ISIS has threatened to kill two hostages: an air force pilot from Jordan and a freelance journalist from Japan. Now Jordan has proposed a prisoner exchange, but will the deal satisfy ISIS? Can it happen soon enough?
A more prosperous China is getting more interested in wellness — and Daoist temples are offering courses on nutrition, health, meditation and tai chi. Government money is pouring into temples as Beijing has said nice things about Daoism, says journalist and author Ian Johnson.
You'd be forgiven for thinking Greece's financial mess had been straightened out. After all, there's been little talk lately of a Greek exit, or "Grexit," from the Eurozone. But a call for new elections in Greece, coupled with the strength of an anti-austerity party headed by Alexis Tsipras, has Europeans considering Grexit 2.0.
Neither the occurrence of a terrorist attack nor the deaths of people who were widely loved was easy for France to bear on Wednesday. But as people gather in French cities to mourn, there are hopes that the attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper will help spark a conversation about radicalism in France.
Centuries old books that were smuggled out of Timbuktu during the siege of the city by Islamist rebels are now on display at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. The Timbuktu Renaissance exhibition is a glimpse at what's been called one of the biggest cultural rescue operations ever carried out during a political-ideological war.
A shaken France is hoping the tragedy and drama of this week are now over. The two brothers suspected of carrying out that murderous attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are now dead. The fact that the suspects have been linked to Islamic extremist groups has raised all sorts of alarms in France and beyond. That's also sparked fear of a backlash against France's Muslim community.
Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four people at a kosher supermarket in Paris, was a French Muslim from a poor suburb. Another French Muslim who shares the same background says he knows what it's like to be an outsider in his own country.
College students in South Africa today grew up after apartheid but they still wrestle with big questions about equality. Here they describe the challenges they face even as the country embarks on a more hopeful future.
Don't be embarrassed. We all look at the off-the-wall products offered in in-flight magazine SkyMall. Now that the company has filed for bankruptcy, let us commiserate about the products that we will never again not have.
Humans speak 6,000 languages, but half of them will disappear within the next 50 years. Even today, some ancient tongues have only one remaining speaker. The new PBS film, "Language Matters," looks at the languages that are struggling to survive.
The FBI has uncovered a Russian spy ring in New York and arrested one of its members — even though the spies didn't accomplish much at all. So are the arrests just a way for the US to distract from its lack of bargaining power as Russia steps up its involvement in Ukraine again?
Nora Suselo is a housekeeper. During apartheid, it was practically the only way black women were allowed in urban communities. And it was an important source of income, too. Today, the circumstances have changed by the money is still important.