March 4, 2013 Irom Sharmila hasn't eaten on her own since November 2000. She is protesting against an Indian law that suspends human rights guarantees in conflict-ridden parts of the country. The government force-feeds her through a tube.
March 4, 2013 Horse meat may strike horror in Great Britain. But in Kazakhstan, horseflesh isn't just acceptable, it's a traditional treat. Visitors can eat spicy horse meat sausage and drink fermented mare's milk — the same fare that fueled Genghis Khan's marauding army as it swept across the steppe.
March 4, 2013 Every Friday, protesters in Kafr Nabl, a small town in northwest Syria, take to the streets with posters offering their witty and sarcastic take on the state of the uprising. The town is attracting young Syrians from all over the country who are calling for a secular, democratic state.
March 4, 2013 The rodents have been a big problem in Iran's capital for years. Efforts to poison them may have run their course. So, according to local reports, sniper teams have been deployed. Some of their targets are quite large — weighing about 11 pounds.
March 4, 2013 Iran is often portrayed as dangerous, violent and politically unstable. But that's only one side of the story. Art, technology and culture are central to Persian identity. The new digital book The Persian Square shows surprising ties between Iran and the U.S. Host Michel Martin speaks with author and NPR Senior Producer Iran Davar Ardalan.
March 4, 2013 The head of France's joint chiefs of staff says he thinks one of the leaders, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, is probably dead, but he's less certain about Mokhtar Belmokhtar. The government of Chad over the weekend said the leaders had been killed in fighting in Mali.
March 4, 2013 The 86-year-old monarch was taken to a London hospital over the weekend to be treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis.
March 4, 2013 The former basketball star says despite an atrocious human rights record and threats to destroy the U.S., Kim Jong Un is humble, peaceful and loved by his people.
March 4, 2013 The College of Cardinals must first decide on a date for the start of the conclave at which the new pope will be elected. It's likely they'll decide to start sometime next week. Pope Benedict XVI officially stepped down last Thursday.
March 4, 2013 The College of Cardinals is holding its first official meetings Monday at the Vatican. Some want the conclave to start as soon as possible; others want time to get to know each other. The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has posed challenges for the cardinals as they set out to choose the next pope.