Islamic militants have threatened to disrupt the Sochi Olympics in part because they claim the Games are taking place on former Muslim lands. Local Muslim tribes were ethnically cleansed by the Russians in the 19th century. And that's just one small piece of Sochi's history.
The Olympics are just two weeks away. And according to reporter Julia Barton, who is in Moscow, Russian media is more interested in the protests in Ukraine than in possible security threats at the 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.
Fifty miles. That's about the distance separating the United States and Russia. And it's the answer to today's Geo Quiz. The World's David Leveille takes a look at an old proposal to link Siberia and mainland Alaska by tunnel.
Luge racing is odd enough, as athletes fly down an icy tunnel on their backs on a tiny sled. Now, line up three sleds and a touchpad at the finish line and you get the luge relay, debuting at this winter Olympics.
The worries about unfinished hotels and possible terrorism at the Olympics have receded as people the world over have become enthralled with the athletes and the competition. But when the games wrap up, Sochi residents are wondering if their city's big projects will get completed.