Among the 845 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a surprisingly high number are located in just a few European countries, and even more are based off European influence. This has serious implications about the cultural preservation for the history of much of the rest of the world's people.
Over the past two decades democracy has blossomed in Africa. But there is still a deep-rooted feeling among Western academics, policymakers and journalists that African democracies are not yet “the finished product.”
In France, the dropout rate at public universities is high — only 40 percent make it past the first year. That's one reason the French government is overhauling its rules on higher education, but some say the changes "break the way universities work."
My Red Light in Amsterdam is almost entirely run by former or current sex workers. And it's designed to ensure that those who rent rooms there aren't being trafficked or exploited. But some maintain that the work itself is inherently exploitative.
In Germany, some right-wing groups blame the recent arrival of Muslim asylum-seekers for an apparent rise in anti-Jewish incidents. But others say that's only part of the story. They point out that anti-Semitism in 21st century Germany has been around for a while.
Right up until the day of the referendum, pretty much everyone thought Ireland’s vote on abortion this past Friday was going to be close. It wasn’t. Two-thirds of voters said "yes" to repealing the country’s constitutional ban on abortion.
The Beaufort Gyre, a key Arctic Ocean current that traps huge amounts of ice and cold freshwater, is behaving strangely. When it eventually discharges its contents, the event could begin a period of sharply lower temperatures in northern Europe.
Dr. Jacques Pépin, who spent years battling disease in Africa, has published a new book that looks at the history of HIV/AIDS, tracing not only the current outbreak, but also looking at earlier outbreaks perhaps dating to the 1920s and 1930s.
In Argentina, try to find a Big Mac on a McDonald's menu and you'll have to look hard. Order one, though, and it'll be among the cheapest items on the menu. That's because, economists say, the government is probably fixing the price in a bid to make inflation seem lower.