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WYSO-FM: Renee Montagne

  • American democracy workers are headed home from Egypt, where they had been under a travel ban.
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in London for a conference on the future of Somalia. The Horn of Africa nation has become a lawless base for al Qaida-linked terrorists with poverty-stricken civilians caught in the cross-fire. The international community is gathering to discuss ways to get to the root causes of the issues there.
  • Federal prosecutors Wednesday unveiled the most serious criminal charges yet in the West Virginia explosion that killed 29 workers. The new charges involve officials at former mine owner Massey Energy who were directly responsible for managing Upper Big Branch.
  • Ahead of Senegal's presidential elections this coming weekend, rock-throwing youth have been pouring into the streets of the capital Dakar to protest the president's desire for a third term. They say they will make Senegal ungovernable unless Abdoulaye Wade, 85, steps down.
  • GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's popularity has been surging in Michigan lately. Rival Mitt Romney, who's native state is Michigan, is trying to put a stop to that by spending more money on ads in the state.
  • All wars bring innovation — primarily in weapons and medicine. But today's conflicts are also bringing advances in house design, to accommodate wounded veterans. On an Army post in Virginia, two new houses are being hailed as breakthroughs.
  • The U.S. and NATO have pledged to stay in Afghanistan through the end of 2014 and hand off responsibility for security to Afghan troops by then. How to get to that point, though, is not clear. And recent statements by key U.S. officials have only confused things more.
  • Nineteen Americans face criminal charges in Egypt over their work for U.S. non-profit organizations. The charges are part of an escalating stand-off between Egyptian officials and the U.S. Washington sends some $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt, and U.S. lawmakers say that's in jeopardy now.
  • The Republican presidential nominating season heads into another phase this week as Colorado and Minnesota voters choose their candidates Tuesday. Over the weekend Mitt Romney scored a huge victory in the Nevada caucuses, besting his closest rival Newt Gingrich by double digits. As the Republicans battle it out, President Obama got some positive news on the economic front last week, and is seeing his polling numbers improve.
  • U.S. troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of this month, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Baghdad to mark the occasion. He said the conflict was worth the price in blood and money, as it set Iraq on a path to democracy.