A drought has led to widespread hunger in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and especially Somalia. The UN has said 10 million people face severe food shortages in the region. But politics have kept food aid from reaching the hungry. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks about the challenge with Mercy Corps Co-Director of Policy and Advocacy Jeremy Konyndyk.
The Syrian government is hoping to launch a national dialogue Sunday to chart a path of reforms and bring an end to some four months of anti-government protests. But the meeting's credibility is on the line. Opposition to the meeting comes from street protesters and from Syria's traditional opposition figures. They are boycotting the meeting. Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets an update on the talks from NPR's Deborah Amos.
Fierce fighting in the western mountains of Libya has turned at least half a dozen villages into ghost towns. Some have been emptied by Moammar Gadhafi's forces, others have faced rebel retribution for being perceived as loyalists. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.
After weeks of fruitless talks, House Speaker John Boehner has thrown in the towel in the contentious fight over the federal deficit and the nation's debt limit. In a statement issued last night, Boehner said he would back down from Republican demands for $4 trillion dollars in cuts to reduce the nation's deficit in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to NPR's Mara Liasson about the weekend effort to reach an agreement and the problems it will cause in both parties.
Britain's most widely read Sunday publication, News of the World, publishes its last edition Sunday. The 168-year-old newspaper is closing in the wake of a devastating phone hacking scandal that's led to the arrest of several editors and executives. Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets reaction from NPR's David Folkenflik in London.