As the violence in Mali escalates following France’s intervention to halt the advance of Islamist fighters, UNESCO has issued calls for the protection of the ancient city of Timbuktu, urging armed forces to safeguard the nation’s historic and religious landmarks.
“I ask all armed forces to make every effort to protect the cultural heritage of the country, which has already been severely damaged,” the U.N. agency’s director-general Irina Bokova said earlier this week.
I have a dog. A dog who, as I write this, is curled up quietly on the sofa, probably dreaming about dog things: Chasing squirrels. Riding in the car. His fake doggy girlfriend in California whom he’s never actually met.
And, just like every other night, before we go to bed, I’ll open up the back door so he can prance out into the yard to drop a toaster-sized stinker on my lawn. Which I’ll promptly pick up some time next month. Maybe.
This entire routine required a learning curve that took all of about a week when he was just a puppy.
Americans have been asking themselves some tough questions: why does this happen so often and so much more in America than in other countries? What does gun violence say about us as Americans and what measures can we put in place to stop it?
A similar bout of public soul-searching was on display in India recently. Across the country, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to express outrage over the rape and death of one unnamed woman.
The Arab television network Al Jazeera said Wednesday it has acquired Current TV, the U.S. network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
The buy will give the network — headquartered in Doha, Qatar — greater access to the U.S. market.
“By acquiring Current TV, Al Jazeera will significantly expand our existing distribution footprint in the U.S., as well as increase our newsgathering and reporting efforts in America,” Al Jazeera Director General Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani said in a news release. “We look forward to working together with our new cable and satellite partners to serve our new audiences across the U.S.”
In the 1970s and ’80s, when corporate America was plagued with inefficiency, a new class of financially motivated takeover investors emerged to prey on the fattest in the corporate herd and scare the rest into line.
Today, as pockets of corporate America are plagued with immorality, we need a new class of socially motivated takeover investor to prey on the sociopaths in the corporate herd, turn them around and perhaps scare (or shame) others into line.
The U.N. reports that half a million people have registered as refugees from the Syrian civil war — but a recently returned Red Cross worker says the true figure is far higher because those fleeing are too scared to register.
“I don’t want to register as a refugee. I’m afraid this could mean a problem for us when we go back to Syria. I don’t know how, but it could be a problem.”
For the third time, Mahmoud Al-Qassab lowers the body of one of his children into the ground. He steps back as neighbors and relatives shovel dirt over his teenage daughter’s grave.
He does not cry or wail.
“I thank God this is my third martyr: Ahmed, Abdullah and now her. I thank God, and I will not say anything against his fate,” Mahmoud told an activist filming the small funeral.
Just a few months ago, 18-year-old Ayat Al-Qassab sang and danced with her mother and aunts as they dressed the bride in her wedding gown. Now, her shattered and bloodied body lies in a grave below the crumbling, bullet-ridden buildings of Homs.
Cuando pensamos en el Universo y el espacio sideral, solemos imaginar una masa negra azulada plagada de destellos luminosos. Pero no podríamos estar más equivocados, pues según un estudio de la Universidad John Hopkins, el Universo es de hecho de color beige.
Al principio de los tiempos, el espacio era predominantemente azul pues estaba plagado con estrellas jóvenes de esta tonalidad.
El titular de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT),Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, aseguró que el satélite Bicentenario permitirá reducir la brecha digital, que es una de las formas actuales de la desigualdad entre personas, comunidades y regiones.
En el marco del lanzamiento del cohete que transporta dicho aparato desde Kourou, Guyana Francesa, el funcionario dijo también que se proporcionarán servicios de telecomunicaciones a diversas comunidades a las que no es posible enlazar por otra vía que no sea la tecnología satelital.
Health workers administering polio vaccinations came under fresh attack in Pakistan on Wednesday, a troubling development in a nation that remains one of three in the world where the disease has yet to be eradicated.
Three workers were killed in separate attacks, a day after five others died in similar circumstances.
