Lifestyle & Belief

Great Weekend Reads

A territorial showdown in the South China Sea overshadowed President Obama's trip to Southeast Asia, the conflict in Israel and Gaza continued on its fiery trajectory and for the first time in human history, more people are obese than hungry.

No matter how you cut it, it's been a big week for the world. Here's a sampling of the most important stories from GlobalPost and a look at some of the news you may have missed.


The world is fat
In-depth series: For the first time in human history, more people are obese than hungry.





Gaza: Roots of the conflict
For the residents of war-torn Gaza, this battle is just one in a series that will not end until Israel's occupation of the West Bank does.





Israel faces an online cataclysm as global hackers converge on .il domains
Israel's Gaza offensive has angered the infamous hacker collective Anonymous. But that's not all.





Temperature rising in the South China Sea
Territorial showdown overshadows Obama's trip to Southeast Asia.





 Congo: In rebel push, civilians displaced

Thousands have fled fighting in eastern Congo.






One giant leap for Europe?
Cash-strapped countries decide on their space program's future.






India: 'Scarface'-style shootout showcases gangland democracy
Uttar Pradesh liquor baron's death shakes the shadowy corridors of power.





Planet Pic: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade delights New York post-Sandy
Photos: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off in New York on Thursday morning.





Rights Blog: 'Killer robots' wage Israel-Gaza violence
Human Rights Watch has released a new report questioning the morality of drones against the backdrop of another Israel-Palestinian war.





Movember: Team GlobalPost on a global moustache mission
Video: Movember is here and that means one thing: it's time to embrace the moustache! Watch this video to find out GP staff members' thoughts on moustache icons and why everyone should support the Movember cause!