6:28am

Thu October 13, 2011
World

Wall Street Protests Make News Around The World

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 2:04 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's some other news we are following. The Occupy Wall Street protests have made news around the world including the state-run media in Syria. Syria, facing its own protests, is highlighting American dissatisfaction and now the U.S. Embassy in Syria has responded on its Facebook page.

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4:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Africa

Libyan Guns Pour Into Egypt, Sinai Residents Arm Themselves

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 2:04 pm

Ali Madaan, 45, is one of the Bedouin guards protecting the al-Midan station in Egypt's northern Sinai. The natural gas pipeline there has come under repeated attacks.

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

The Sinai Peninsula has proven a major security headache for Egypt's military rulers since a popular uprising ousted President Hosni Mubarak eight months ago.

Gunmen who crossed over the border into Israel from southern Sinai killed eight civilians in August. In northern Sinai, unknown assailants have repeatedly attacked a natural gas pipeline feeding Israel and Jordan.

But what ultimately may prove more problematic for Egyptian authorities is the growing number of northern Sinai residents who are arming themselves with heavy weapons coming in from Libya.

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4:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Africa

Libyan Civilians Trapped In The Battle For Sirte

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 2:04 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

Rebel fighters now control most of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown. They blasted their way into Sirte during one of the bloodiest battles of Libyan civil war with civilians caught in the middle and accusations of brutality on both sides. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro was in Sirte yesterday. And we advise you that some people will find the details of her four-minute report disturbing.

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4:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Politics

Romney Camp Is Slow To Attract Former Bush Donors

Republican donor Ray Washburne was a major contributor to George W. Bush's presidential campaign, and he was the national finance chairman for Tim Pawlenty. But when Pawlenty pulled out of the presidential race, Washburne tells Steve Inskeep that it took some time before deciding to back Mitt Romney's campaign.

4:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Economy

Pa. Capital Files For Bankruptcy

The city of Harrisburg has filed for municipal bankruptcy and is entering uncharted legal waters. Pennsylvania's capital is mired in more than $300 million of debt related to a botched trash incinerator project.

4:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Middle East

Foiled Iranian Death Plot Reads Like A Spy Novel

U.S. authorities have charged two Iranians in a plot to kill a Saudi envoy. Steve Inskeep talks to David Ignatius, a best-selling novelist and foreign policy columnist for "The Washington Post," and to Karim Sadjadpour, an expert on Iran and the Middle East with the Carnegie Endowment, about the plot which sounds like it came out of a spy novel.

4:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 2:04 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

These improvements in smartphones bring us to our last word in business: enhance it. It's a scene from countless movies and TV shows, computer experts race to analyze a blurry photograph to find a clue to catch the bad guy.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Enhance it.

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4:00am

Thu October 13, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

12:01am

Thu October 13, 2011
Economy

U.S. Banks Can't Hide From Europe's Debt Crisis

The Congressional Research Service estimated direct U.S. banking exposure in troubled European economies at $641 billion. U.S. banks say the amount is much lower.

Sandor F. Szabo iStockPhoto.com

For months now, Europe's debt crisis has hung ominously over the U.S. markets and economy. But even as U.S. banks begin lessening their investments in Europe, it remains difficult to quantify the threat they face.

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12:01am

Thu October 13, 2011
National Security

How Close Is Al-Qaida To Defeat?

Ayman al-Zawahiri (shown here in a still image posted online by al-Qaida in July) replaced Osama bin Laden at the top of al-Qaida's leadership. Some argue that eliminating a few key leaders would significantly weaken the group; others say the more dangerous threat — from al-Qaida affiliates — would be unaffected by changes in the group's core leadership.

Anonymous AP

A debate is raging in the intelligence community about what it means to defeat al-Qaida. Because America's efforts to capture or kill al-Qaida's key members have been so effective, some officials say the core group — al-Qaida's founders and longtime members hiding out in Pakistan — is near collapse.

One camp, which includes members of the Obama administration, says al-Qaida's core group is three to five members away from collapse. Others, however, say with al-Qaida affiliates gathering strength, any victory over the core will be a hollow one.

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