Middle East
7:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Protest Roil Alexandria Before Egyptian Elections

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 10:51 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. In Egypt today, protests are continuing ahead of tomorrow's parliamentary elections, the first since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak and his replacement by a military council. The turmoil is not limited to Cairo. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is in the city of Alexandria and she joins us now. Welcome, Soraya.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Audie.

CORNISH: Describe the mood today in Alexandria.

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Research News
7:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

An Amnesia Patient's Strange Power Of Recall

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 10:51 am

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Latin America
7:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Mexican Drug Violence Spilling Into Central America

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 10:51 am

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The spillover effects of Mexico's drug war are taking a grim toll in Central America. The region has the highest homicide rate in the world, according to a new U.N. report, as traffickers move more and more U.S.-bound cocaine through Central America's struggling and weak states.

Nick Miroff has this story from Honduras, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

NICK MIROFF, BYLINE: Operation Lightning is Honduras's response to the murder problem.

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Latin America
7:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

ICC Called To Investigate Mexican President

A group of human rights activists in Mexico has asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate President Felipe Calderon in connection with the deadly war on drug cartels. The complaint, spearheaded by human rights lawyer Netzai Sandoval, claims war crimes have occurred. The complaint was filed a day after two dozen bodies were found dumped in Guadalajara. NPR's Jason Beaubien has more.

Law
4:32 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Beyond Fighting Crime, FBI Reaches Out To Victims

Students sit at the Virginia Tech campus on April 18, 2007, two days after a student killed 32 people and himself. FBI victim specialists span out to help in the wake of crimes like the Virginia Tech massacre.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 4:57 pm

When FBI agents arrive at the scene of a shooting or a terrorist attack, there's often someone else standing in the background. It's a representative from the FBI's Office for Victim Assistance, there to help people suffering in the aftermath of a disaster.

The planning for those unfortunate days starts here, in a windowless conference room in the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building, where seven serious-looking people are sitting around a table.

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Education
4:31 am
Sun November 27, 2011

In Tenn., A Possible Model For Higher Education

The typical college student today isn't "typical" anymore: Only 1 in 4 lives on campus and studies full time.

But part-timers and commuter students are much less likely to finish — most part-time students are still without a degree or a certificate after eight years. Higher education is desperately looking for strategies that improve those numbers. There might be one in Tennessee.

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Ron Paul
4:30 am
Sun November 27, 2011

New Hampshire Takes Another Look At Ron Paul

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is surrounded by supporters after speaking at a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H., on Monday.
Cheryl Senter AP

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 7:58 pm

In this presidential cycle, as in the last, there is no question which Republican candidate has the most ardent supporters: Ron Paul, the 76-year-old Texas congressman whose brand of libertarianism often puts him at odds with all of his rivals. But with less than seven weeks to go for the nation's first primary, there are signs that Paul could surprise people.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is sitting pretty in New Hampshire, where he has been the front-runner all year, so whoever comes in second in the Granite State isn't doing too shabbily.

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Technology
2:17 pm
Sat November 26, 2011

War By Remote Control: Drones Make It Easy

From his spot beneath a replica of the famous Wright Military Flyer in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Peter Singer is reminded of a modern military drone.

"The story of manned airplanes is a great parallel to what's happening now with unmanned airplanes," he tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin.

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The Impact of War
2:00 pm
Sat November 26, 2011

Marine's Life Forever Altered By War

Andrew Robinson was injured by a roadside bomb during his second deployment to Iraq. Now a quadriplegic, he says he is learning how to use his limited mobility and is proud of having protected his fellow soldiers. He is especially motivated because his wife is expecting twins next month.

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