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PI: Steve Inskeep

  • Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the weekend hosted Pakistan's President Asif Ali Azradri at a New Delhi meeting. In turn, Singh accepted an invitation to travel to Pakistan. Before that, the two nuclear-armed rivals relationship was worse than usual after Pakistani militants attacked Mumbai in 2008.
  • Activists claim Syrian paramilitaries murdered dozens of civilians in the one-time rebel stronghold of Homs. Rebels had retreated but residents and activists say pro-government militants massacred dozens of civilians.
  • Why do voters want leaders who are adaptable, but detest those who don't stick to their guns? Social science research indicates voters want compromise but only when the other side is caving in.
  • In Afghanistan, a car bomb at a U.S. airbase near the city of Jalalabad exploded, killing 9 people on Monday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. It follows deadly protests over what were said to be accidental burnings of the Quran.
  • The Obama administration generated intense opposition with a ruling that says employers must fully cover birth control in workers' health plans. There's an exception for churches that oppose contraception but no exception for large institutions like universities that are church-affiliated. Now the White House is offering "an accommodation" to the Catholic Church and other critics.
  • Activists and human rights groups in Syria contend the government has now killed hundreds of civilians in just this week alone. It's hard to verify that number, but it is clear that mortars, rockets and tanks continue firing into the city of Homs. The gunfire has served as a week-long punctuation mark on the United Nation's failure to approve a resolution against Syria.
  • Syria's government continued hammering protesters over the weekend. According to Syrian activists, the assault on the city of Homs included artillery that struck a makeshift medical clinic. The latest fighting came during the same weekend the United Nations failed to condemn Syria. Russia and China vetoed a Security Council resolution calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up power.