At least 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured after massive explosions Wednesday night in the Chinese port city of Tianjin. The blasts, which could be seen from space, occurred at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals. Chinese soldiers trained to handle biological and chemical disasters are now working to prevent secondary accidents.
Southeast Alaska comprises a huge portion of the US seafood industry — as much as 50 percent. So locals are extremely nervous as British Columbia expands its mining industry, on the upstream portions of those same Alaskan rivers.
Kiev was rocked by an explosion near Ukraine's Parliament building — an interruption in what has been a peaceful, even pleasant summer. A local resident says it's a reminder of what the city has partly tried to forget: that there's a war on just a few hundred miles away.
The song "Sweet Fanta Diallo (Adieu Soleil)" by the group Magic System caught my attention the other day. The band is from Ivory Coast. That's the same country where Alpha Blondy, the original singer of Sweet Fanta, is from. However, in Magic System's version, they dropped the last verse.
If you've ever heard someone scream — and who hasn't — you know just how unsettling it can be. Even if it's not someone you know. So why does the brain have such a physical reaction to this specific sound.
One hundred years ago this summer, the US military began occupying Haiti. One senior officer who took part in the 19-year US takeover later said it was all about Wall Street. The occupation left lasting scars.
Doudou Ndiaye Rose was a master drummer from Senegal. And he played with the best of 'em — Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones, Josephine Baker. But perhaps his most personal performances were with his children and grandchildren, sometimes all at once. Rose died Wednesday at the age of 85.
Bomba Estéreo's Liliana Saumet was blown away by New York, it's mix of music and performing daytime concerts in Central Park. "Seeing families, with children, coming out to picnic and catch the show. I loved that," she says.
The materials needed to make art can be expensive, too expensive for some. But one artist in South Africa has found away to combine his artistic passion and his love of recycling. Mbongeni Buthelezi collects plastic bags from the streets around his Johannesburg studio and melts them to create a unique kind of art — he calls it "plastic fantastic."