Angela Merkel is a pivotal figure as the European Union attempts to defuse the crisis in Crimea and get Vladimir Putin to back down. The German Chancellor grew up in former Communist East Germany and her country is Russia's most important trading partner. But first, Europe needs a plan.
Poland's leaders are becoming more and more nervous about what Russia's moves in Crimea might mean for their country. They fear Russia has ambitions to rebuild the power it had before the dismantling of the Soviet Union.
In 1984, Russian historian Suzanne Massie got a call she'll never forget. President Ronald Reagan invited her to the White House to brief him on Russian history and culture. Little did she know that this would be the beginning of many years of advising the president.
The diplomatic dance requires multiple players to dance with you. And Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled the world looking for dance partners — successfully, in many occasions. On the matter of Syria, though, few are cooperating.
Arnold Van Bruggen has been visiting Sochi and the Northern Caucasus since 2007 to document the transformation of Sochi. He filmed and photographed his journeys as part of "The Sochi Project". What he found was a region of contrasts where most residents are unaffected by the $50 billion spent on the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Slovenia's Tina Maze comes from a hardscrabble mining town that has turned out a half-dozen Olympians. Tuesday Maze managed to capture her second gold at Sochi, in giant slalom. Last in the race: a virtuoso violinist competing for Thailand.
The streets of Kiev were a deadly battle zone again after a short-lived truce between protesters and government troops broke down. BBC Ukraine analyst Olexiy Solohubenko explains to Host Carol Hills of PRI's The World how the three-month standoff turned violent so quickly.
As Egypt's revolution has unfolded over the last few years, we have seen searing images of young protesters fighting for their future. Photographer Shirin Neshat captures a different view of Egypt's conflict, through the faces and feet of the poor and the elderly, who are often looking to the past.
The FX show "The Americans" is about a couple of Russian spies passing themselves off as a typical American family — even to their own children. It was created by former CIA agent Joe Weisberg, so his former employer takes a special interest in making sure he doesn't share any secrets of the trade.
if you've ever thought about climbing Mount Everest, you better pack an extra trash bag. A new rule requires all climbers to bring down eight kilograms of garbage over and above their own trash. Odds are they won't be bringing down banana peals, at least if you believe new research that bananas could be under threat. That and more, in today's Global Scan.
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.