From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. It's not often that an airline accident triggers street protests, but that's exactly what happened in the Chinese capital this week. On Monday, Malaysia announced that the flight, MH370, was lost at sea with no survivors. The passengers' families say that there's no evidence of this and many are convinced of a conspiracy.
NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing on the families' reactions and what it says about Chinese society.
The crisis in Ukraine is raising new questions about Russia's role in the energy markets. Moscow has long used exports of oil and natural gas to win political concessions from countries on its borders. Europe gets a quarter of its natural gas from Russia.
As NPR's Jim Zarroli reports, that's making a lot of people there nervous.
Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that the federal government would recognize the 300 same-sex marriages that took place in Michigan in between two conflicting court rulings.
As we reported last week, a federal judge struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage. The judge did not, as others have, stay his ruling so marriages took place for about a day, before another judge issued a stay, halting marriages pending an appeal.
The Syrian civil war has been a major headache for President Obama. Critics at home and abroad, like Saudi Arabia, where the president was on Friday, have urged the U.S. to do more.
But the U.S. isn't the only country that's faced difficult choices over Syria. Iran and Syria have been close allies for decades. And in Iran, discussions about Syria are surprisingly frank, complex and demonstrate growing divisions over how to handle a costly war that has no end in sight.