In Saudi Arabia, Melania Trump opts to keep her head bare

/ May 21, 2017

In Saudi Arabia, Melania Trump opts to keep her head bare

Ignoring President Donald Trump’s past admonition, U.S. first lady Melania Trump did not cover her head Saturday when they arrived in Saudi Arabia on the opening leg of his first international tour since taking office. Two years ago, then-citizen Trump criticized then-first lady Michelle ...

Himalayan glaciers granted status of 'living entities'

Apr 2, 2017

Himalayan glaciers granted status of 'living entities'

An Indian court has recognized Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as “legal persons” in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country’s two most sacred rivers. In a decision that aims to widen environmental protections in the ...

New Zealand river recognized as 'legal person'

/ Mar 16, 2017

New Zealand river recognized as 'legal person'

A New Zealand river revered by Maori has been recognized by parliament as a “legal person,” in a move believed to be a world first. Under legislation passed Wednesday that combines Western legal precedent with Maori mysticism, the Whanganui River has been formally declared ...

Magic in the air: Myanmar wizardry flourishes

Mar 12, 2017

Magic in the air: Myanmar wizardry flourishes

From spells to win back an errant lover to help communing with the spirits, Myanmar’s mediums, soothsayers and wizards dabbling in the occult, are in high demand. Most people here believe in a brand of Buddhism laced with animism and magic, but since the ...

Rio Carnival crowns champion after accident-marred festivities

Mar 2, 2017

Rio Carnival crowns champion after accident-marred festivities

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival crowned a champion of its elite samba school parade on Wednesday, capping festivities marred by two accidents that injured more than 30 people. By winning the Carnival’s headline event, the Portela samba school ended a 33-year losing streak, nabbing the ...