Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 10:02 am
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Movie producers in India think they have a different formula for success. For decades, sex and nudity have been taboo in Bollywood films. So, the makers of a new film, a sequel called "Jism 2," made headlines when they cast Sunny Leone in the lead role.
(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "JISM 2")
SUNNY LEONE: (Foreign language spoken) I'm a Porn Star.
The Olympics are winding down, and for some nations, they're already over. Among them, the small Pacific island nation of Nauru. With roughly 9,300 people, it is the least populous country competing in these games. NPR's Mike Pesca says for the Nauruvians that's a point of pride.
MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Nauru is small. How small? Remember this song?
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SMALL TOWN")
JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP: (Singing) But I've seen it all in a small town. Had myself a ball in a small town.
When Egypt launched military operations earlier this week against Islamist extremists in the lawless Sinai Peninsula, they were described as the biggest in the area in decades. The move came after 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed in an ambush at their border post. State media outlets speaking for the government reported air strikes that killed more than 20 militants. They also reported ground troops moving into villages long off limits to the country's security forces.
Before the Olympics began, the British were in a funk. The Times of London predicted the games would be a disaster, and many Britons agreed. Now, nearly two weeks later, they've forgotten all that and pretty much everything else that's gone wrong. As we hear from NPR's Philip Reeves, the Olympics have temporarily transformed a nation.
PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: What on Earth is happening to the British?