Many Facebook users were upset the company experimented on the emotional states of 689,000 users without their consent. For dictators, this just gave them more fodder to convince the public Facebook is evil.
Google is moving to implement Europe's controversial 'right to be forgotten' — with a twist. It's started by removing search results from news organizations, very likely to be upset. That story and more in today's Global Scan.
Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iranian women have been forbidden from attending public sporting events. Foreign women are allowed to support their teams in public. So recently some Iranian women snuck into a stadium wearing jerseys showing support for Brazil's volleyball team.
Israel's Arab citizens are linked to Palestinians by history and, in many cases, by family ties. That puts them in an uncomfortable place — condemning Israeli airstrikes while having to dodge rockets fired from Gaza.
Funeral homes are offering more and more alternatives these days when it comes to burials. For example, Danish funeral director Sille Kongstad's come up with a cleaner, greener way to take a last spin through Copenhagen. It's a bicycle-powered hearse, and it is truly one sweet final ride.
China's not known for its press freedom — though its citizens are voracious consumers of news. A new site, Cenci, had taken the country's journalism world by storm ... until censors decided to make it invisible. Meanwhile in Boston, you can buy soup in bite-size, edible balls. It's a Harvard researcher's idea to cut plastic waste. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Egypt to help broker a ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. But so far there's no sign that a settlement is any closer to happening — and bombs and rockets continue to fly.
Amidst the turmoil that has slow Libya's economy and plunged the country's political system into turmoil, there is one bright light. The city of Misrata, one of the hotspots of the revolution, has an economy that is thriving — but locals say it won't achieves its full potential until the country gets on the right track.
The man Lady Gaga called the "mayor of Iceland" is obsessed with language: the language of professional politicians, the language of satire and the restrictive rules in Iceland that prevent him from officially changing his name.
Have you ever noticed the Greek worriers on those historic vases you see in museums? In most cases they're wearing what looks like a mini-dress. They're not just fashion statement, though. Those outfits are actually armor — made out of linen. And they work, too.
The situation on the southern border is serious, with thousands of child migrants streaming across the border each month. Republicans and Democrats are blaming each other for the problem — but they're also signaling they might be willing to make a deal.