Even as the current Syrian uprising continues, some Syrians plan to mark a brutal crackdown carried out by the government 30 years ago in the central city of Hama. Here, a Syrian rebel guards an alley in the central province of Homs on Wednesday.
Thirty years ago, one of the bloodiest episodes in modern Middle East history unfolded as an anti-government uprising began in the Syrian city of Hama, and was met almost immediately with overwhelming government force.
Over the course of February 1982, an estimated 10,000 to 40,000 people died in the city that was not only cut off from the rest of Syria, but the outside world as well. When it ended, Syrian President Hafez Assad said, "What's happened in Hama has happened. And now it's all over."
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, center, celebrates with right wing Justin Williams, left, and defenseman Jack Johnson after scoring the game-winning goal during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
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Yemeni army soldiers gather at the historic castle of Rada last month, as hundreds of al-Qaida gunmen yielded to tribal pressure and withdrew from Rada, a town they had held for nine days. The U.S. is increasingly turning its focus to al-Qaida affiliates such as the one in Yemen.
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A resident inspects a police van outside Sheka police station in the northern Nigerian city of Kano last month. Members of the Boko Haram Islamist group attacked the station the previous night. The group recently released a video calling for jihadis to focus on the United States.
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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: