A Somali refugee woman carries a bag of food aid at the entrance to the registration area of the Dadaab refugee settlement in Kenya. While refugees receive international humanitarian aid, local Kenyans fighting drought get sacks of rice, beans and oil from the government.
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Thousands of refugees continue to flee drought, famine and conflict in Somalia, seeking shelter and food in neighboring Kenya. But Kenya too is suffering from drought in the arid and semi-arid north of the country.
The northeastern Kenyan town of Dadaab is already home to more than 400,000 Somali refugees. Many younger Somalis have never been to Somalia or have spent almost their entire lives in the refugee camps in Kenya. In the past few weeks, thousands more Somalis have crossed the border to escape hunger and famine at home.
From the Midwest to the Northeast, a brutal heat wave has pushed temperatures above 100 degrees in many areas this weekend. On Friday, more than 130 million people were living under a heat advisory. But while most people were moaning about the oppressive, humid heat, some were finding fun ways to stay cool.
Congress is scrambling for a deal Sunday for raising the debt ceiling. Economists warn that if no deal is struck, the U.S. economy could be hit hard. NPR's Andrea Seabrook talks with host Guy Raz from the Capitol.
The debt ceiling clock is ticking, and Democrats and Republicans are still struggling to come up with a solution in Washington, D.C. If no deal is struck, the creditworthiness of the United States could be at stake. NPR's Scott Horsely talks with host Guy Raz from the White House.
Wedding bells are ringing across New York state for hundreds of gay and lesbian couples as the law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect Sunday. The first wedding happened just after midnight in Niagara Falls. In New York City, more than 800 couples planned to tie the knot, even as opponents of same-sex marriage vowed to continue their fight. From New York, NPR's Joel Rose reports.
From left, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso participate in a news conference after eurozone leaders agreed on a second bailout package for Greece.
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While the U.S. seems to be walking into a sovereign debt crisis, European countries are trying desperately to avoid one.
"What we have is a bunch of really idiotic kabuki theater going on in Washington and a bunch of politicians playing around with a ridiculous debt ceiling which shouldn't exist in the first place," Reuters blogger Felix Salmon tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. "And that's pure politics. What we're seeing in Europe is real, undeniable economics."
Iran says the killing of a young scientist Saturday was a "U.S.-Zionist terrorist act."
Darioush Rezai-Nejad, 35, was gunned down in Tehran on Saturday by assailants who also wounded his wife, according to state-run Iranian media.
A number of Iranian nuclear scientists have been attacked in recent years, but officials said in this case there may have been a mistake. Official media said Rezai-Nejad, a promising graduate student, may have been killed because his name is similar to another scientist, who does work on Iran's nuclear program.