All of them were part of a massive vaccination campaign nationwide.
If you really want to know where you are, you need to pull back—way back. DigitalGlobe has rounded up the most amazing satellite images of the Earth created this year, ranging from a glimpse of the desert cauldron of creativity that is Burning Man to a massive copper mine in the South American country of Chile. These images show the surface of our planet as we’ve shaped it.
An Afghan designer and former refugee has developed a low-cost, wind-powered mine detonating device inspired by the toys he played with as a child.
Massoud Hassani‘s Mine Kafon is composed almost entirely from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, with a skeletal structure of spiky plungers that resembles a giant spherical tumbleweed from another planet.
Thick, handsome mustaches have long been prized by men throughout the Middle East as symbols of masculine virility, wisdom and maturity.
But not all mustaches are created equal, and in recent years, increasing numbers of Middle Eastern men have been going under the knife to attain the perfect specimen.
Turkish plastic surgeon Selahattin Tulunay says the number of mustache implants he performs has boomed in the last few years. He now performs 50-60 of the procedures a month, on patients who hail mostly from the Middle East and travel to Turkey as medical tourists.
El futuro de las telecomunicaciones en el país está garantizado con tres nuevos satélites que se incorporarán a partir de diciembre próximo al Sistema Satelital Mexicano (Satmex), afirmó este jueves el presidente Felipe Calderón, al inaugurar el nuevo centro de mando del sistema.
“No solo renovamos nuestra red satelital, sino que garantizamos la cobertura del sistema de telecomunicaciones en todas las ciudades del país”, dijo Calderón en uno de sus últimos actos oficiales antes de dejar la presidencia.
En México hay 40.9 millones de usuarios de internet, de los cuales el 64.1 % tienen entre 12 y 34 años, informó este jueves el Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) en su Encuesta en Hogares sobre Disponibilidad y Uso de las Tecnologías de la Información.
La cifra de cibernautas aumentó en un 8.8 % en comparación con 2011, informó la dependencia a través de un comunicado. Y el número de hogares que cuentan con internet también se incrementó a 7.9 millones, cifra que representa el 26 % del total en México.
A toy helicopter controlled by nothing but brainwaves could be available to the public just in time to hover under this year’s Christmas tree.
Currently touted on crowd-funding website Kickstarter — where it has already exceeded its pledge goal twice over — the Orbit comes equipped with an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, capable of reading electrical activity along the scalp.
It’s the one fact about Mexico that you probably didn’t know. The country’s name is not really Mexico, at least not officially. After gaining independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico officially became the “United Mexican States.”
The American independence movement had inspired Mexican leaders of that era and since Mexico, in fact, also was a territory composed of states, the name stuck and became official in 1824.
Regular readers will know we love to write about food. We love to celebrate the good stuff and lambast the bad.
But there’s a debate we’ve avoided, if only to save computer screens the world over from the liters of spittle that will fly from the mouths of irate readers as they vent incredulously about our “ignorant, biased, un-researched and unreasoned” choices.
When a downtrodden Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in protest after his vegetable cart was confiscated by officials, this desperate act of self-sacrifice was seen as a catalyst for a revolution that became known as the Arab Spring.
Contrast this with China, where almost 80 people — men and women — have self-immolated since 2009 in protest against Beijing’s poor treatment of Tibet, according to rights groups. Yet details of these cases are often sketchy and difficult to verify, such is the stranglehold China has over the region.
When London’s Olympic organizers needed a knockout venue that would wow the International Olympic Committee and hold the world’s attention, they turned to Zaha Hadid, a provocateur who critics have described as “the Lady Gaga of architecture”.
Iraqi-born Hadid is one of the greatest architects alive. In 2004, she became the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s greatest honor. The year prior, she was awarded the European Union Mies van der Rohe Prize for a tram station in Strasbourg.
President Barack Obama is getting a lot of free advice. Here’s a question, not an answer: With every issue in the Middle East intertwined with every other, like a giant bowl of spaghetti, where do you begin?
