Lifestyle & Belief

Great Weekend Reads

Boston marked one week since the Marathon bombing, France passed same-sex marriage, and in Indonesia, villagers in Aceh are plowing ahead in their suit against ExxonMobil.

No matter how you cut it, it has been a big week for the world. Here is a sampling of some of the best stories you might have missed.


Boston Attack: Full coverage
GlobalPost reports on the wide-ranging investigation that spans from Boston to Russia and beyond.



Indonesians sue ExxonMobil in US court
Villagers in Aceh claim ExxonMobil is responsible for human rights abuses committed by Indonesian soldiers guarding its natural gas pipeline and processing facility.



Syria: A timeline of 'red line' rhetoric (VIDEO)
US intelligence agencies and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have said it's likely chemical weapons were used in Syria.



K-pop's dirty little secret
You'd think it was a glamorous industry, with Koreans joining the ranks of Hollywood glitterati. But you'd be wrong.



Israeli beer tasting notes
Before a new beer tax hits Israel's pub crawlers, here's the rundown of some of the beers in the Middle East, from mainstream ale famous for college bartenders to craftier microbrews for more refined palates.


Kurdish men dress in drag to support gender equality
The campaign 'Kurd Men for Equality' is a response to an Iranian court's sentence for a man found guilty in a domestic abuse case.



GroundTruth: Charles Sennott on the Boston bombings
In the wake of the Marathon bombing, a Boston journalist reflects.




On Location: Senegal's cycle of debt

Video: Debt threatens the livelihoods of Senegal's small farmers.




Planet Pic: Protests futile as France legalizes same-sex marriage
Photos: France has become the world's 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage.



Russia: Cosmonauts may carry Olympic torch on spacewalk

Part of the Winter 2014 Olympic torch relay could take place outside the International Space Station.