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An Ill-Advised Fish Tale From Downtown Oslo

It was a sunny, Scandinavian afternoon when Even Nord Rydningen spotted something in the still waters beneath Oslo's Gullhaug bridge. "It looked like a trout, but it also looked a bit like a ...

Hong Kong

''Seditious'' Sheep? Inside Hong Kong's Crackdown On Children's Books

Hong Kong's national security police recently arrested five people over the publication of childr...


Salvage Grocery Stores Look To Fight Food Waste, At A Profit

Not your (hippy) Grandma's dumpster diving...


Ten Years After Utøya, How A Democracy Faces Evil

Exactly a decade after Anders Breivik's calculated massacre of terror shocked the world, we still...


Paris Environmentalists Say Non To Statue Of ''French Elvis'' With Harley

Johnny Hallyday is perhaps the most American icon France has ever produced. Dubbed the "French Elvis", the late rocker put a je-ne-sais-quoi touch on a quintessentially U.S. musical genre, gave ...


Public Playground Slide Vanishes, Winds Up In Backyard Of Politician's Relatives

Politics is no child's play, but this is a whole other level. In late May, children in the French town of Saint-Marcel discovered that the slide from the local playground had disappeared ...

United Kingdom

Vaccines v. Variants: When Can We Put The Pandemic Behind Us?

As the first coronavirus wave finally abated late last spring, experts warned us that the pandemic was far from over. Second and third (and more) waves were likely, and new restrictions would be ...


Pink Floyd Singer Wins Legal Feud Over French Train Station Jingle

C / G / A flat / E flat … Any French traveler hearing these instantly-recognizable four notes would know to listen up and pay attention, as the official jingle for the country's SNCF railway ...