Stories from Michael Rass
Michael Rass left PRI's The World in 2014.
President Vladimir Putin is in a gracious mood this holiday season. And why not? He snubbed the US by taking in Edward Snowden, he kept the US and its allies out of Syria, and prevented Ukraine from drifting westward. Maybe that's why he's pardoning so many high-profile opponents.
India has ordered a series of reprisals against the United States after it accused the US of harshly arresting and strip-searching of one of its diplomats in New York.
Arts, Culture & Media
In China, Mandela's legacy is still often associated with a particular local pop song - 'Glorious Days' by the Hong Kong band Beyond.
Over the years, many people met with the late Nelson Mandela, who often sported a colorful African shirt for the occasion.
Lifestyle & Belief
Popular film director Zhang Yimou has confirmed he has three children with his wife, in violation of China's strict one-child policy.