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2:49pm

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Confirms She Is Pregnant

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy waits for the spouses of the Heads of Delegation participating in the G8 Summit in May. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, confirmed to the press her pregnancy and first child together with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Franck Prevel Getty Images

We'll get back to the serious stuff in a bit. But first: After months of speculation, France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has confirmed that she is with child.

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12:43pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Africa

Celebratory South Sudan Prepares For Independence

A Sudanese man holds the flag of South Sudan.
Phil Moore AFP/Getty Images

It is not often the world welcomes a brand new nation into its fold. But that will be the case on Saturday, when South Sudan becomes the United Nations' 193rd member and the African Union's 54th.

Independence comes after a bitter and long-fought conflict against Sudan's north, which left the south marginalized, underdeveloped and facing huge challenges — and the specter of more fighting.

But in Juba, the new capital, South Sudan is preparing to celebrate.

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8:00am

Sun July 3, 2011
Europe

DSK Case Crumbles; Will France's Sexism Debate Be Next?

There was plenty of dialogue about the treatment of women in France following the sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Now that the case against the former IMF chief appears to be unraveling, many women fear the soul-searching will not continue. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports.

8:00am

Sat July 2, 2011
Europe

In France, The Strauss-Kahn Uproar Gets Even Louder

The case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has riveted France. His arrest sparked a national debate about the treatment of women and the role of the media. It also upended French politics, as prior to his arrest, Strauss-Kahn was seen as a potential challenger in next year's presidential election. Host Scott Simon speaks to Le Monde Senior Editor Sylvie Kauffmann about how the French are reacting to the latest developments in the case.

2:59pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Europe

For Strauss-Kahn, Fresh Political Hope (Perhaps)

Originally published on Sat July 2, 2011 5:58 am

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves a hearing at New York State Supreme Court on Friday after being released on his own recognizance. Many wonder whether Strauss-Kahn, once a strong contender to become France's next president, can make a political comeback.
Mario Tama Getty Images

France once again woke up to stunning news about Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Because of his accuser's lack of credibility in several areas, New York prosecutors no longer think they have a solid case against the French politician.

Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, had been under house arrest while fighting the charge that he sexually assaulted a hotel housekeeper in May. Friday, after prosecutors said they had found inconsistencies in his accuser's story, he was released on his own recognizance (though he must stay in the U.S.).

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