The Soviet jokes disappeared when the Soviet Union collapsed, but that brand of dark humor has made a comeback in Russia today.
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, hotel Chateau Laurier is collecting memorabilia that may have been ‘lifted’ by guests over the years.
The Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino trades in never-ending, trance-inducing movement. It might also cure a spider’s bite.
Some 80,000 Syrian refugees have fled across the border into Jordan to escape the violence at home. And Jordan is struggling to keep up with the influx. The World’s Matthew Bell has been meeting with some of new arrivals.
Color-blind artist, Neil Harbisson, uses sounds to see colors. He’s able to do this using a a high-tech headset designed specifically for him.
Between 1987 and 2005, Gambia had an emergency landing strip available to NASA. In their recent album, the nine-piece band Mdungu pays homage to Gambia’s brief ties with space.
Myanmar (Burma) is holding parliamentary elections in April, and there’s a feeling of palpable change in what was until recently among the most isolated countries on the planet.
A tight race is emerging in Senegal’s controversial presidential election between incumbent Abdoulaye Wade and former Prime Minister Macky Sall, unofficial results suggest.
Sunday night, the Academy Award for best foreign language film went to the Iranian made movie, “A Separation”. It’s the first time a film from Iran has won an Oscar.
Coptic Christians in Egypt had a degree of protection during the reign of Hosni Mubarak, but now that Islamist parties dominate the new parliament, Egypt’s Copts are feeling increasingly vulnerable.
Lisa Mullins talks with Alan Taylor, senior editor for the Atlantic’s photo blog, “In Focus,” about their “before and after” photo feature on the 201 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
“Song from the Uproar” is based on the extraordinary life of 19th century Swiss explorer and writer Isabelle Eberhardt. Eberhardt converted to Islam in North Africa, where she traveled dressed as an Arab man.
The World’s Alex Gallafent looks at a Russian movie, Hipsters, now arriving in American theaters. It’s American-style hipsters in 1950s Moscow. The film’s director says there are some parallels with the current wave of anti-Putin protesters in Russia today.
Researchers in Stockholm have now conducted a detailed examination of the 17th century vessel and have found new clues as to why it sank.