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Places Transformed: Syrian Refugees Overwhelm Camps, Towns

The fighting in Syria has created tens of thousands of refugees seeking shelter in neighboring Jordan. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Deborah Amos about a refugee camp in northern Jordan that has quickly become the second largest such camp in the world. Then we hear voices from a small town in southern Lebanon, where recently arrived Syrian refugees now outnumber the Lebanese residents.

On Mexico Trip, Obama Maintains Economic Focus

President Obama is in Costa Rica to discuss regional cooperation and security with regional leaders. This follows talks he had in Mexico with President Enrique Pena Nieto. During his two-day visit, Obama tried to steer the focus away from contentious issues like immigration and drug violence.

Tucked In Lebanese Hills, Refugees Overwhelm A Town

Jordan is not the only country now hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees. In the small town of Shebaa in southern Lebanon, recently arrived Syrian refugees now outnumber the Lebanese residents. We hear from Syrians and Lebanese in the town and from the town's mayor on how the community is coping.

Israel Reportedly Attacked Syrian Target In Airstrike

An Israeli Embassy spokesman would not comment specifically on media reports of an airstrike, but he reiterated Israel's commitment to preventing the transfer of chemical weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

New U.S. Trade Representative Faces Big Challenges Abroad

President Obama has named Michael Froman, a trusted adviser on international economic issues, to be the next U.S. Trade Representative. Froman will try to complete two giant trade deals that are in the works. But Froman's job won't be easy.

Checkmate! Teen Chess Stars Make Their Move

The 2013 U.S. and Women's Chess Championships are under way in St. Louis, Missouri. Host Michel Martin speaks with two of the competition's youngest players. Kayden Troff is the current under-14 World Youth Chess Champion, and at 15, Sarah Chiang is the youngest woman competing in the Women's Chess Championships.

Murder Trial Of Alleged Neo-Nazi Has Germans On Edge

Beate Zschaepe is alleged to have been a member of a self-styled neo-Nazi group accused of murdering immigrants.