One of this year's recipients of the MacArthur Foundation's "genius grants" is Jose Quinonez, recognized for his work connecting low-income immigrants to mainstream financial services. His nonprofit tracks informal loans and builds credit history.
The ancient border that separates Europe and Asia has, over the millennia, stayed roughly in the same place. But the identities of the continents have taken on rich and enduring cultural and political meanings.
The Afghan government has given a full pardon to a warlord whose nickname is "The Butcher of Kabul." Despite the deal, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar remains a wanted terrorist in the US. His name brings terror to many Afghans.