PRI's The World: 5/26/14

May 26, 2014

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Veterans roll into Washington for the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally to mark the Memorial Day weekend. Plus, an Pakistani businessman starts a new airline in Afghanistan. And a BBC correspondent turned novelist dives into the world of cyber spying in China.

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Science, Tech & Environment

What deteriorating air quality looks like around the world

The Chinese government announced Monday that it plans to take more than five million vehicles off the road to improve air quality, including 330,000 cars in Beijing. This announcement comes only weeks after the World Health Organization announced that only 12 percent of cities reporting on air quality meet their standards for safe levels. With the help of our newsroom designers, we put together a list of places recently affected by deteriorating air quality and incidents of smog.

Lifestyle & Belief

When the Pope left, the Christian rivalries remained

Sunday, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I helped each other down the stone steps leading into the Jerusalem church where most Christian denominations believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. They came together in a show of unity at one of the only churches in the world they share – the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. While they left the church Sunday evening in a spiritual embrace, their respective churches’ zealous posturing at that holy site hasn’t changed.

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