In Iceland, don't mess with the elves

May 13, 2016

In Iceland, don't mess with the elves

Since the beginning of time, elves have been the stuff of legend in Iceland, but locals here will earnestly tell you that elves appear regularly to those who know how to see them. Construction sites have been moved so as not to disturb the ...

Italian saint's treasure trove sparks battle between Naples, church

Mar 6, 2016

Italian saint's treasure trove sparks battle between Naples, church

Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Naples on Saturday to prevent the Catholic Church from gaining any control over the treasure of a local saint, reputedly worth more than the British crown jewels. The protest was sparked by a decree issued by Interior Minister Angelino ...

Feb 19, 2016

Canada standardizing Arctic people's writings

There are 60,000 Inuit in Canada’s far north who use nine different writing forms and speak at least as many dialects. Starting Friday, linguists and Inuit regional representatives will meet in Ottawa to try to decide on a common alphabet for Arctic indigenous peoples. ...

Nordic countries in annual contest to claim real Santa

Dec 24, 2015

Nordic countries in annual contest to claim real Santa

Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit farther south. Where exactly is a matter of much debate, with businesses in Finland, Sweden and Norway competing to cash in on the ...