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In Afghanistan's capital Kabul tonight, a group of suicide bombers armed with heavy weapons attacked the Inter-Continental Hotel which is popular with foreigners and Afghan VIPs. Loud explosions and gunfire could be heard across the city as the battle raged for hours.
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NATO helicopters were called in to respond to the siege.
A small group of Western journalists entered Syria this weekend for the first time since the government banned them after protests began in March. NPR's Deborah Amos, who drove into the Syrian capital from neighboring Lebanon, talks with guest host Susan Stamberg about the mood there and what she observed along the road in.
Two nuclear power plants in Nebraska, 100 miles apart, are completely surrounded by water. The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission visited each Monday for a firsthand inspection. While officials at both plants assure area residents they are safe, critics point to a history of problems and wonder if the facilities are prepared for Missouri floodwaters that have not yet peaked.
On Wednesday, Budapest, Hungary will unveil a second statue of Ronald Reagan, the nation's 40th president. As the AP reports, Reagan never visited the country, but his efforts against communism have endeared him to its citizens. The AP adds: