While Pakistan battles an Islamist militancy that seeks to overthrow the state, another lesser-known conflict rages on its soil. In the southwest province of Baluchistan, separatist fighters are clashing with security forces and killing anyone they see as the enemy.
Over the past couple of years, hundreds of millions of dollars have disappeared from Afghanistan's biggest private bank. Abdul Qadeer Fitrat was in charge of investigating what happened to the money at Kabul Bank. Fitrat tells Renee Montagne he resigned and fled the country because his life was in danger.
Protesters in the Syrian capital Damascus staged a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to press for democratic changes. It was the first officially-sanctioned protest in the capital, and it comes just days after the regime allowed opposition activists to meet at a Damascus hotel.
Strikes in Britain are the latest in a series of protests sweeping Europe over the imposition of tough austerity measures aimed at controlling debt and spending. The result: a crisis of confidence. The airwaves in Europe are awash with gloomy debates over whether the European Union even has a long-term future. NPR's Philip Reeves reports.
During President Obama held a news conference Wednesday, he urged lawmakers to act quickly on a deficit reduction plan, and to approve an increase in the federal debt ceiling. The debt limit must be raised by Aug. 2 or the government will risk an unprecedented default. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.