In recent months, Iraqi Christians have been displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Christian leaders in northern Iraq are calling upon young Christian men fight alongside the Peshmerga and Iraqi army against ISIS. While thousands are heeding the call, most remain skeptical.
Russia is eagerly watching the Scotland referendum on independence. Russia media portray it as a validation of the March vote in Crimea for self-determination. But Moscow-based reporter Charles Maynes tells Marco Werman that Russia's government is less eager to embrace self-determination inside its own borders.
Ai-jen Poo, the director of National Domestic Workers Alliance, just won a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as the "genius grant." She describes how it feels to win the prestigious award and how it might affect her work with America's "visible invisible" domestic workers.
Eradicating weeds is one of the thorniest problems facing organic farmers. Weeding by hand is backbreaking work, but using herbicide means the farm is no longer organic. Enter agronomist Frank Forcella, who's modifying an ordinary sandblaster kill weeds and fertilizes food crops, too.
As world leaders discuss future steps against climate change, some nations say they simply don't have time to wait. Many, like the Marshall Islands, are Pacific island nations whose citizens are already fleeing rising waters and disappearing homes.
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.
Tiny Moldova is Europe's poorest country, and it relies on exports — mostly to Russia — to keep its economy going. But as it makes overtures to the European Union, Russia is using embargoes to pressure the country and its Russian-speaking minority to resist, drawing inevitable comparisons to Ukraine.
Tennis experts agree that French tennis star Gaël Monfils has serious game. But Monfils appears to be as much of an entertainer as he is a player. Even as he heads to the quarterfinals against Roger Federer, it's his antics and on-court dancing that seem to endear him to the crowds.
Another year at the US Open is nearly over — and it will be another year without an American keeping the men's title at home. In fact, only two Americans are left among tennis' top 50 men, and neither is a serious major contender. Sadly, it doesn't look like this decline is going to end any time soon.
The Darién Gap is a small stretch of rugged, swampy terrain between Panama and Colombia. It's the only point in the 48,000 mile long Pan-American highway where the highway literally stops — because it can't go forward.
In New York City, sharing a cab with a stranger is about as popular as eating pizza with a knife and fork. Yet a new study by MIT researchers says shared rides could cost half as much, take just a few minutes longer on average and dramatically slow traffic and pollution. But would New Yorkers do it?
When Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head two years ago, the Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility. On Friday, the Pakistan army said it had caught a gang of 10 men behind the attack. Elsewhere in Pakistan, a new branch of al-Qaeda seems to have bungled its first attack, but wants the press coverage anyway. And a 45-story skyscraper of squatters is being cleared in Venezuela, all in this weekend's Global Scan.
After the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge that swept YouTube, European young people are hoping for viral success with a campaign to bring world attention back to the conflict on Ukraine's eastern border. Meanwhile, killing is the subject of newly-published scientific research. In this case, the killers, though, are chimps. And a Chinese tennis star retires in her 30s, having brought tennis and a bit of sports freedom to her home country, in this weekend's Global Scan.
A group of Chicago-based artists put on a puppet show and got a standing ovation last week. In Iran. The 10 American puppeteers were invited to the Tehran Mobarak Puppet Festival. It was the first performance by American artists at the festival event in nearly 17 years.
Carnatic music is an ancient Indian style that relies on compositions hundreds of years old. But Uppalapu "Mandolin" Srinivas was the first man in history to introduce a Western instrument to the genre, earning him adoration from artists and fans. Srinivas died earlier this month after a liver transplant.
Philemon Semere has a harrowing story to tell. For seven months, the Eritrean refugee was held captive in the middle of the Sinai desert for a huge ransom. He managed to be set free last year after his family paid some of the $25,000 his captors demanded. Now, an American woman is offering him a place to stay and work — on her remote ranch in California.