Michael Rass left PRI's The World in 2014.
Conflict & Justice
As the Syrian war continues, hope is waning in the refugee camps in neighboring countries. Some Syrians who fled to Turkey are now heading into Bulgaria to start new lives. And Bulgarians are growing weary and wary of welcoming them.
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.
After a deadly turn earlier in the week, opposition leaders have brokered a temporary truce with President Viktor Yanukovych. But the protest movement has move beyond Independence Square.
The once peaceful protests in Kiev are no more. Riot police are firing on protesters and protesters are throwing gasoline bombs. Some says it could get worse.
Gulnara Karimova is the daughter of the leader of Uzbekistan, a pop-star, a businesswoman and even a diplomat. But now she, it seems, is locked in a power struggle. And the drama is playing out on Twitter.