Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens

Sep 25, 2016

Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens

America’s first national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture opened Saturday with emotional but joyful words from the country’s first black president, who said he hoped the stories contained inside will help everyone “walk away that much more in love” with their country. ...

Famed section of Great Wall of China marred by 'ugly repair job'

Sep 23, 2016

Famed section of Great Wall of China marred by 'ugly repair job'

Chinese officials are being pilloried over the smoothing-over of a crumbling but much-loved 700-year-old section of the Great Wall of China — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — in the name of restoration. The widely mocked project involved an 8-kilometer (5-mile) unrestored Xiaohekou section ...

World's oldest fishhooks found in Okinawa

Sep 20, 2016

World's oldest fishhooks found in Okinawa

Fishhooks found on a southern Japanese island date back some 23,000 years, making them among the world’s oldest fishing implements, researchers said Monday. The hooks were discovered in Sakitari Cave on the southern end of Okinawa Island several years ago, said Masaki Fujita, chief ...

Historic recognition: Washington's family tree is biracial

Sep 18, 2016

Historic recognition: Washington's family tree is biracial

George Washington’s adopted son was a bit of a ne’er-do-well by most accounts, including those of Washington himself, who wrote about his frustrations with the boy they called “Wash.” “From his infancy, I have discovered an almost unconquerable disposition to indolence in everything that ...

ICC prosecutors to step up focus on ecological crimes

Sep 16, 2016

ICC prosecutors to step up focus on ecological crimes

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court on Thursday put big business and politicians on notice of a greater focus on environmental destruction and illegal land grabs as possible crimes against humanity. In a new ICC internal policy, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said her office ...

Builders go back in time to construct a castle the medieval way

Sep 15, 2016

Builders go back in time to construct a castle the medieval way

Blacksmiths, stonemasons and quarry men are hard at work in a Burgundy forest building a 13th-century-style castle using the most basic tools and materials, replicating the methods used hundreds of years ago to better understand them. Forgoing all modern technology, workers use hammers to ...