Amid growing fears of a potential genocide, the U.N. has approved military intervention in the former French colony. Muslim fighters staged a coup in March in the majority Christian nation. The fighting has displaced an estimated 400,000 people.
A Radio Diaries documentary offers a window into South Africa's half-century-long struggle for democracy through rare sound recordings of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela — and those who fought with and against him.
This week in The Hague, representatives from around the world met at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Wepaons. High on the agenda has been exactly how to dispose of Syria's chemical weapons. As NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports, a plan to destroy them aboard a US ship is starting to take. It's ambitious, complex and it needs to work.