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 ...

Nepal criticized for not stopping child marriages

Sep 8, 2016

Nepal criticized for not stopping child marriages

Traditional practices, poverty, last year’s massive earthquake and Nepal’s ongoing political instability mean child marriages remain a serious problem in the country, where 10 percent of the girls marry before they are 15, even though the government says it is making progress to combat ...

Taiwan's tea entrepreneurs brew up new twists on tradition

Aug 21, 2016

Taiwan's tea entrepreneurs brew up new twists on tradition

Cheap instant “bubble tea” has become one of Taiwan’s best-known culinary exports. Now a new wave of entrepreneurs hopes a high-end modern take on traditional brews will also be sipped worldwide. Taiwan has been producing tea for more than 200 years, and a cup ...

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

Aug 14, 2016

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

The sight of a large, lumbering horse pulling a plow through a vineyard may seem like a time warp, but hundreds of French winegrowers have returned to the centuries-old practice. “It’s a picture postcard image,” said oenologist Gilles de Revel, adding that the renaissance ...

Jun 19, 2016

Pakistan woman held in 'honor killing' of pregnant daughter

Police in Pakistan have arrested a mother suspected of killing her pregnant daughter for marrying against the wishes of her family, the latest in a series of “honor killings” in the conservative Muslim country. Local police official Arshad Mahamood said Saturday that the mother ...

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 ...