2:46am

Sat November 12, 2011
Middle East

In Arab States, It's Good To Be The King

Jordan's King Abdullah II prepares to address parliament on Oct. 26. Like other Arab monarchs, the king has introduced limited changes in response to the uprisings in the Arab world this year.
Khalil Mazraawi AFP/Getty Images

Three Arab autocrats who ruled their countries for decades have been ousted from power this year, and others are in danger of being overthrown. Yet no king or emir has suffered such a fate.

Protests have taken place in countries ruled by monarchs, including Bahrain, which had widespread demonstrations last spring. And after protests in Morocco and Jordan, the kings offered up limited political changes that have, at least for now, staved off any real threat to their rule.

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12:51am

Sat November 12, 2011
Africa

Families Of Prisoners Pressure Libya's New Leaders

A woman outside the Hudba el-Gassi compound in Tripoli, Libya, holds up a sign asking, "Where's my father?" Once a military police base, Hudba el-Gassi is now a makeshift prison for regime loyalists and others rounded up by armed militiamen.
Sean Carberry NPR

In the new Libya, uncertainty is the one certainty.

Contradictions and conspiracies proliferate faster than street demonstrations now that the iron fist of dictator Moammar Gadhafi's regime has been lifted.

Among those searching for answers are relatives of prisoners locked away by various revolutionary military councils. Some of the prisoners are former Gadhafi loyalists with blood on their hands. But family members say others were seized for motives of revenge.

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12:06am

Sat November 12, 2011
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Kirsten Dunst, Darrell Hammond

Originally published on Sat November 12, 2011 12:22 pm

Kirsten Dunst plays Justine, whose well-planned wedding takes place as a planet called Melancholia heads directly towards Earth.
Magnolia Pictures

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.

One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music, since April 2011.

6:06pm

Fri November 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Rights Group Accuses Syria Of Crimes Against Humanity

Pro-democracy protesters, holding a huge pre-Baath era Syrian flag outside the Arab league headquarters in Cairo on November 2, 2011.
MOHAMMED HOSSAM MOHAMMED HOSSAM/AFP/Getty Images

Human Rights Watch today accused the Syrian government of committing crimes against humanity during its crackdown on the restive central region of Homs. The rights group called on the Arab League, scheduled to meet in Cairo tomorrow, to suspend Syria's membership in the organization.

"The systematic nature of abuses against civilians in Homs by Syrian government forces, including torture and unlawful killings, indicate that crimes against humanity have been committed," Human Rights Watch said in their 63-page report released today.

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5:54pm

Fri November 11, 2011
The Two-Way

The Video Game 'Call Of Duty' Sets Sales Record

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 5:57 pm

A customer buys a copy of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" for the Xbox 360 during a launch event for the highly anticipated video game.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Here's today's stunning figure: The video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sold about 6.5 million copies the first day it went on sale. According to Activision Blizzard, which released the numbers today, that adds up to more than $400 million in sales in North America and the U.K.

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5:30pm

Fri November 11, 2011
The Record

'Stairway To Heaven' Turns 40: Celebrate With 7 Covers

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 4:25 pm

Heart's Nancy Wilson onstage in 1983, looking very Jimmy Page.
Paul Natkin WireImage

5:06pm

Fri November 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Occupy Oakland Movement Tries To Regroup After Shooting

An Occupy Oakland demonstrator lights a candle after a man was shot and killed near the Occupy Oakland camp.
Kimihiro Hoshino AFP/Getty Images

Is it fair to blame the Occupy Oakland encampment for a murder on its doorstep?

That's the question everyone's debating today here in Oakland, after a young African-American man was gunned down by the campsite Thursday at about 5 p.m.

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4:52pm

Fri November 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Partnership To Build Home for Disabled Vet

Former Miss America, Heather French-Henry's Veterans Foundation is helping the Lexington Home Builders Association, the city, and other charitable groups construct a new home for a deserving, disabled veteran.
Alan Lytle

A newly announced public / private partnership will soon provide one local disabled veteran and his or her family with a brand new place to live. The Lexington Home Builders Association will construct a house in the Equestrian View neighborhood in downtown's historic East End. It'll be paid for through a Hope VI federal grant administered by the Lexington Housing Authority.

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4:38pm

Fri November 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Penn State Assistant Coach McQueary Put On Leave

Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary.
Chris Gardner Getty Images

Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will not be at Saturday's game against Nebraska. During a press conference, Rod Erickson, the school's interim president, announced that McQueary had been placed under administrative leave.

As we had reported, the school said yesterday McQueary would not be at the game because it had received "multiple threats" against him.

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