In reality, no matter where you begin in the Middle East, each strand connects to almost every other:
Syria? Immediately you must think of the Turks who are harboring refugees and fighters just across the border, and Syrian Kurds, who are beginning to harbor thoughts of autonomy and are increasing contacts with their ethnic brothers in Iraq and Turkey.
The Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock, the main body representing millions of farmers in Brazil, will open an office in Beijing next Wednesday aiming to increase bilateral agricultural trade and attract Chinese investment in Brazilian infrastructure.
“By 2015, 30 million Chinese are expected to join the middle classes, increasing demand for food. This is a very important opportunity for Brazil,” said the president of confederation, Senator Katia Abreu, who is heading the entity’s delegation in Asia.
India has been a nation of tea drinkers for centuries, but in the past decade coffee consumption has been growing. From Starbucks to Costa Coffee, coffee giants are moving into India, converting consumers from chai to cappuccino.
Last month, Starbucks opened its first outlet in India, partnering with Indian firm Tata.
“There’s a tremendous amount of coffee being sold and served in this market,” Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and CEO, told CNN’s Mallika Kapur.
Moshe Rute survived the Holocaust by hiding in a barn full of chickens. He nearly lost the use of his hands after a stroke two years ago. He became debilitated by recurring nightmares of his childhood following his wife’s death last year.
“But after I found this, everything has been better,” said the 80-year-old, as he gingerly packed a pipe with marijuana.
A British woman who was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking in Pakistan remains in jail with her child, despite concerns about the baby’s welfare.
Khadija Shah, 25, of Birmingham gave birth to her daughter, Malaika, a few weeks ago at a hospital in the city of Rawalpindi, an hour’s drive from the capital, and was escorted back to jail with the infant only three days later, to the shock and dismay of her lawyer
When night falls over Rwanda, many rural communities far removed from the country’s electricity grid descend into darkness.
Unplugged from the power lines, households in these areas rely mainly on fuel-based devices such as kerosene lamps for access to light. Such lanterns, however, are polluting and costly: They emit toxic fumes, pose fire hazards and also put a strain on family budgets.
We met her in the car park of a small shopping mall on the edge of Mbabane, Swaziland’s capital. She was too shy to get out of the car her friend had brought her in, too nervous of who might see, or what might be overheard.
She told us that she knew an isolated place where we could talk. Ten minutes later we are in scrubland standing by the rubble and remains of someone’s home.
Firefighter Peter Hudson was on the job, and gets stuck in a burning house. He recieved several severe burns while being stuck in the house and was close to death. But, while he was laying on the floor in the house he found his faith in God, and what happens next is a miracle.
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., kicked off a six-week sermon series on the topic of “Doing Business With God” over the weekend, and explained that, contrary to popular belief, Adam and Eve worked in the Garden of Eden and people will work in heaven as well.
“Some people actually think that work is punishment from God. It is not … because there was work for Adam and Eve to do in paradise,” said Warren.
I am always amazed at how a few simple ideas, offered with compassion, can turn into something extraordinary. A small group of volunteers from Turner Broadcasting recently gave their time and talents to teach refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong about photography. They had no idea that they would make such an impact!
Scientists from Britain and Japan shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday for the discovery that adult cells can be reprogrammed back into stem cells which can turn into any kind of tissue and may one day repair damaged organs.
John Gurdon, 79, of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, Britain and Shinya Yamanaka, 50, of Kyoto University in Japan, discovered ways to create tissue that would act like embryonic cells, without the need to harvest embryos. They share the $1.2 million prize equally.
On a recent afternoon in the busy commercial district of Metro Manila, a parade of 50 jeepneys debuted their new skins.
Portraying vivid scenes and pictures in brightly painted, audacious hues, they were a stark contrast to what’s been seen on the streets of late — bare metal carriages, a symptom of budget constraints and economic hardships that, out of necessity, slowly came to replace the old, colorfully decorated jeepneys famed around the world.
