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Sanctions' Squeeze On Iran Tightens

On The Radar

The squeeze on the Iranian economy due to international sanctions is turning into a stranglehold. The latest sign of Iran's economic trouble is a new drop in the country's oil output. And last week brought a new punishment: Iranian banks were barred from participating in a key international clearinghouse.
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U.S. Officials Point To Iran As Growing Threat

On The Radar

Iran is moving toward a nuclear capability, but its intentions are unclear. Al-Qaida is weakened but remains dangerous. In Afghanistan, the Taliban are a determined adversary, but it may make sense to negotiate with them.


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In Iran's Oil Gambit, EU Nations Have Much To Lose

On The Radar

The Europeans are in the midst of their most serious economic crisis in 60 years, and now they're hearing it's not just their own fate they have to consider: The whole global economy hangs in the balance. The International Monetary Fund last week warned that if Europe's problems get any worse, it could push the entire world back into recession.
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A Look Back At Bosnia, Through Angelina Jolie's Eyes

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Angelina Jolie was just 16 when the war in Bosnia began, and she acknowledges now that she paid little heed to it at the time. But as her awareness of international issues later took shape, her attention was drawn back to that Balkan conflict.
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China Reportedly Hacked Chamber Of Commerce

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that hackers in China broke into computers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, potentially accessing information about its operations and members. NPR's Tom Gjelten talks with Robert Siegel on what, if anything, the hackers could have accessed.
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White House Faces Tough Choice On Iran Sanctions

On The Radar

Let Iran off the hook or undermine the global economy? Slap sanctions on an Iranian energy company or provide Europe with an alternative to Russian gas? Washington policymaking is especially difficult when the aims conflict, and few cases illustrate that principle more clearly than the challenge of finding a way to punish Iran without hurting someone else.
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North Korea Faces 2nd Leadership Change In 60 Years

On The Radar

Intelligence analysts are scrambling to assess North Korea's designated leader Kim Jong Un, of whom very little is known. He is untested, and North Korea watchers wonder whether he will be challenged by the military or others in the leadership elite. Similar questions were raised about his father when he took over following the death of Kim Il Sung in 1994.

March 20, 2003: The Iraq War Begins

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As the U.S. officially declares the Iraq War over, and after President Barack Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on post-war relations, we look back at the beginning of the war. The hour long special edition aired on March 20, 2003, the day the Iraq War began. Joining Gwen: David Broder, Dana Priest, The Washington Post; Tom Gjelten, NPR; Richard Leiby, The Washington Post, reporting from Kuwait.

Senate Approves Sanctions On Iran

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In a clear rebuff to the Obama administration, the Senate approved a defense bill amendment for tough sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran. Administration officials are warning that the measures could undermine international cooperation against Iran.

U.S. Weighs Sanctions Targeting Iran's Central Bank

On The Radar

Iran has been dealing with economic sanctions for years, but the country could soon face measures tougher than anything it has encountered before: Legislation moving through the U.S. Congress would target the central bank of Iran, with the likely effect of severely limiting Iran's oil exports.