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NPR's Don Gonyea discusses the relationship between popes and presidents with Renee Montagne. They also have the latest news on Pope Francis' remarks at the White House on Wednesday.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pardoned some 100 political prisoners, including two journalists at Al-Jazeera's English-language network. For more, Renee Montagne talks with Leila Fadel.

President Vladimir Putin says his forces are in Syria to help the country's embattled president to fight terrorists. The U.S. argues that the Syrian president is part of the problem.

Brash, biting Cookie Lyon is arguably the most compelling character on Fox's hit show Empire. The show's co-producer and writer Attica Locke says that's because we've all got a bit of Cookie in us.

Many towns in eastern Germany suffered sharp population declines after reunification as the young and educated left. One mayor hopes to rebuild his community with the help of Middle Eastern migrants.

A memo obtained by the Los Angeles Times reveals a controversial plan to put half of the city's public school kids in charter schools. Renee Montagne talks with Times education reporter Howard Blume.

The Yankees legend and Hall of Fame catcher died Tuesday at home in New Jersey. Steve Inskeep talks with Dave Kaplan, founding director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center.

One of the biggest topics President Obama is expected to discuss with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week is the hacking of U.S. companies by China. American officials say the issue threatens relations between the countries, and the U.S. is threatening to impose sanctions.

Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden, who is out among the crowds in Washington, D.C., ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the White House.

Rahm Emanuel, who was re-elected this year after a tough campaign, says the tax hike is the best way to address deep financial problems caused in part by Chicago's vastly underfunded pensions.

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