An Israeli firm caters to U.S. and other tourists who want to get a taste of what it's like to be a counterterrorism commando. The center is in the occupied West Bank, an area the Palestinians want as part of a future state.
In Syria, the port city of Tartous is fiercely loyal to President Bashar Assad. It's where many of his supporters, as well as Syrian soldiers, go for vacation. So far about 300,000 Syrians have also fled to the city looking for work and refuge from fighting in cities like Damascus and Qusair.
The strange disease known as nodding syndrome affects only children, and only in parts of East Africa. The illness begins with nodding of the head and ends with massive physical and cognitive deterioration; its cause has eluded epidemiologists. Treating 3,000 affected children has been left to Ugandans.
The city of Istanbul for the fifth time is bidding to host the 2020 summer Olympics. It pitched itself as "an emerged nation" to the Olympic Committee. But at the same time, NPR's Peter Kenyon tells guest host Wade Goodwyn, images of police firing tear gas canisters and water cannons at anti-development protesters seemed to send a different kind of message this week.
Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with French sociologist Michel Wievorka about the wave of popular opposition in France to gay marriage. This past week, for the first time under the new law allowing gay marriage, two men wed in the city of Montpellier.
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