The Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel is the most famous product of Venezuela's program of universal music education. And as Venezuela finds itself embroiled in protests, Dudamel is being pushed into taking sides.
The version of Jefferson Airplane's classic psychedelic tune "White Rabbit" gets a new set of Arabic lyrics in the Oscar-nominated film "American Hustle." It's performed by a young Lebanese singer name Mayssa Karaa.
An Islamic extremist group fighting in Syria, known as ISIS, is demanding that non-Muslims in areas they control convert to Islam or pay a "tax" for protection. Syrian Christian pastor Nadim Nassar, living in exile in London, says Syria's Christians are caught "between two fires" — Assad's dictatorship and a fragmented rebellion.
Ukrainians don't know what comes next for their country, but they do know that the game is up for Viktor Yanukovych. The fugitive former president is now facing charges of committing "mass murder." And blunders, selfishness, and bad choices marked his entire presidency.
At the Academy Awards tonight, the British-American film "12 Years A Slave" is up for nine Oscars. It is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black violinist in New York who was sold into slavery in the 1800s. His great-great-great-grandson says the story gave his family a rare gift among African Americans —the ability to trace their ancestry.
Oscar Pistorius, the South African amputee athlete who runs on high-tech blades, is about to go on trial for the murder of his girlfriend. Many in his country view the tragic case as a morality tale. But what, exactly, is the moral?
Bilal Sarwary has been traveling around Afghanistan and capturing images we don't see in the news. There are school children in brightly colored outfits, a bird seller at the Kabul market and a farmer in Kundoz — everyday Afghans, not the terrorists or political leaders who dominate the headlines.
He's known for drinking too much, hanging out with known criminals and of course, smoking crack cocaine. A new book about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford looks at his political rise and the rather odd dynamics in his very political family.
With more nationalities living together than any other place on earth, New York City is the world's melting pot. But what's melting inside all those pots? Imagine if you could visit some of the home cooks from around the world and learn the secret to Indian Tikka Masala or Greek Tiropita. The League of Kitchens aims to do just that.
In 1984, Russian historian Suzanne Massie got a call she'll never forget. President Ronald Reagan invited her to the White House to brief him on Russian history and culture. Little did she know that this would be the beginning of many years of advising the president.
Everything is Awesome. That's the theme song to The Lego Movie, a recently released film that imagines a richly detailed life for its animated minifigure characters. But what's it like to be a working Lego stiff, a one-and-a-half-inch tall freelance Lego photographer? Andrew Whyte's been finding out. He's been carrying around a little Lego man for more than a year, photographing him every day, rain or shine.
In Spain, people are still talking about a TV program that aired Sunday and promised to rewrite a key chapter in modern Spanish history. More than 5 million viewers tuned in for an expose about an attempted coup in 1981 that nearly ended Spain's fledgling democracy.
Traffic cop "love notes" in Israel generally follow a standard format. They begin with a courteous greeting: “Dear Officer.” Then they explain why the offender is parked illegally, and why that’s OK, and why they do not deserve parking tickets.
To get a taste of Sochi, without the hassle of traveling to Russia, step into New York's Brighton Beach neighborhood. The Russian enclave in Brooklyn is where you'll find the Olympic games on every available TV.
One of the more potent reasons for saving species and the environment is that nature is where we find our most powerful medicines. For three decades, a hunt's been underway on land and sea for molecules that could help fight cancer. That hunt is winding down now in the coral reefs of Palau.
It's difficult not to be moved by some of the images coming out this week of one particular district in Damascus. In Yarmouk, a sea of grim faces stare out from two rows of bombed out buildings. This section of the Syrian capital, after being under siege for months, has become a man-made disaster zone.