She isn’t old enough to get a driver's license or vote. But at 17, Agnes Chow is already a political player in Hong Kong. As one of the leaders of an influential student activist group called Scholarism, Chow is part of a new political generation making its mark in the Chinese territory.
With Kurdish fighters in the city of Kobane trapped between ISIS attacks and Turkish indifference, anger inside Turkey is building. Nineteen Kurdish protesters were killed overnight, and it looks like Kobane may still surrender to ISIS despite US airstrikes.
Argentina has South America's third-largest economy, but many of its financial decisions are now subject to the review of a New York court. That's because Argentina turned to American firms to borrow money, and the US legal system now gets to decide how its debts will be handled.
Many Japanese believe the media hasn't done its job in holding the government and power companies accountable for the Fukushima disaster. Jun Hori, a former TV anchor, agreed. Now he and others are starting new media companies to break the compliant mold of Japanese reporting.
The differences between developed countries like the US and rising powers — and polluters — like China and India are well-known. But there's also a major gulf between Americans and Europeans on climate policy that is hurting efforts to reach a large-scale climate agreement.
This month, England launched one of the most ambitious computer education programs in the world. Every child from 5 to 16 will now learn computer programming, and advocates say it's not only vital but easier than you might think to teach schoolkids how to code.
Soccer fans chants "Ebola, Ebola" at them; teams forfeit matches so they don't have to be near them; they're quarantined everywhere they play. That's what it's like to be on Sierra Leone's national soccer team right now.
Reporter Rhitu Chatterjee woke up yesterday in New Delhi to the sound of something she hasn’t heard in years — a radio broadcast heralding the start of the Hindu religious festival of Mahalaya. It turns out the program has been the exact same recording for decades, uniting generations of Bengalis.
When he joined President Obama's cabinet, Attorney General Eric Holder was expected to oversee the shutdown of the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. That never happened, but Holder succeeded in shifting focus back to civilian courts — but also aggressively onto leakers.
NASA's Mars missions may not have been as cheap as the recent Indian mission, but their rovers and orbiters continue to provide stunning discoveries. Earlier this month, one of the rovers sent back a photo that seemed decidedly out of place: a round sphere, like a 16th century cannonball. Meanwhile, in India, women are being celebrated for their central mission in that country's Mars mission. And one man tries to smuggle 51 turtles into Canada, by taping them to his body.
As humanity's population has roughly doubled since 1970s, the earth has lost roughly half of its non-human animals over the past four decades. That's the sobering conclusion of a new report from the World Wildlife Fund, which pins the blame for that decline squarely on humans.
Carlos Ramos, a teenager living in Massachusetts, started the new school year with a lot on his mind. At the top of the list was whether he'll be able to stay with his parents, who have permission to remain in the US, or be deported back to El Salvador.
Syrian art is being plundered by ISIS rebels and sold for profits to fund their war in Iraq and Syria. Often, that art is making its way to the US — and so far the US hasn't passed any laws to try and staunch that flow.
Some words, we often say, just can't be translated into another language. Michael Wood, one of the editors of the "Dictionary of Untranslatables," says that's just not true — you can translate anything. But even "untranslatable" itself is a word with many meanings.
Last week, a group of activists, civil rights workers and military leaders were killed by Islamic militants — Tawfik Bensaud, a teenage peace activist, was among them. While politically-motivated killings are all too common in post-revolution Libya, the events of Benghazi's "Black Friday" are a new low.
For decades, people have been focused on MSG as a source of health problems and allergic reactions, based on scant but seemingly compelling evidence, No research, though, pokes giant holes in those previous studies and suggests MSG is no worse than any other food additive.
Over the weekend, in Long Beach, Calif., a tournament featuring some larger-than-life competitors took place — the 14th annual US Sumo Open. Surprisingly, it's the biggest amateur sumo competition outside of Japan. So could sumo's time be arriving in the US?