At the Academy Awards tonight, the British-American film "12 Years A Slave" is up for nine Oscars. It is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black violinist in New York who was sold into slavery in the 1800s. His great-great-great-grandson says the story gave his family a rare gift among African Americans —the ability to trace their ancestry.
There's something about the mile sprint that captures the imagination. It's equivalent to running 15 miles per hour or 24 kilometers per hour. And when Roger Bannister ran it in under four minutes, the world took note.
One of Persia’s most famous ancient artifacts, the Cyrus Cylinder, is finishing its first US tour. And it is making Iranians in the US proud of their past and their people's claim to being among the first to officially acknowledge human rights.
An episode of ancient history is making news this week. New research about a catastrophic tsunami 8000 years ago was recently published. It seems the flood obliterated the people living on large islands off the coast of Europe that now lie beneath the sea. Is this where the myth of Atlantis comes from?
Christine and Peter Brierley cannot forget the Iraq War, or forgive Tony Blair. The former prime minister lead a war charge that ended up killing their son, Shaun, a lance corporal who died serving in the war in 2003.
Coptic Christians across the world are responding to the news from Libya and the apparent beheading of 21 members of their faith. Some though, can't bring themselves to watch the new, and horrific, ISIS video.
After scoring some big victories in the US in 2014, the movement to get institutions to cut their ties to fossil fuel companies is broadening its focus in the UK to include big name museums and even toy companies.