Julie Masis is a freelance journalist. Her stories have been published in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Montreal Gazette, The Globe and Mail, the Jerusalem Post, the Times of Israel, and in other newspapers and magazines. Other than journalism, she has also taught English to Buddhist monks in Cambodia, organized tours to the Khmer Rouge tribunal, wrote a book about how her grandfather lived to be 100, and is currently the publisher of the Russian Boston Gazette, a small newspaper for the Russian-speaking community in Boston. She speaks English, French and Russian.
At a publicly subsidized day care for the children of single mothers in Montréal, the objective is to take care not only of the children but also of the women.
Bullfighting has been banned in Catalonia since 2011. But another dangerous activity — castells, or human towers — is gaining popularity.
The last czar was nicknamed "Bloody Nicholas" after his soldiers fired on peaceful protesters in 1905. But the Russian Orthodox Church made Nicholas II a saint seven years ago, and has funded and consecrated many monuments to him.
The former Soviet country Moldova is planning to build a new monument to Roma victims of the Holocaust. A previous memorial was destroyed by vandals.
The number of US citizens requesting asylum north of the border more than doubled between 2015 and 2016, from 80 to 187. Most of them were denied.