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France

Darth Vader v. French Justice, Surprise Verdict Of Stellar Mock Trial

PARIS — A short time ago, in a place not so far away, Star Wars fans in France were treated to a special Darth Vader drama, with a courtroom plot. Ahead of the release of the franchise's latest ...

Colombia

Bullfights And Carnival, Botero's Bulging Homage To Picasso

Colombia's best known painter, Fernando Botero, was in France to open a joint exhibition of h...

Switzerland

When You're Swiss But Hate The Mountains

Mountains are as integral to Switzerland as beaches are to Tahiti. But that doesn't mean ever...

Germany

How NFL "Socialism" Can Help Save European Soccer

Salary caps, financial compensation, and transfer preferential rights for weak teams level the pl...

Saudi Arabia

MBS And Millennials, Inside Saudi Prince's Youth Strategy

RIYADH — In the span of a few months, Hind al-Zahid’s life has changed for the better. "My dream turned into reality," the 38-year-old Saudi says. She’s become the first woman to enter the board ...

Switzerland

Museums For Selfies: A New Kind Of Culture Or Pure Commerce?

Exhibitions in the U.S. are held specifically to allow visitors to take pictures of themselves. E...

Andorra

How Tiny Andorra Became A Major Hub In Smart Cities Movement

ANDORRA LA VELLA — Perched in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, Andorra — with fewer than 80,000 inhabitants — is as small as it is remote. And yet, the European micro-nation is playing a big ...

Sweden

In Cashless Sweden, Even Panhandlers Accept Credit Cards

In Stockholm and around the country cash has disappeared from businesses and banks. Everyone, exc...

Mali

In Mali, Reviving A "Pauper's Grain" To Fight Poverty

This traditional, if neglected, grain could return to favor to fight the persistent rural hunger ...

Pakistan

When A Movie About Rape Gets Past Pakistan's Censors

Cleared by the Central Board of Film Censors on appeal, top Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor'...

Turkey

Islam, Ottoman, Erdogan: New Core Of Turkey's Education System

Turkish schools are taking steps to cultivate a "pious generation" by rewriting history and placi...

China

China's School Abuse Scandal Shakes Basic Bonds Of Trust

-Analysis- BEIJING — Two weeks ago, a preschool in Shanghai was exposed for abusing toddlers. One young child was brutally thrown around the floor, while another was forced to eat spicy ...

Colombia

LGBT Progress In Colombia? One Step Forward, Two Bigots Back

Businesses in Colombia have been invited to display gay-friendly signs as a traditionalist societ...

France

1932, That Erotic Year In The Life Of Picasso

An exhibition at the Picasso Museum in Paris explores a key moment in the artist's relationsh...

Germany

Islamists Target Christian Converts In German Refugee Centers

Islamists are known to target apostates. For the growing number of Muslim arrivals in Germany, a ...

Italy

Why The Vatican Is Now "Off Limits" For Chinese Tourists

Chinese tourist agencies will be severely punished for organizing tour groups to St. Peter's ...

Israel

Domestic Violence And Israel's Sexist, Orthodox-Driven Divorce Law

Israel's sexist family law is bent to demands of the country's Orthodox community, includ...

United States

Bill Clinton To Donald Trump, Sex And Power Still Stand At Top

Despite the growing list of powerful people toppled in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, ...

Italy

High In Italy's Alps, Ancient Tradition Of Cannabis Cultivation Revived

Actually dude, cannabis plants grown in the northern region of Piedmont are quite low in THC cont...

Switzerland

In Geneva, The Sharing Economy Tries To Break Into Art World

Can't afford original artwork? Never fear. For a small fee, people in Geneva can borrow a pie...

Germany

The Racist, Sexist, Fat-Shaming Show Lighting Up German TV

The new Reality Show "Curvy Supermodel" is supposed to be about body positivity. But the reality ...

France

Gérard Depardieu, The Impossible Interview

The legendary French actor just published a very personal book. So why is he so hard to talk to?