Dec 2, 2014

South Koreans to light new frontline Christmas tree

South Korea said Tuesday it had approved a Christian group’s plan to set up and illuminate a large Christmas tree near the border with North Korea in spite of the almost certain fury it will provoke from Pyongyang. South Korea dismantled a 43-year-old frontline ...

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Sep 21, 2014

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Germany’s world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer. Millions of revelers will soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza. With the cry of “O’zapft is” (“The keg is tapped”), the amber fluid began ...

Israel desert ablaze with own version of Burning Man

Jun 10, 2014

Israel desert ablaze with own version of Burning Man

For the Bedouin Arab shepherds tending their flocks in Israel’s Negev desert last week, it was almost as if aliens had landed from outer space. Some 3,000 people set up a colorful encampment in the dusty moonscape, swinging from hoops by day and burning ...

Actress' kiss at Cannes angers Tehran

May 19, 2014

Actress' kiss at Cannes angers Tehran

Iranian actress Leila Hatami on Sunday angered authorities in Tehran by greeting the president of the Cannes film festival with a kiss on the cheek, an act that outraged conservatives back home. “Iranian womanhood is the symbol of chastity and innocence,” Deputy Culture Minister ...

Pot holiday goes mainstream in Colorado

Apr 21, 2014

Pot holiday goes mainstream in Colorado

Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in Colorado, the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana. Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment, from a marijuana industry expo ...