Catalonia launches independence challenge against Spain

/ Sep 7, 2017

Catalonia launches independence challenge against Spain

Spain is facing its deepest political crisis in decades after Catalonia's regional parliament on Wednesday passed a law paving the way for an independence referendum on Oct. 1. Madrid will seek any means possible to block it. The looming showdown comes three weeks after jihadi ...

China's ethnic Yi struggle against poverty

/ Aug 10, 2017

China's ethnic Yi struggle against poverty

For Jisi Lazuo, the torch festival in her village in southwest China should be a celebration involving colorful ethnic clothes and eating freshly slaughtered pig. Instead, it's a time of stress. "In my heart I always get worried when the torch festival comes along," said Jisi, ...

UNESCO puts Hebron on endangered heritage list, outraging Israel

Jul 8, 2017

UNESCO puts Hebron on endangered heritage list, outraging Israel

UNESCO on Friday declared the Old City of Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage site in danger, sparking outrage from Israel, which said the decision denied a Jewish claim to an ancient burial cave that is also sacred to Muslims. The Tomb of the Patriarchs, known ...

Traditional Hawaiian canoe returns after epic round-the-world voyage

Jun 18, 2017

Traditional Hawaiian canoe returns after epic round-the-world voyage

No modern navigation instrumentation guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon during a three-year journey around the globe. About a dozen crew members for each leg of the voyage relied only on their understanding of nature's cues — ocean swells, stars, wind, ...

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 mountainous ...

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 a ...