This fall, Turkey's AKP party ended a law that kept women from wearing Islamic headscarves in some public places. It was supposed to provide more personal freedom. And for some women, it has. But others feel it has emboldened conservatives who want to restrict women's behavior.
Over 100 restaurants in four Canadian cities brought out their best poutine dishes for a week-long celebration of Canada's favorite dish. Steve Dolinsky visits one establishment, with over 28 types of poutine on the menu.
As the Russian military moves into Crimea, there seem to be few good options for the US and NATO. Retired Brigadier General Kevin Ryan sees economic sanctions as one of the few tools, but that requires time and a focus on the long-term strategy.
Divorced Catholics who remarry are not allowed to take communion. And that exclusion may well be reconsidered as Pope Francis develops his plans for reforming the church, according to Boston Globe columnist and author James Carroll.
With an impossible coalition of ministers who want to leave the West Bank and ministers who do not want to leave the West Bank, perhaps letting the people make the tough choices could be one way to keep the Israeli government from tearing itself apart.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God began in Nigeria, but it's growing rapidly in the US, especially among the African immigrant community. Their goals? Bring as many people to heaven as possible, and have a church within a 10-mile radius in any direction.
Japan's prime minister has unveiled a plan to restart the country's nuclear energy program almost three years after the Fukushima disaster. But given the country's deep divide over nuclear power, the plan is short of specifics and retains a commitment to developing renewable energy sources.
In Iraq, Salma was officially considered a man. She is intersex — someone born with indeterminate gender — and has chosen to live as a woman. After serving as an interpreter for the US military during the Iraq war, she received death threats and a grant of asylum in the US. Now, a new program is helping her and other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees establish new lives in America.
Lebanon has a problem with violence, so an entrepreneur has created an app to let family members know you're safe. Meanwhile, India had a problem with the International Olympic Committee and couldn't field an Olympic team, until now. And a French filmmaker wants men to better understand the problems women face.
New archaeological research on camel bones clarifies when the beasts of burden were domesticated in ancient Israel. The science is cool, but it throws several Bible/Torah stories into doubt. Or does it? PRI's The World's history guy, Chris Woolf, investigates.
These days, we often admire sports stars as heroes because they are winners. Olympic Historian David Wallechinsky says that's not the Greek tradition, nor should it be the way we define Olympic heroes. He gives The Takeaway host John Hockenberry some examples of Olympians who fit his definition of hero.
When most people hear about Anaheim, California, they think Disneyland. But just miles away there's a neighborhood where many Arab Americans flock to for products and services normally found only in the Middle East. Local community organizers want to brand the area "Little Arabia," but not everyone is on board.