Chinese professor fired after criticizing Mao online

Jan 10, 2017

Chinese professor fired after criticizing Mao online

A Chinese professor has been fired after enraging leftists with an online criticism of Chairman Mao Zedong on what would have been on the leader’s 123rd birthday. Mao, who died on Dec. 9, 1976, is still officially venerated by the ruling Communist Party as ...

Portugal's democracy founder, Mario Soares, dies at 92

Jan 8, 2017

Portugal's democracy founder, Mario Soares, dies at 92

Portugal’s former President Mario Soares, widely seen as the father of the country’s democracy, died Saturday at age 92, two weeks after being admitted to a hospital. The founder of Portugal’s Socialist Party, Soares spent decades in politics and spearheaded the country’s entry into ...

Uruguay's last dictator, Gregorio Alvarez, dies at 91

Dec 29, 2016

Uruguay's last dictator, Gregorio Alvarez, dies at 91

Uruguay’s last military dictator, Gen. Gregorio “El Goyo” Alvarez, died Wednesday at age 91 of heart failure, a defense ministry official said. Alvarez, who played a central role in a 1973 coup that installed a military regime in Uruguay, ruled the country from 1981 ...

New book reveals the bloody past of the Koh-i-Noor diamond

Dec 28, 2016

New book reveals the bloody past of the Koh-i-Noor diamond

Many precious stones have a blood-soaked history, but a new book reveals the world’s most famous diamond — the Koh-i-Noor — surpasses them all, with a litany of horrors that rivals “Game of Thrones.” The Koh-i-Noor (“Mountain of Light”), now part of the British ...

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

Dec 25, 2016

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees. Bracing against high winds, Musse Ismail ...