Nigeria's military has denied reports that a recent Boko Haram attack near the town of Baga took some two thousand lives earlier this month. But satellite images released by Amnesty International offer proof of a wide swath of destruction.
The word ''tears'' and a poem were among the things the Washington censored in the diary of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay without charge since 2002. His memoir took six years to get published.
Matthew Barzun is a kind of ambassador of rock as well, bringing indie bands, his turntable and his rapidly swelling record collection to parties he hosts. The events mix diplomatic affairs and the best of Belle and Sebastian, the National or Dire Straits.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died Friday morning in Saudi Arabia, in his 90s. The king who had effectively led the Middle East kingdom for two decades, though officially for just one, was known as a reformer — even if it was not always evident to outside observers.
Not all publicity is good publicity. Greenpeace learned that last month when activists placed yellow letters next to Peru's Nazca Lines. The stunt outraged Peruvians. Now Greenpeace has named the members behind the stunt.
George Kelling was one of the two men who developed "broken windows" policing, which minority communities say unfairly targets them. But Kelling says the theory is misunderstood and even easily misapplied in potentially racist ways, even as it may have helped drive down crime rates nationwide.
The Stroke a Chord choir in Melbourne, Australia, is made of people who have lost their abilities to speak normally because of strokes. But thanks to a quirk of the brain, they're still able to express themselves in song.
"We are largely products of our social networks," says a Yale researcher involved in controlled tests of our decision making. Studies show our decisions aren't truly our own to control. We are subconsciously changed by those around us, even if we don't know them.
Some African migrants who are seeking asylum in the Netherlands are facing a crisis of their own. This week the Dutch government rejected a request from the United Nations to provide thousands of homeless migrants with basic food and shelter.
More and more Indians are turning to online retailing sites to find big deals and do their holiday shopping. But despite big customer numbers and growing investment, there are still huge problems with the industry as it gets off the ground.
If you're not happy with the prospect of your children playing an unending stream of video games, tweeting, and texting when the weather forces them inside, how about some cool, do-it-yourself science projects you can do with them?
Following the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, I was at the APAP conference in New York and spoke to several musicians about their reaction. Freedom of speech was in the air and I decided to ask a few of them how they see the balance between using their platforms to say whatever they want and being respectful of their public.
Last year, President Barack Obama spoke hopefully of peace between Israel and an independent Palestine. This year, after a summer of war and the ongoing ISIS threat, Middle East peace seems further away than ever.
Sana'a resident Hisham al-Omeisy live-tweeted the television address of the rebel leader whose forces have taken control of Yemen's capital. He says Western media are overreacting, and that for many Yemenis the Houthi takeover is more business as usual than a big event.
British researchers are studying Western women from afar who have migrated into ISIS territory to join the jihadist group. The women jihadists post often on social networks. And some say they aren't content to be militant wives and mothers. They are itching to fight for the Islamic State.