Jamaica

Global Scan

A Russian billionaire offers to help save the dogs of Sochi

Sochi's dogs were recently described as pests, expected to be exterminated from the Olympic venues. But that cavalier attitude prompted international outrage and at least one Russian billionaire has opened up his wallet to help save some of Sochi's dogs. Meanwhile, in the UAE, the government is ready to launch a drone delivery service. And a homeless man in England looks set to return to his native Jamaica, thanks to the generosity of strangers.

Global Scan

Woody Allen is in the spotlight again over old accusations

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof brought new media attention to Woody Allen's past over the weekend, when Kristof published a letter from Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, restating her claim that Allen had molested her. In Russia, Jamaica's bobsled team arrives in Sochi without their equipment. And a UN committee denounces the Vatican's handling of child sex abuse, all in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Is this China's environmental future?

Updated

China's notorious air pollution makes this photo of a digitally-presented sunrise in an ad seem very eerie. Uganda's president is reconsidering a widely-criticized anti-gay law that the country's parliament passed last month. And India's Olympic team just got the nod to head to Sochi, but can't represent the country. All that and more, in this special weekend edition of the Global Scan.

Sports

Jamaican sprints dominate

Reporter Orin Gordon reports from Beijing on Jamaica's domination in short distance track and field events at the Olympics, as there's a long tradition behind Jamaica's current top sprinter Usain Bolt.

Arts, Culture & Media

Jimmy Cliff

'The Harder They Come' remains a film classic. Its outlaw theme and reggae soundtrack owed much to its star, Jimmy Cliff. He joins us to talk about the film, about the early days of reggae, and about Jamaica's music scene today. From PRI's The World.

Conflict & Justice

Questions about Jamaica's police

At least 73 Jamaicans died in gun battles this month when police and military pursued alleged drug lord Christopher Dudus Coke in Kingston.Human rights advocates urge police restraint to prevent more collateral deaths. The BBC's Nick Davis reports.

The Jolly Boys revisited

The Jolly Boys were playing dance music in Jamaica when Bob Marley was just a child. They're still performing, and gaining a whole new audience for the music known as �mento.' Madeleine Bair has the Global Hit from Kingston.

Global Scan

A Russian billionaire offers to help save the dogs of Sochi

Sochi's dogs were recently described as pests, expected to be exterminated from the Olympic venues. But that cavalier attitude prompted international outrage and at least one Russian billionaire has opened up his wallet to help save some of Sochi's dogs. Meanwhile, in the UAE, the government is ready to launch a drone delivery service. And a homeless man in England looks set to return to his native Jamaica, thanks to the generosity of strangers.