Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Jul 8, 2014

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Porcupines in cages, endangered tortoises in buckets and snakes in cloth bags — rare wildlife is on open sale at a Chinese market, despite courts being ordered to jail those who eat endangered species. The diners of southern China have long had a reputation ...

Cities stealing magic from China shamans

May 5, 2014

Cities stealing magic from China shamans

by Tom Hancock

A Chinese shaman resplendent in a dark suit and green cloth hat examined yellowing pages said to predict the future — but mass migration to cities means the prospects for his own profession look bleak. “To see a spirit, you have to practice the ...

Shetland 'Vikings' seek autonomy from Scotland

Mar 24, 2014

Shetland 'Vikings' seek autonomy from Scotland

In the late winter dusk, hundreds of Vikings are marching down to the beach, bearing flaming torches. Their studded leather breastplates glint in the firelight as they roar and sing. The scene would have struck terror into the hearts of Dark Age Britons — ...

Mar 2, 2014

Palestinian 'honor killings' doubled in 2013, figures show

A Gaza teen stabbed to death by her brother while she prayed in her room has become the latest addition to a grim statistic: Palestinian women killed by relatives, often for allegedly shaming the family. Twenty-six women were slain by relatives in the West ...

Bulgarian minority honors age-old wedding rites

Feb 27, 2014

Bulgarian minority honors age-old wedding rites

The communists tried hard to stamp out the culture of Bulgaria’s rural Pomak minority, and since they fell tough times in the European Union’s poorest country have made many leave, but one village is keeping traditions alive. Nestled in the southern snow-capped Rhodope Mountains, ...