When a Chinese economics professor at Peking University complained about being blackballed for political reasons, faculty at his partner institution, Wellesley College, tried to offer their support in an open letter. What happened is a lesson on the limits of US influence in China.
Some people watch the Super Bowl for the ads. We watch the Oscars for the odd things that stars say and do. We've made it easy to keep track of the clichés and self-parodies with Studio 360's Awards Night Bingo card. So get ready to mark on your card when someone begins a speech with "Oh my god!" or invokes Nelson Mandela.
Sonia Narang answered your questions about her story and her observations about maternal and newborn health in Nepal during a live Q&A on The World's Facebook page on Tuesday, February 25. Narang's report, part of our "Ninth Month" series, examined the efforts to change Nepal’s ingrained attitudes and behaviors around pregnant women performing strenuous tasks that put mothers and their unborn children at risk.
In college we used to shout with the live crowd on Paco de Lucía's “Friday Night in San Francisco.” It wasn't because we were mimicking the audience, but because Paco de Lucía’s playing was so invigorating and inspiring. You couldn’t help yourself. That album was one of my first portals into this realm we've come to call "world music."
Since late January, someone has been posting audio recordings on YouTube of phone calls between people said to be Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle. The prime minister says they're fake, and part of a plot to take down his government.
Facebook seems poised to bring Internet to the world, quite literally. The company is reported to be on the verge of buying a drone manufacturer to do just that. That, however, wasn't what led the pope to utter a rather coarse profanity in front of a large audience over the weekend. His F-bomb was actually just a mistake in pronunciation. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
The Russian move into Ukraine has surely put the Crimean peninsula in the media spotlight. But Crimea's also a place that's embedded in Russian popular culture and art. It's a place that has filled the imagination of artists, poets and writers for centuries.
With all the drama over Russia's intentions in Crimea, another Russian story has been pushed to the back pages. Pussy Riot.
Now the Russian punk protest group is back in the headlines. There's a disturbing video making the rounds, that shows an apparent attack on two Pussy Riot members.
It may sound gruesome, but researchers say they can produce safer cars by using cadavers in some crash tests. The US pioneered the technique in the 1930s and now Europe is ready to use cadavers, as well as test dummies.
Libyans had great hope when they started their revolution three years ago and deposed long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Now, many are tired and frustrated with a weak central government and broken promises. On February 20, they face a hastily-arranged election to select delegates who will only now start writing a new constitution.
Russia is projecting a new image at these Olympics: a helpful, welcoming Russia. Suddenly police are friendlier, politicians meet with activists, people are recycling. It's a version of Russia a lot of people would like to have, but it may not last beyond the games.
The capture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman is a "huge break for Mexico," according to journalist Alfredo Corchado. But he says it's only a partial victory for Mexicans unless they use it to find out which government authorities have been colluding with the drug cartels.
This weekend is Losar — the Tibetan New Year's celebration. Around the world, Tibetans are gathering with friends and family, to celebrate the fresh start the new year brings — often with lots of feasting. But in the backdrop of that are concerns over the current state of affairs in Tibet.
China's official news media is blaming 'separatists' from Xinjiang for a vicious knife attack that killed 29 people in the city of Kunming over the weekend. The incident could represent an unprecedented escalation in the long-running feud.
Sochi's dogs were recently described as pests, expected to be exterminated from the Olympic venues. But that cavalier attitude prompted international outrage and at least one Russian billionaire has opened up his wallet to help save some of Sochi's dogs. Meanwhile, in the UAE, the government is ready to launch a drone delivery service. And a homeless man in England looks set to return to his native Jamaica, thanks to the generosity of strangers.
Most Chinese believe the government's view that Tibet is thriving under China's rule. They rarely hear about China's heavy hand there or its suppression of Tibetan dissent. That's where Tsering Woeser, a poet who grew up in Tibet, comes in. She lives in China and writes in Chinese striving to give a voice to her people.