More than 10-years after the European Space Agency launched the Rosetta satellite from Earth, a special lander touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It's the first successful comet landing in history.
Doubling the number of female police officers might seem like a positive step for Indonesia, but it won't be for the recruits who will have to endure a "humiliating and degrading" — and useless — virginity test to get onto the force.
Iraqi security forces at the critical Baiji oil refinery have been holding the facility for four months against repeated ISIS attacks. Now the US is flying supplies to the small Iraqi contingent after its own air force had some its helicopters shot down by militants.
The flood of young Central American migrants streaming across the US border over the past year has slowed to a trickle. One of the reasons may be Mexico’s increased border enforcement along its southern border with Guatemala. And that's creating headaches for Mexicans living near that border.
Four years since they began, the verdict seems clear: The Arab uprisings failed. But one online activist — who’s been deported, jailed and is now seeking asylum in the West — says not so fast. He refuses to give up on the original promise of the Arab Spring.
Paul Lang lives in New York City, but his first love is Italy. He spends most of him time meeting Italian wine makers and exploring their creations. It's the stories he collects about them that help make the wines special for his clients in the United States.
When daredevil Nik Wallenda walks between the Marina City towers on Sunday evening, it will be just another day of public attention for the complex's residents. The iconic towers have been featured on film, in architecture history and even in other tightrope stunts over their nearly 60 years in existence.
US-Soviet relations hit a low point in the early 1980s, but one American and one Russian believed they could bring citizens of the two countries together. They succeeded in building an early video-chat system that allowed Americans and Russians to see and talk with each other across oceans.
Aldo Leopold said that living with an ecological consciousness is like living in a world of wounds. On Oregon’s Metolius River the wound is ribbon grass, an invasive species that has squeezed out native sedges and wildflowers.
Jon Stewart's The Daily Show is a cultural touchstone for millions of Americans. But last year, Stewart took some time off from the show, to produce a movie — real, not satire. And he did it mostly on a whim. With that accomplished, Stewart is beginning to look at the future, but he's holding his cards close.
In the Netherlands, a Christmas holiday tradition is leading to protests, clashes and arrests. Meanwhile, Turkey's president wants to build a mosque in Cuba — to honor the Muslim sailors he says arrived in North American 300 years before Columbus. And China discloses how it tried to clear Beijing's polluted skies before welcoming last week's APEC leaders. All that in today's Global Scan.
The marlin that featured in Ernest Hemingway's classic book, "The Old Man and The Sea," is under threat from overfishing and pollution. That's why Hemingway's grandson is using the book's name to demand the end of the American embargo on Cuba and the start of cooperation to help save the fish.
When a naval nurse decided that force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay was unethical, the potential career consequences were severe. Now fellow nurses are supporting the act of conscience. Meanwhile, a British couple gets fined for writing a critical hotel review on TripAdvisor. And Indian street vendors take on Walmart, in today's Global Scan.
"Online dating for politics" sounds pretty terrible, but British political strategist Steve Hilton hopes it's the key to giving voters more of a say in big-money American politics. His new site, Crowdpac, matches up small-money donors with candidates who share their views.