The Brazilian city of Fortaleza is building the largest aquarium in South America, and much of the funding is coming from the US. It's all designed to boost the city's tourism economy, but can a massive new aquarium deliver benefits to Fortalezans?
X-Files star David Duchovny, an American with a Russian-sounding last name, has unwittingly waded into the frosty world of US-Russia relations. And it all has to do with an unfortunately timed beer ad.
Usually when we think about female genital mutilation only one thing comes to mind: that it should be stopped. But a group of women from the Maasai tribe in Kenya feel strongly that the practice should continue.
The leaders of Hamas know they can't defeat Israel militarily — but that's not their goal. The Islamic militant group appears to be moving away from governing the Gaza Strip and getting back to the its roots: active "resistance" against Israel.
When a language goes extinct, it takes a wealth of knowledge about its local environment along with it. A new reports says that may be why languages and biodiversity are declining at similar rates around the world.
Canada’s federal government recently approved energy company Enbridge’s proposed pipeline to bring Tar Sands oil from Alberta to Canada’s West Coast. But the coastal First Nations strongly oppose the plan, and the British Columbia premier has yet to agree.
For nearly two decades, the BBC Somali service has aired a straightforward but unusual program. It's little more than a list of names being read over the air, but it's become a success in helping reunite families scattered by Somalia's civil war.
The McDonald's menu in China is looking sparse ever since investigative reporters there filmed a local firm allegedly repackaging old meat — even scooping it off the floor — and selling it to fast food outlets. The company, Shanghai Husi Food, is a major supplier to many foreign chains in China, including McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks.
Like their neighbors in Mexico, many Central Americans head to the United States for better opportunities. They come from impoverished towns, some rife with gang violence and high crime rates. But on their journey north, hundreds of these migrants become targets for gangs, organized crime and even police.
Caribbean coral reefs provide food, create jobs and draw millions of tourists every year, but they are disappearing. Parrotfish are one key to their survival. Parents in China have a way to ensure success for their children: pay to get them into the army. And ISIS militants in Iraq want to head to Rome next, all in today's Global Scan.
Fracking is already a controversial topic, with environmentalists charging that the technique could ruin drinking water, along with other pollution problems. But now, radioactive waste from drilling the wells is raising a whole new environmental concern.