Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Two friends from India have pledged to give up wearing their western clothes twice a week and instead wear saris, the traditional dress. The pact between the two has caught on and now other young girls and women are wearing them. They've been posting photos of themselves on social media using the hashtag #100SAREEPACT.
Same-sex unions? Not quite. In China, a gay man and a lesbian woman often get married ... to each other.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
The unions, known as cooperative marriages, are seen as a way around intense parental pressure to get hitched and to produce a grandchild. They also seem to be gaining in popularity.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The combination of heavy snowstorms, high winds and fearless tourists have kept Iceland's search and rescue teams very busy this winter.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
"You have to think about where you invest your time and your energy and your love, because you don’t want to waste it," says Omar Solis, a gay American student in Mexico trying to figure out how to live openly. "But that’s what it takes."
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Plenty of religions tell their members that masturbation is a sin, but few are willing to go to the lengths of ultra-Orthodox Jews to make sure the rule is followed. That struggle is the subject of a new documentary, "Sacred Sperm," from an ultra-Orthodox filmmaker who lives that temptation.
Wounded vet discovers soldier who saved his life decades earlier (and now is a producer of 'Homeland')
Thursday, February 19, 2015
A new BBC show, The Gift, reunites people with those who once had a dramatic impact on their lives. Here’s the story of a limbless British veteran and his quest to find the man who saved his life. It turns out his rescuer is now an Emmy-winning Hollywood producer.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tails will be wagging when this year's winner of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show returns to her hometown of Enderby, British Columbia.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
In often-homophobic Russia, Odin Biron knows he is taking a risk. But the star of a popular Russian medical TV show says he wants to use his celebrity for good, to encourage others who are forced to hide their sexuality.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Baghdad ended its decade-long curfew on Saturday. The curfew was implemented during the 2003 US-led invasion, requiring residents to remain indoors between midnight and 5 am. The violence in the capital city hasn't ended, but lifting the curfew was met with celebration.
Friday, February 06, 2015
Unlike the residents of Tromso, Norway, the US Secretary of State didn't immediately shovel sidewalks at his Boston home after a snowstorm. The residents of the "Capital of the Arctic" say they'd never let it slip. Why? Lutheran guilt, for one.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Last year a huge winter storm blanketed the Middle East and left Jerusalem under a rare coat of snow. Now another storm is bearing down on the city, and preparations are intense.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Margarida Xavier came to Massachusetts in the 1960s, when the Portuguese community in New Bedford was a booming microcosm of life back home. As younger generations integrate, life for the most elderly immigrants, who still maintain the culture and language of their home, are feeling isolated.
The RAF's first openly transgender officer says competence trumps prejudice with her fellow soldiers
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
After serving in the military as a man for nearly two decades, Caroline Paige became the Royal Air Force's first openly transgender officer in 1998. She says her colleagues have accepted her like any other officer, and she wants to help lift bans on transgender people serving in places like the United States.
Friday, October 10, 2014
If you've ever wanted Vladimir Putin propaganda plastered across your chest as you walk the streets of New York, here's your chance. A pop-up store recently opened in the city, selling shirts showing the Russian president as Superman and other heroes.
A Greek ferry is home to members of Libya's parliament and, more importantly, the best frappuccinos in town
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The hottest drink in Tobruk, a town in eastern Libya, isn't at a bar or even a coffeehouse. It's aboard the Greek ferry that's the temporary home of Libya's parliament, where the baristas are slinging high-quality frappuccinos to lawmakers, their families and even curious locals.
Friday, August 22, 2014
It's hard enough finding clothes that fit when you're a large size, but what about when you're under five feet tall? Pien Huang thought she had the answer, but the small sizing that makes her love Japanese chain Uniqlo means that the company's US stores are losing money.