Iceland made history this week, but not in a good way. For the first time since the nation became an independent republic, armed police shot and killed a man, startling a population accustomed to peace.
Google India made an ad to show how the search engine could help people reconnect with old friends. Now the campaign has touched an emotional chord across Pakistan and India, by reawakening memories of the painful partition of India in 1947.
Tens of thousands of people in the Dominican Republic are being stripped of their citizenship and deported. And most are of Haitian descent. It's the latest chapter in a long history of 'anti-Haitianismo' in the Dominican Republic.
Santa Claus arrived in the Netherlands over the weekend, or rather "Sinterklaas," as he's known there. He doesn't come with elves, though. Instead, he has a sidekick called "Black Pete," who wears blackface, red lipstick and a wig. For some, he's a beloved Dutch tradition. For others, "Black Pete" is just plain racist.
The United States was among the first foreign nations to move in to help the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation. The US has long had close, though not always happy, ties with the island nation.
About 30 million Kurds are scattered across Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. Amidst Syria's civil war, Kurds have their own war going on, to create a secular, autonomous Kurdish state. The Kurdish militia includes women and it is fighting off al-Qaeda-backed rebels, as well as Syrian government forces.
In the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, Russia's intelligence agencies see a new opportunity to increase electronic surveillance of ordinary Russians. What's odd is that Russians don't seem to care.
Famed Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci detailed a design for a new instrument in his Codex Altanticus. But it never moved beyond his sketchbook. Now, more than 500 years later Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has built and played the inventor's viola organista.
The holidays are closing in, and next year is sure to bring battles over the budget and the debt ceiling. So some immigration advocates are ramping up the pressure on a few Republican members of the House before the issue gets drowned out by other Washington politics.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu usually gets around by motorcade. But, last Saturday, I looked over the balcony of my fourth-floor apartment in Jerusalem and there he was, standing below wearing sneakers and a black shirt. He'd stopped to help an old man take out the trash.
Just a decade ago, the idea of a Pride parade in India would have been unthinkable. But this weekend, the sixth annual LGBT Pride parade was held in New Delhi — and hundreds turned out. It's a sign that the LGBT community is gaining some acceptance in broader Indian culture.
Just an hour and half from Hiroshima lies the tiny island of Okunojima, probably better known as Rabbit Island. The island is populated by bunnies and tourists feeding those bunnies — but if you look closely you can see remnants of the island's past.