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Kelly McEvers

Kelly McEvers is a two-time Peabody Award-winning journalist and former host of NPR's flagship newsmagazine, All Things Considered. She spent much of her career as an international correspondent, reporting from Asia, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. She is the creator and host of the acclaimed Embedded podcast, a documentary show that goes to hard places to make sense of the news. She began her career as a newspaper reporter in Chicago.

  • A year after the Syrian uprising began, an estimated 8,000 people have died, and it's still not clear how the situation will play out. A family talks about one of those deaths.
  • A year ago Sunday, protests were held in Daraa against the arrests and beatings of a group of young people who spray-painted graffiti on the walls of their school. And so began the uprising, which in some parts of Syria has turned into an armed insurgency and seen government troops respond with untold brutality.
  • Jordan has been critical of Syria's leadership and has welcomed those fleeing the fighting. But Jordan's limited resources were already under strain from hosting refugees from Iraq and other conflicts.
  • The Syrian government continued shelling the city of Homs overnight. The latest United Nations report estimates 7,500 people have been killed since unrest began nearly a year ago. The government has also continued to refuse entry to the International Committee of the Red Cross. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.
  • In the central city of Homs, the Baba Amr neighborhood has been the center of opposition to President Bashar Assad's regime. But after nearly a month of heavy fighting, government troops forced the rebels to retreat.
  • The longtime president will hand over power to his vice president on Monday. Now, the real work begins. How will transitional justice work if the outgoing president is immune from prosecution? Will the U.S. take a new approach in a new Yemen?
  • Millions of Yemenis voted Tuesday in an unusual presidential election in which the only candidate was the vice president. That was the result of a power-transfer deal with President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who agreed to step down after 33 years. Boycotts and violence affected the polls in some places.
  • Activists say hundreds of Syrians, perhaps more than a thousand, have been killed in President Bashar al-Assad's brutal offensive. The situation may be about to get worse; food and medical supplies are growing short as the violence mounts.
  • Syria borders several volatile countries in the Middle East, and there are mounting concerns that Syria's violence will lead to turmoil in neighboring states. A shootout in Lebanon last week was linked to the Syrian conflict.
  • The Syrian government is now nearly two weeks into its bombardment of the city of Homs. The U.N. says at least 300 civilians have been killed. The offensive might have gone unreported had it not been for the activists and citizen journalists who are risking their lives to tell the stories.