Japan's Prime Minster Shinzo Abe dressed as Super Mario during the closing ceremony at the Rio Olympics. Video games are big in his country and around the globe. Gamers say it's well past time video games were included as an Olympic event.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said this week he was ready to get vicious in the war with what he called radical Islam. But he also said he was ready to embrace "moderate Muslims." The leader of "Muslims for Peace" responds.
In the German capital of Berlin, graveyards are disappearing. They’re being converted into public parks, playgrounds, even land for new housing. To some, it might sound macabre. But in Germany, it reflects evolving attitudes about death.
Three years ago, photographer Misha Friedman traveled to South Africa. He went to Gugulethu, a township near Cape Town, to photograph several women living with HIV and tuberculosis. This year, he went back to try and find the women again. Some have since died. Friedman has now produced a new portrait series — focusing in part on those who were left behind and on the ongoing HIV crisis in South Africa — a country with the highest infection rate in the world.
As a team of refugees participates in the Olympics for the first time, refugees around the world are playing sports in the camps they're temporarily calling home. Social welfare organizations like the YMCA also recognized the value of sports in refugee camps dating as far back as World War II.
It's not a new phenomenon for young people to work summer jobs to make money and gain skills. For children who came to the US as refugees, there’s a bit more at stake though. These families get three months of assistance when they arrive — and then they're mostly on their own.
Bronze medal-winning fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad has drawn attention with her choice to wear a hijab in Olympic competition. But she's not the first, by far. It's an issue being faced by women at the highest level of sports around the world all the time.