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Jo Nesbo's Fiction Explores Oslo's Jagged Edges

The Norwegian author does his best to show NPR's Eric Westervelt that Oslo really does have a seedy side. In his fiction, at least, Nesbo's city is full of shady characters who draw the attention of the reckless, alcoholic detective Harry Hole.
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In 'Free' Syrian Village, A Plea For U.S. Help

While the Syrian government still has the upper hand in the country's largest cities, the rebels hold large swaths of territory in rural areas. NPR's Kelly McEvers recently returned from a week with the rebels inside Syria. Her first stop: a rebel way-station not far from the border with Turkey.
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Spain's Olympic Basketball Team Takes Aim At U.S.

Soccer gets most of the attention from Spain's sports fans, but the country's Olympic basketball team is also one of the world's best. The U.S. team is a huge favorite, but Spain has perhaps the best chance of scoring an upset.
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After Years Lost, South Africa Rejuvenates HIV Plan

The country has the largest HIV epidemic in the world, and it's also had one of the most conflicted responses to the virus. For years, the government questioned the link between HIV and AIDS and offered little by way of treatment. Now, South Africa is trying to make up for lost time.
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Fighting In Syria On The Precipice Of Civil War

A week of devastating street fighting has left parts of Syria's capital city Damascus in ruins. The UN estimated that over 18,000 Syrians have fled the fighting as the country descends into bona fide civil war. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz checks in with NPR foreign correspondent Peter Kenyon, who is stationed in Beirut.
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Immigration, The Gold Mountain And A Wedding Photo

A new National Archives exhibit charts the stories of 19th and early 20th century immigrants to America through documents and photographs attached to their case files. For one historian, one of these "attachments" turned out to be "like a breakthrough discovery of a lifetime."
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What's Coming Over The Olympic Horizon

Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman for a preview of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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