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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The battle for Syria appears to have reached a decisive stage. As fighting intensifies in Damascus, there's an urgent push under way to organize the rebel force. It is widely feared that the hundreds of groups fighting the regime will turn on each other in a struggle for power.
Opposition activists in Syria report that there's been another day of heavy shelling in a number of cities, as rebel fighters continue their guerrilla war to topple President Bashar Assad. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Peter Kenyon in Beirut, which has seen a huge increase in refugees in recent days.
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