Pakistan is not a soccer powerhouse. But there's a strong link between the country and the sport. A lot of the credit goes to the city of Sialkot where about 40 percent of the world's soccer balls are produced. Many wonder how a small city in northeastern Pakistan can compete on the global stage in manufacturing high quality soccer balls. VOA's Saman Khan visited several factories in Sialkot to learn more. Bezhan Hamdard narrates.
The newest stadium in U.S. Major League Soccer officially opens Saturday, when DC United, the home team for the nation's capital, hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The $400 million Audi Field is generating excitement for the DC United fans, who hope the new venue will invigorate the team's performance and bring in more spectators. Ariadne Budianto has more in this report.
Suspiciously cheap diamonds, jeans for a dollar and a pair of skis for next to nothing are all bargains that can be found at a store in a small Alabama town that sells are the contents of lost airline baggage. Every year airline companies lose about 20 million suitcases, and while most of them do find their way back to their owners, thousands of bags are never picked up. As Daria Dieguts found out, some of these lost items end up at the lost baggage store in Alabama.
India has emerged as the most dangerous country in the world for women, according to a survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The survey is a repeat of one conducted by the foundation in 2011, which rated India as the fourth most dangerous country for women, after Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Pakistan. The survey is not well received by the Indian government or field experts who have raised questions about the survey's methodology. Ritul Joshi has more from New Delhi.