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PI: Steve Inskeep

  • Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the weekend hosted Pakistan's President Asif Ali Azradri at a New Delhi meeting. In turn, Singh accepted an invitation to travel to Pakistan. Before that, the two nuclear-armed rivals relationship was worse than usual after Pakistani militants attacked Mumbai in 2008.
  • Why do voters want leaders who are adaptable, but detest those who don't stick to their guns? Social science research indicates voters want compromise but only when the other side is caving in.
  • Activists claim Syrian paramilitaries murdered dozens of civilians in the one-time rebel stronghold of Homs. Rebels had retreated but residents and activists say pro-government militants massacred dozens of civilians.
  • In Afghanistan, a car bomb at a U.S. airbase near the city of Jalalabad exploded, killing 9 people on Monday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. It follows deadly protests over what were said to be accidental burnings of the Quran.
  • The Obama administration generated intense opposition with a ruling that says employers must fully cover birth control in workers' health plans. There's an exception for churches that oppose contraception but no exception for large institutions like universities that are church-affiliated. Now the White House is offering "an accommodation" to the Catholic Church and other critics.
  • Activists and human rights groups in Syria contend the government has now killed hundreds of civilians in just this week alone. It's hard to verify that number, but it is clear that mortars, rockets and tanks continue firing into the city of Homs. The gunfire has served as a week-long punctuation mark on the United Nation's failure to approve a resolution against Syria.
  • Pakistan's Supreme Court has initiated contempt of court proceedings against Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani. He is accused of defying orders to start corruption cases against high-ranking officials including President Zardari.
  • GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has developed a polished stump speech. During his events, Romney has campaigned as if President Obama is his only opponent. That tactic has forced his Republican rivals to try anything they can to knock him out of front-runner status.
  • United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa, weren't expected to produce much. But negotiators did make a deal — one that could lead to a major new climate treaty at the end of the decade.
  • A weekend of protests in Russia has forced President Dmitry Medvedev to order an investigation into allegations of electoral fraud during last week's parliamentary vote. There hasn't been demonstrations like this in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.