Toronto has been called the raccoon capital of the world. Now, the city is launching a new weapon in its war against the backyard bandits — a redesigned garbage bin it hopes will keep nightly raccoon raiders away.
Samrat Upadhyay has been taking his students on cultural tours to Nepal. He has one planned for this summer. But he says he dreads the upcoming visit after the earthquake left many of his beloved sites in rubble.
Octopuses are surprisingly intelligent creatures who are revered as gods and creation figures in indigenous cultures around the world. So here are some reasons you may want to hold off the next time you're offered a dish including the amazing creature.
The kind of story the Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran loved: Iranians who were L.A. Dodgers fans. A friend recalls Jason Rezaian's enthusiasm for Iran, before Tehran detained him, 300 days ago.
Guatemala doesn’t have a recent history of mass public demonstration, but that’s changing thanks to the rise of new, more connected generation, and a massive corruption scandal that has rocked the government.
Baltimore's population has long been segregated by race and class, even as a matter of formal government policy. And while those discriminatory practices are no longer law, they've created a legacy of poor housing that still harms poor, overwhelmingly black residents.
"Coward. Chicken. Yellow-belly." Those were insults the French used against the gunmen who carried out the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Cowardice, in fact, is currently enjoying a bit of global resurgence as a put-down. So much so that Boston University professor Chris Walsh decided it was time to write a book about the subject. The first hurdle? Finding source material.
While the US Supreme Court debated the constitutionality of same-sex marriages Tuesday, the Mexican Supreme Court has long recognized the legality of same-sex unions. And that ruling has stirred far less controversy there than similar rulings have in the US.
Twitter lights up with reaction to the story of a Muslim schoolgirl in France who was sent home from school for wearing a long black skirt to class. School authorities, citing concern over France's secularity law, asked her to leave and come back with a more neutral outfit. See some creative photo-protests using the hashtag #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux -"I wear my skirt as I please."
Advocates for more aggressive action on climate change are counting Pope Francis as a powerful new ally. But the head of the Roman Catholic Church is ruffling some feathers even before coming out with a highly anticipated Catholic teaching on environmental issues.
Evolutionary biologists have been using big data and statistics to track the musical revolutions over the past 50 years and the results are surprising. The new research demonstrates that The Beatles may not have been as important to pop culture as previously suggested.
Burma’s incredible diversity of cultures, backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities are mashed together in the rapidly developing city of Yangon. Its residents share their hopes and fears for Myanmar's uncertain future.
When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, the US stepped in to rescue tens of thousands of refugees who hastily fled South Vietnam. Many of them ended up in temporary camps like the ones set up at a Marine base in San Diego, where Elvis and the Girl Scouts helped newcomers adapt.
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband often gets beat up in the press for supposedly being a wimp. So the Internet came to his defense with — what else? — a popular meme, slapping the dorky politician's face on everyone from Don Draper to Prince to James Bond.
From African lions to Grevy's Zebras, animals at the Toronto Zoo generate 3,000 tons of dung a year. Now the zoo will soon be turning all that poop into energy, thanks to a new biogas plant that uses manure to create electricity.
No smell of hot dogs and no plastic cups filled with flat beer — that was Camden Yards today. But while it's almost unheard of in the United States, teams in Europe and elsewhere are no strangers to playing games behind closed doors.