culture / society

United States

Photo Of The Week: This Happened In Minneapolis

A local murder case that set off a worldwide movement arrived this week at its verdict, after three weeks of witness and expert testimonies: A Minneapolis jury found former police officer ...

France

French Village Finds Treasure In Old House … Twice

Working at the town hall in Morez, we imagine, must be a busy yet somewhat uneventful affair: There's roadworks on the main rue de la République to take care of, planning for the reopening of the ...

Argentina

The Education Revolution Began Before The Pandemic

Technology is turning education into a data-driven, personalized learning process. It's up to hum...

India

How The Real Estate Market Ghettoizes Muslims In India

A year after riots in Delhi and elsewhere, Muslims are being forced out of their neighborhoods.

Norway

From Astrophysics To Zebras, A World Tour Of Weird Livestreams

Remember when time was one of the most limited resources anybody could have? Juggling our agendas, we rushed between work meetings, weekend trips, shopping, dinners and countless other social ...

Poland

A Smoking Ban On Balconies? Warsaw Tests The Edges Of Freedom

Proposals to ban smoking on private balconies are led by activists trying to modify citizen's lif...

Iran

Birth Rate Boost? Iranians Get Housing To Have More Children

An Iranian health official has echoed the Supreme Leader's repeated calls to rejuvenate the count...

India

COVID Weighs On Shanty Town Life In New Delhi

Residents of the state's "bastis" get free rations and state-provided services on the back of ID ...

Iran

Iranian Grandmother's Pardon Of Thieving Grandson Saves His Hand, Literally

There are the laws of the nation, then there's what grandma says. Those two codes collided in a recent case in Iran, where a grandmother who was robbed by her own grandson was ready to see him pay ...

France

Restaurant, Mon Amour: A French Reflection On Lockdown Choices

By closing bars and restaurants, we are not only depriving the sharing of meals but also the real...

France

Judge Stages Fake Wedding With Ex To Block Him From Marrying Again

A French judge used a stand-in for the role of the groom, registering her ex-boyfriend's name as ...

France

Men Dressed As Mickey Mouse And Winnie The Pooh Grope Teens In France

Cartoon characters parading down the streets are usually synonymous with childhood glee, theme parks and carnival floats. But as French daily Le Parisien reports, recent encounters with the ...

Colombia

After 58 Years On The Run, Man Finds Out He Didn't Kill His Cousin

The Colombian man was located in Brazil, and has spoken by phone to his 95-year-old mother, but s...

Iran

Child Marriage In Iran: Is 13 Too Young? Some Are Even Younger

The Islamic Republic allows girls as young as 13 to marry legally. On top of that, a lack of enfo...

Peru

Peruvian Farmers Plough Through 3,000-Year-Old Mural

First, the good news: A major archeological find has been discovered in the north of Peru. A ceremonial mound or temple that's thought to date back some 3,200 years, the site also contains a mural ...

Colombia

Child Soldiers In Colombia: Victims Or Killers?

Underage or not, guerillas who continue taking up arms against the state are "war machines," the ...

Madagascar

In Madagascar, The Democratization Of French Cheese

In one of the world's poorest countries, cheese is still a niche market. And yet, little by littl...

France

Court Orders French Celebrity Magazine To Pay Homeless Man €40,000

Since its founding in 1949, the iconic French weekly Paris Match has published countless photos of the rich and powerful — and every now and then, a paparazzi shot might cost them. This ...

Austria

Alone (Not) Among People: Vienna's Coffee Houses Lost To Covid

They haven't actually gone anywhere. But because of the pandemic, the city's celebrated caf&eacut...

France

Biomimicry: Learning From Nature To Create New Technology

Can nature save capitalism? Biomimicry is thought-provoking because it provides many sources of i...

France

Pandemic Forces French To Buy Their Frogs From Vending Machine

You're hungry and restaurants aren't serving because of COVID lockdowns, but at least there are always vending machines. Hmmm? What looks tempting from behind that plexiglass?A Snickers bar or a ...

Argentina

How An Iconic Buenos Aires Ice Cream Shop Melted Away With COVID

BUENOS AIRES — It's only now that the news is finally spreading. El Vesuvio, the country's oldest heladería (ice-cream shop), is no more. Founded in 1902 by the Cocitori family, the ...