PRI's The World: 07/22/2015
July 22, 2015
People in Kenya get ready for a visit from President Barack Obama, and that means a lot of security prep. Plus, Russia increases pressure on NGOs, and an American foundation says it's leaving the country. Also, we hear about allegations of doping in the Tour de France, but it's not the cyclists — it's their bicycles.
Stories in this Edition
Tayto has been the beloved top brand of "crisps" in Ireland since the 1950s. Now an amusement park allows fans to devote a whole day to their favorite snack.
The MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday it would close its offices in Russia. MacArthur President Julia Stasch cites new laws that make the organization's presence in Russia unwelcome. The announcement comes at a time after Russia's upper house of parliament included the foundation on a list of foreign organizations it says pose a threat to Russian sovereignty.
British rider Chris Froome of Team Sky is once again dominating the Tour de France — but not without controversy. Some fans are accusing Froome of doping, both his body and his bike. One fan even threw a cup of urine at him.
Niloofar Rahmani and Esther Mbabazi have paved the way for female pilots in Afghanistan and Rwanda — although not without difficulty.
Academics at the University of Birmingham in the UK have discovered two pages from the Quran that could be among the oldest in the world. The manuscript appears to date back to the mid-7th century and the time of the Prophet Muhammad himself.
Kenya has seen some horrific terror attacks over the last couple of years. Increasingly the attackers are home-grown. President Barack Obama is heading to Kenya — his ancestral homeland — later this week.
Forget about same-sex marriage. In Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is considered a capital offense. One Saudi woman now living in the US says even coming out in the kingdom is not an option.
The US State Department said the elections in Burundi "lack credibility," and there have been protests for months. Here is what has been happening and why.
How is the typical Scottish accent changing? And why?
Several Cuban athletes have defected over the past few weeks, despite warmer relations between the US and Cuba. The Cuban team at the Gold Cup soccer tournament was especially affected.
Timur Bekbosunov is a glam-rock opera singer from Kazakhstan, but he got his start in Kansas.