Odds are you wouldn’t, but with the economy booming in China, plenty of collectors are eyeing just such treasures.
And at just such gaudy price tags.
More than 300 rock markets and exhibitions are held throughout China annually, according to the China Stone Appreciation Association, generating an estimated RMB 20 billion (US$3.17 billion) each year.
Research from the nonprofit Employee Benefits Research Institute throws cold water on the notion that working until age 70 will set most Americans up for adequate retirement income.
Jack VanDerhei, research director at E.B.R.I., says some studies have suggested that by working to age 70 — five years past the traditional retirement age of 65 — nearly 80 percent of pre-retirees, including lower-income Americans, could have adequate retirement income.
I’ve been a fan boy since my friend Bill purchased me an Apple TV. Before you knew it, I had a home full of Macs and my business is now all Macs. Coming from the PC world, there have been some challenges. A couple examples off the top of my head… no macros in Office, no Microsoft Access. That’s a pretty tiny list, though. The advantages of a Mac are turning out to be far greater than the disadvantages of being a Mac in a PC world.
With the latest hardware and software, Apple has been driving home some incredible features that are fantastic for any business.
The wave of anger in North Africa and the Middle East over the anti-Islam video “Innocence of Muslims” underscores several troubling similarities between anti-Americanism in Russia and the Muslim world. Injured pride is at the top of the list.
Russia agreed on Thursday to write off nearly $500 million in debt due from Kyrgyzstan in exchange for a package of deals that will extend Moscow’s military and energy footprints on the volatile fringes of the former Soviet Union.
As Kyrgyzstan confirmed plans to close a U.S. base used to fly troops in and out of Afghanistan after Washington’s lease expires in 2014, President Vladimir Putin secured a 15-year extension to Russia’s lease on its own base in the country.
It is hard for American shoppers to avoid buying clothes made in unsafe factories abroad.
That’s because just about all, or 98%, of clothes sold in the U.S. are made overseas, according to the Apparel and Footwear Association. Also, companies don’t tell consumers if any of their suppliers violate safety standards.
The recent spate of deadly accidents in garment factories in Bangladesh has caught international attention. Last week, more than 400 workers were killed when a garment factory building collapsed. The tragedy follows two more factory fires in November that killed and injured more than 100 workers.
It’s cold and raining in Kabul and the pothole-filled dirt roads have turned into a sea of mud. We drive up to the gateway of a high-walled compound. A soldier brandishing an AK-47 stands guard outside the building. We’ve come to a women’s shelter to meet Gul Meena — a 17-year-old girl from Pakistan who shouldn’t be alive.
My crew and I are ushered into a room and sitting on a wooden chair slouched over is small, fragile Gul Meena. Her sullen eyes turn from the raindrops streaming down the window outside and towards us as we enter the room.
The government of a remote province in western China says it is investigating Coca-Cola over allegations that it illegally mapped parts of the province, as China and the US engage in an escalating war of words over cyber espionage.
The Yunnan Geographical Information Bureau of Surveying and Mapping said the US drinks company had been “illegally collecting classified information with handheld GPS equipment”, according to a Yunnan government website.
Starting a company can feel like a lonely business. But for a little more than $100 a month, Hong Kong resident Ken Chan can develop his start-up, network with like-minded people and relax with a game of ping-pong — all under the same roof.
He is one of a growing number of go-it-alone entrepreneurs and freelancers in Asia leaving their apartments and cafes, and settling into “co-working” spaces.
The mother of a little Afghan girl cannot even turn to face her daughter. She looks down in shame as she explains why she must hand the girl over to drug lords.
The father of the girl has done what many Afghan farmers must do to finance their opium farms: borrow money from drug traffickers. But the Afghan government and international forces’ attempt to halt the opium trade has quashed the father’s poppy business, and with it, his ability to pay back the lenders.
The drug lords have taken him hostage to extract a payment.