Sports
5:27 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Turkey Bans Men From Some Soccer Games

If a team's fans have been sanctioned for unruly behavior, the new no-man policy applies. Women and children get free admission. The rule may be working. Some 40,000 women and children packed a stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday. One player said, "It was such a fun and pleasant atmosphere."

Around the Nation
4:23 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Repeal Day Marks The End Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

"Don't ask, don't tell" is no more. The policy barred openly gay, lesbian or bisexual people from serving in the military. Gay rights groups held Repeal Day celebrations across the country. One celebration took place in New York City at the historic Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement.

Business
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Middle East
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

U.N. Membership Could Give Palestinians A Diplomatic Tool

Palestinians say they are undeterred and plan to seek full U.N. membership as a state on territories Israel occupied in the 1967 war. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to present his application when he speaks to the U.N. on Friday. The issue is dominating high level meetings as countries scramble to try to revive a peace process that has failed for decades.

Europe
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

What Would A Greek Default Mean To Europe?

Financial analysts speculate that Greece will default on some, or all, of its national debt. NPR's Philip Reeves reports on the likely international impact of such a default, particularly if Greece is forced to leave the group of countries using the euro currency.

Europe
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Speculation Grows That Greece Will Default On Its Debts

Greek leaders yesterday held a second telephone conference with the IMF, the European Union and the European Central bank. Greece is hoping for approval of the next scheduled payment of bailout money. There is growing speculation that Greece will default on its debts. The only questions are how and when, and if Greece can still stay within the eurozone.

Business
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Senate Panel Delves Into Whether Google Stifles Competition

Google CEO Eric Schmidt testifies before a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. The panel is examining whether the Internet giant is stifling competition. The European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have opened inquiries into Google's business practices.

Business
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Business News

David Greene has business news.

Middle East
3:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Middle East Abuzz With Talk Of Statehood Bid

The uncertainty surrounding the Palestinian's bid for statehood has kicked up mixed feelings in the West Bank and Israel. Far away from the posturing and news stories, ordinary Palestinians and Israelis have their own thoughts on the idea.

Author Interviews
11:01 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

In Taseer's 'Noon', Fictional Violence Is All Too Real

Aatish Taseer is also the author of the novel The Temple-goers, and Stranger to History: A Son's Journey through Islamic Lands.
Harikrishna Katragadda

In the span of less than a year, Aatish Taseer's father was killed and his brother was kidnapped. His father, a politician, was slain by a religious fundamentalist in January. His brother, a businessman, was kidnapped in Lahore in August and hasn't been heard from since.

Taseer writes about this kind of violent and turbulent Pakistan in his new novel, Noon. It takes place in fictional Port bin Qasim, a city beset by Islamic extremism:

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