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Cold War escape route

Reporter Matthew Brunwasser reports on one of the routes chosen by East Germans who wanted to escape their country during the Cold War. It went through Bulgaria, and held the promise of freedom. But many didn't make it.

Global Politics

China and Japan play ball

China and Japan don't always display good sportsmanship when their respective sports teams play each other, but Chinese fans were remarkably well-behaved today as their Olympic baseball team was trounced by Japan. The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports.

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.

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Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz we're looking for the site of a famous battle between Russia and Sweden that took place 299 years ago. The answer is the Ukrainian city of Poltava. The World's Jason Margolis tells us that plans for a 300th anniversary commemoration are stirring up old feelings.