You find out so much about a country when it's hosting the Olympics. It's almost as if the Games lay bare a nation's soul. NPR's Philip Reeves says that's what's happening in Britain. He's finding the experience unnerving, as he explains in this letter from the Olympics.
Sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee who has for years sought to run in the Olympic Games, finally got his wish Saturday, when he ran in a preliminary heat in the men's 400 meters in London's Olympic Stadium. But he wasn't content with making history as the Olympics' first amputee runner.
It's estimated that about 100,000 koalas remain in the wild as urbanization envelops their habitats along the Australian east coast. Although Australia recently put the marsupial as "vulnerable" on its endangered species list, advocates say the status doesn't give the animals maximum protection.
A coup in the capital and a rebellion in the north have put Mali's cultural treasures at risk. Ancient holy sites have been damaged or destroyed, and an international music festival in the Sahara Desert may be in jeopardy.
The power outage in India this week, which darkened the lives of nearly 700 million people, brings to mind the time I spent there. It was nearly 50 years ago, when India was still a young democracy and power outages were as common as enjoying a cup of dark, sweet Indian tea.
Children with disabilities — estimated at more than 1 million — are shunned in Kenya as curses from God, shut away and largely neglected. Some nonprofits are helping these children and their families. But such programs are just a drop in the ocean given Kenya's paucity of basic human services.
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