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Latin America

In Peruvian Election, A Stark Choice

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JACKI LYDEN, host:

Now, to Peru. Voters there go to the polls today to pick their next president in the final round of voting and the candidates couldn't be more different. One is a right-wing lawmaker and the daughter of a disgraced, jailed ex-president. The other is a left-wing former army commander who led a failed uprising against the president.

Reporter Annie Murphy is in Peru and joins us to talk about today's election. Hello, Annie.

ANNIE MURPHY: Hi, there.

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Interviews

As AIDS Turns 30, Scientists Reminisce

The disease that would come to be known as AIDS was first reported on 30 years ago. In that time, both science and perceptions have changed. Donald Abrams and Paul Volberding, among the first doctors to study the strange new disease, reflect on the disease.

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Sun June 5, 2011
Law

Report Blasts Warn On Drugs

A report issued this week by the Global Commission on Drug Policy labels the U.S. war on drugs a failure. The commission encourages countries not to think about it as a war on drugs, but about an effort than includes social and health problem as well.

8:00am

Sun June 5, 2011
Middle East

Yemen President's Exit Spurs Celebrations

Yemeni President Ali Abdulleh Saleh flew to Saudi Arabia on Saturday to be treated for injuries suffered during an attack by opposition forces on his presidential palace. The mood in the country's capital, Sanaa, is buoyant. Reporter Iona Craig offers her insight.

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Sun June 5, 2011
From Our Listeners

Letters: Hansen, Doctor, Libraries

Listeners commented on the departure of longtime Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen; the aphorisms of a Maine doctor, and on prison libraries. Jacki Lyden reads from listeners' emails.

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Sun June 5, 2011
Interviews

The Effect Of AIDS On The Arts Community

Sunday is the 30th anniversary of the first report on the condition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Author Michael Cunningham reflects on how AIDS changed the arts and the arts community.

8:00am

Sun June 5, 2011
Europe

Amid Unrest Over Austerity, Portugal Votes

Lisbon residents celebrate the St. Anthony, the city's native son. But amid the festivities, the mood in the country is inward looking.
Sylvia Poggioli NPR

Portuguese voters are going to the polls Sunday after months of economic and political disarray. Like Greece, Ireland and Spain, the country is mired in a spiraling debt crisis.

The new government will have to implement a tough austerity plan in exchange for a massive $112 billion international bailout. And the electorate's mood in Western Europe's poorest country is filled with anxiety over difficult times ahead.

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NPR Story

For Senior, A Boost From Classmates

High school graduations are always an exciting time for seniors and their families. But they can also be a difficult when the future doesn't look very clear. But one Goldsboro, N.C., senior's career goals got a boost thanks to a special gift from her classmates.

7:36am

Sun June 5, 2011
Middle East

Yemen Leader's Exit Leaves Shaky Political Ground

Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh, is recovering in a Saudi hospital, following surgery for wounds he suffered in a rocket attack on his palace Friday. Saleh, who has ruled Yemen for 33 years, left with several senior government officials who were also wounded in the attack.

Saleh's departure set off celebrations in Yemen as protesters have tried for the past four months to oust him from power. But there are concerns his absence could create a power vacuum in a country where al-Qaida has a strong base.

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