More than 150,000 people arrived by boat on the Italian coast last year — many of them landing on the tiny Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. The Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi has been documenting the lives of the local people on the island, as they watch what is unfolding around them.
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.
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.