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Last week, Iran's president vowed to protect Shiite holy sites in Iraq, but will that be possible in the midst of a civil war? NPR's Scott Simon talks to Karim Hendili, an Arab specialist for UNESCO.

The U.S. can't do much in Iraq without support from the Saudis, Emiratis and other regional players, as international correspondent Jackie Northam tells NPR's Scott Simon.

San Francisco officials approved $76 million to install suicide prevention nets around the Golden Gate Bridge. NPR's Scott Simon notes that last year a record 46 people jumped to their deaths.

Saturday marks 100 years since the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Ari Shapiro about how Sarajevans are commemorating the event.

To put a literary spin on the Supreme Court's recent decision to limit warrantless cellphone searches, author Craig Morgan Teicher turns to A.R. Ammons' book of poetry, Tape for the Turn of the Year.

Earlier this week, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints excommunicated an advocate for female priesthood. This weekend, a Utah man who questioned church doctrine might face a similar fate.

Europeans throw away about 90 million tons of food each year. A new German website aims to ratchet that number down a bit by connecting people with leftovers to spare with people who could use them.

"I'm not predicting that it's entirely impossible that we would at any point act collaboratively with Iran," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tells NPR.

Archbishop Emil Nona, the head of the Chaldean church in Mosul, Iraq, was out of town when ISIS captured his city. Now, he is going back to Mosul, as are some 50 Christian families. He knows the dangers, but he says he must tend his flock.

Thousands of foreign fighters are joining the fighting in Iraq and Syria. According to U.S. intelligence officials, the flow of foreign fighters includes a hefty contingent from the West. Why are so many Westerners are going, and will they bring the violence they learned abroad back home?

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