Kim Jong-un is far from the first world leader to get mocked on film. In 1940, Charlie Chaplin raised eyebrows when he released his comedy, "The Great Dictator," and the reaction to the movie could be a lesson for modern society.
He left the island in 2007 after thinking the US and Cuba would never mend their differences. So the recent news is sweet and sour, especially after selling a home he put his life into making beautiful.
For years, Stephen Colbert's conservative parody showed how satire and ridicule can be powerful forms of expression. Now with Sony canceling "The Interview" in the face of apparent North Korean threats, his show's ending seems like an even bigger blow for free speech.
Real of fake? In Southern California you hear that question a lot. But at Christmas it applies to trees. Which kind of tree is better for both expressing the spirit of the holiday and for the environment? A new company has a solution that doesn't make you have to choose one over the other.
Many young Iranian couples are choosing to live together before marriage, and the rise in such "white marriages" has Iranian officials worried. But there are also some good reasons why young Iranians don't want to tie the knot.
In Chinese tradition, women who give birth are supposed to spend a month indoors with their new babies. It's not easy to follow that tradition here in the US, but one second-generation Chinese American woman in New York City did savor one part of the tradition — special foods made by her mother-in-law.
The Blacksad series of noir graphic novels stands out for two reasons. All the characters are animals. And the series is set in 1950s America, even though its original creator has never been to the US.
The Dalai Lama prohibits his followers from praying to what he considers the malevolent deity of Dorje Shugden. But adherents of this practice, many of them western converts, say the Tibetan religious leader is guilty of persecution.
Sometimes we choose dogs — and sometimes they choose us. A scruffy, yellow Ecuadorean street dog followed a team of Swedish trekkers on a race through the Amazon. He became the star of the race and ended up becoming the trusty companion to the team's captain.
There's nothing like a little American exceptionalism to roil some feelings in Europe. Perhaps you've seen the latest Cadillac ad — a tour de force in American pride. But it's engendering a pretty cold reaction from reporter Gerry Hadden's French in-laws.
Because the word's origins are murky, it's difficult to know just how insulting calling someone a "coonass" used to be. Today, some Cajuns view the word as an ethnic slur, while others have embraced it as a badge of honor.
Before he achieved crossover fame on the 1960s TV show 'Hee Haw', musician Buck Owens helped pioneer a new kind of country music: the so-called Bakersfield sound.His Carnegie Hall concert was a milestone for Owens and for country music.
The Nigerian Islamic militant movement Boko Haram has threatened to sell several hundred kidnapped girls into slavery. That would suggest there's a market for slaves in Africa's Sahel region. Which — you might be surprised to hear — actually does exist.
Mosques have huge variations in their designs and decorations. But when it comes to designing new mosques in the US, one architect wants to focus on sustainability instead of ornate designs and big chandeliers.
It's been about 200 years since you could see a cow-hand on horse-back in Britain. But now a nature reserve in southern England has hired 30-year old Lisa Hawthornthwaite to mind the cattle on its land.