Funerals are meant to be solemn affairs, according to the Catholic Church in Australia, and only religious music is allowed.
A new project could bring better sight to remote areas of the world using smartphones.
An Iraqi refugee discovers how to use the skills he learned under the Iraqi embargo to create a new life in the United States.
Marriage is expensive in the Arab world, and a tough economy is changing relationships in Morocco.
France may soon institute a ban on wearing burkas in public. A French real estate developer and his wife are trying to help people ignore it.
Soap operas from Turkey are forging trust and curiosity among residents of Bulgaria, its long-time foe.
China and the United States are battling for economic trade and investment in Indonesia's skyrocketing economy.
Lebanon's iconic cedar trees are in danger after years of logging and emerging climate change. NGOs and the Shouf Cedar Reserve are trying to save them.
The Iranian president raised eyebrows when he used a crude expression, but the Iranian leader has been known to use colorful language.
Some 280 centenarians have been reported missing in Japan, with family members suspected of covering up their deaths for pension benefits.

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