The United Nations was going to be located in the United States -- that much was sure. But just where the new headquarters, the new capital of the world, would be located, was much debated back in the 1940s. A new book looks at that battle.
In a move that surprised many church watchers, the spiritual leader of the more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide, Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday that he would step down as pope on Feb. 28. A new leader is expected by the end of March.
Prairie dogs used to rule the prairies of America and Mexico. But when ranchers moved in, prairie dogs were exterminated. Now, an ecologist says the black-tailed prairie dogs are critical for turning Mexico's desert back into prairie.
Author Don Hagist wanted to paint a picture of what British soldiers were really like during the American Revolution. Were they, as Hollywood depicts, violent spiteful automatrons? Or were they something else, more human, entirely?
British punk rocker Joe Strummer made Granada, Spain, a regular stop on his travels and with his band, The Clash. Since inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Granada officials are considering naming a square after the musician.
An oral history project at the University of California, Irvine, seeks to help Vietnamese American students connect with their elders and, along the way, document the stories of life for Vietnamese immigrants to the United States, before and after their trip.
Over the years, the kilogram has added, well, a few grams. Not really whole grams, actually micrograms. But a group of scientists are trying to undo that weight gain because kilograms are one of the few units of measure still defined using physical artifacts.
Residents of Beijing an other parts of northern China are still dealing with terrible pollution, but it's not nearly as bad as it was on Saturday, when pollution levels exceeded the scales used to measure such problems. But while the pollution is horrible, China's not the first place to deal with deadly pollution.
Enrique Meneses gained international fame for his photos of Fidel Castro as he led his guerrillas in a revolution against Cuba's leaders. But over the years, he photographed from countless other conflict zones. He died on Sunday in Madrid, succumbing to health problems.
Mexico requires parents to register their children when they're born in order to get a birth certificate. It's not done automatically, like it typically is in the United States. But many of Mexico's poorest people don't bother, which can leave those children disadvantaged for life.