When a language goes extinct, it takes a wealth of knowledge about its local environment along with it. A new reports says that may be why languages and biodiversity are declining at similar rates around the world.
An attack on an alleged Baghdad brothel is being blamed on Shiite militias — the forces the Iraqi government is using to check the advance of ISIS. Meanwhile, a Pakistani storekeeper shares a list of the Taliban's favorite purchases from his store. And a Spanish man is in trouble for his selfie, in today's Global Scan.
Rui Chenggang is well known for his provocative interviews with corporate and world business leaders for CCTV — the state-run Chinese Central Television. But last week, just before going on air, he was taken away by the authorities.
In Gaza, the fighting and the civilian population are so tightly packed together that watermelon fields also serve as launching areas for rockets into Israel. And as bombs continue to fall, the streets have turned empty.
South African writer and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer has died at her home in Johannesburg at the age of 90. The accomplished novelist was also beloved for her staunch anti-apartheid activism and mentoring of black South African writers.
Dozens of Palestinians with US passports or legal residency in the US have managed to get out of the Gaza Strip since the most recent violence began, but there are dozens more still there. And it's not clear if or when they will be able to leave.
17-year old Malala Yousafzai was herself a victim of terrorism, when a Taliban hitman tried to kill her for supporting girls' education in Pakistan. Today, she met with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan and relatives of the kidnapped girls to add her voice, and pressure, to the call of "bring back our girls."
Russians, buoyed by their success at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year, are looking forward to the World Cup in 2018. But they're worried the Russian national soccer team, which tied twice and lost once in Brazil, will let them down.
A Sri Lankan paper recently tried a new way to fight disease: printing the news using mosquito-repelling ink. But no one knows for sure if such moves are effective — or just a creative advertising stunt.
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.
A new website called WildLeaks is hoping to do for poaching and wildlife crimes what WikiLeaks did for national security. And after just four months, the portal for anonymous information is already producing results.
In France, government-funded agencies help people save their loved ones from so-called cults. But that list includes groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses and, not too long ago, Baptists. Some of them are now fighting back in courts.