There's not previously been a legal abortion clinic on the Irish island. But this week, a new clinic opened in Belfast, Northern Ireland. While it won't provide surgical abortions, women who meet strict criteria can go there and get the abortion pill. The whole episode marks a change in Irish culture, but has still ignited protests.
Politicians of all stripes are clamoring to lay out how they'd support continued growth in green energy jobs. But when it comes to talking about green jobs, politicians are focused mostly on the jobs part and less on the green.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard went on the offensive, recently, telling her opponent he had no right to lecture her on sexism — because of his own behavior. In a 15-minute speech, she cited multiple examples of his "misogyny" — and in the process ignited a discussion about the meaning of the word, which might change the dictionary itself.
Earlier this year, a well-meaning parishioner took it on herself to try and restore a 19th-century fresco of Jesus Christ at a church in northeastern Spain. But she botched the painting restoration and created an image so comical, now known as the Monkey Boy of Borja, tourists are flocking.
In the Sinai Peninsula, there's a Christian monastery with a history dating back centuries. In their library, they have well-preserved ancient texts that scientists are now hoping contain more than, literally, meets the eye. The two groups are working together to find out.
Israel's Army Radio station is one of the most popular in the country. So, for musicians, it's a must-visit stop for anyone trying to secure a breakout hit. But when Yizhar Ashdot showed up for a live performance this past weekend, station managers told him not to bother playing his album's title track.
Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who broke into U.S. computer systems shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, won't be extradited from the United Kingdom after all, because a British lawmaker ruled it would be inhumane. McKinnon was diagnosed in 2008 with depression and Asperger's Syndrome.
Luis Diaz owns a bar in Barcelona, where he's appealing to a specific clientele. Upstairs, once a week, he turns his bar into a Copla club -- a place where people nostalgic for a bygone era can gather and appreciate a long-ago departed musical style.
Because of Myanmar's economic stagnation over the past decades, very little development has taken place -- which has allowed the country's historic colonial buildings to endure. But as the country loosens up, some preservationists are worried it may lead to destruction of relatively rundown, but still historic, buildings.
If all goes as planned, Haiti, yes North America's Haiti, will become the latest member of the African Union sometime in January. Haiti and Africa share a sense of history, and African countries stepped up in the wake of Haiti's earthquake, which has led some to conclude the time is right to formalize their ties.

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