris we know today, with its grand boulevards and rows of handsome buildings. Impressionist painters showed that new Paris on their canvases — but one of them had a very different perspective.
How did people come to such wildly different conclusions about American aid to Pakistan?
Some Americans seem to have concluded it's a waste of $20 billion. Yet in Lahore, the Pakistani newspaper editor Najam Sethi suggested to me that Pakistan has hardly received any help at all. "It's peanuts," Sethi said.
The answer lies in the incredible complexity of Pakistan, as well as the complexity of sending aid halfway around the world. Nothing about the story is as simple as it seems.
Back in the 1930s, Martin Levin went to college to become a teacher. That's where he met a classmate that he didn't like.
"There was a girl in the class that I was in who was the most obnoxious, most difficult, and most awful person I've ever met in my life," he recently told his granddaughters Zoe Crowe and Jennifer Goebel.
And the young woman even went out of her way to cause trouble for Levin.