The Etruscans lived in central Italy more than 2500 years ago. They were "the teachers of our teachers," the Romans. Yet we still can't be sure where they came from. The key to unlocking the Etruscan enigma may lie in genetics and linguistics.
On Friday, Pope Francis released Amoris Laetitia, a 256-page apostolic exhortation in which he writes about the matters of the family covering things from divorce to gay and lesbian members of the church.
In New Orleans, people have been constructing elaborate altars in honor of St. Joseph since the Sicilians brought the tradition to the city in the 19th century. But it’s not just the Sicilians in New Orleans who celebrate now.
The Mafia has been part of Sicilian life for generations, and so has the battle by police to arrest its leaders. The elite unit that goes after them is called the Catturandi — from the word meaning "to catch" — one of its officers described the shadowy world in which he works, and how he kept his job hidden from his girlfriend until she recognized his bottom on TV.
A Dutch company is trying to organize a mission to Mars – four people on a one-way trip. Now, some Islamic clerics say people who go on the mission and die would face punishment in the afterlife. Plus "Tweaa" can no longer be said in Ghana's Parliament, and a work of art is trashed, literally, in today's Global Scan.
Europe has a long history of searching for and cataloging its indigenous species. But, surprisingly, a number of species still went undiscovered. Now, there's a renewed effort to find the insects and other small creatures previously unknown — before humans unknowingly force them into extinction.
An Italian appeals court has tossed out most of the convictions in the case involving earthquake scientists and a public official in L'Aquila, Italy. They had earlier been found guilty of failing to warn the public about risks right before a deadly quake hit, killing more than 300 people.
Facebook may be one reason why the numbers of Nigerian women trafficked into Europe is growing. Many prostitutes hide the realities of their life, and present only a glamorous side for friends and family back home.