Most recent International blogs and columns

  • Puppy French bulldog. (*Shutterstock)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Apr. 23

    Turkey: World Book Day: Printed books and ebooks exist in harmony, industry expert says If you’re a book lover, an author or both, you have... Read more

  • U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Obama is in Japan for a three-day state visit. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Obama Starts Four-Nation Asia-Pacific Trip in Japan

    TOKYO—President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West’s dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming. Obama... Read more

  • Saint George is depicted dressed in shiny armor, trying to rescue a princess from a terrible dragon that is terrorizing her town. (NGA.Gov)

    Saint George’s Day: When is St. George’s Day in 2014 for UK, England, Canada, Russia, Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant

    St. George’s Day, of the feast day of Saint George, is a Christian holiday that is celebrated in several countries and cities in which Saint... Read more

  • Drudge Report Decries Fall of America’s Middle Class

    Drudge Report is highlighting the demise of America’s middle class on Tuesday. The conservative website has as its top article a link to the New... Read more

  • Puffin seabirds in Scotland. (*Shutterstock)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Apr. 22

    Italy: Italians spend less on Easter long weekend Italians have been enjoying the Easter long weekend with family, eating at home rather than spending on... Read more

  • In this Thursday, April 3, 2014 photo, stars fill the sky above the Gray Knob cabin, a first-come, first-served hiker's camp located just below the tree line, 3.2 miles from Route 2 in Randolph, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    International Dark Sky Week: Date, Meaning, Events

    What started out as a high-school experiment by then-student Jennifer Barlow in 2003, has grown to an internationally celebrated event that acts as a key... Read more

  • World News to the Point: April 21, 2014. (

    World News to the Point: April 21

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  • Colorful kites flying in the sky during a festival. (*Shutterstock)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Apr. 21

    South Korea: Divers risk lives to find, save missing passengers Hundreds of civilian, Coast Guard and Navy divers are putting their lives on the line... Read more

  • Revellers celebrate the water festival in Yangon on April 12, 2012. The water festival, called Thingyan in Burmese, is also observed in other Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, is celebrated to welcome the traditional new year.(Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: April 20

    Burma: All the World’s a Stage For a wet, wild week in the middle of the month, thousands of young people in Yangon and other... Read more

  • Tiger in Bandhavgarh, India, 2009. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    Wildlife Gives a Wake Up Call for Our Survival

    His voice carries a palpable sense of urgency, “We are in the eleventh hour!” he says. His passion for life undeniable, “Honoring life, is more... Read more

  • Eggs painted in Czech Republic, where some less pleasant traditions have accompanied Easter time. (ElPadawan via Compfight*)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: April 19

    Namibia: Satanism Tops Agenda of Teachers’ Conference Top on the agenda of the teachers’ conference …  in Karas Region is alleged satanism at schools and... Read more

  • Maidan Square

    The Promise of ‘Empty’

    Maidan Square in Kiev. Taksim Square in Istanbul. Tahrir Square in Cairo. Recent democratic movements around the globe have risen, or crashed and burned, on... Read more

  • Rwandan refugee  works for pennies a day picking tea on June 13, 2012 in Kibale, Uganda. (*Shutterstock/Ryan M. Bolton)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Apr. 18

    Norway: Man at recycling plant finds $16,000 in old safe An excavator operator at recycling facility in Norway has discovered 100,000 kroner ($16,000) left behind in... Read more

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    World News to the Point: April 18

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  • Senior White House adviser David Axelrod speaks during a television interview in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited Axelrod, a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns, to help with its leader's election bid next year. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    UK Opposition Labour Party Hires Top Obama Adviser David Axelrod

    LONDON—Britain’s opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod — a key figure behind Barack Obama’s two presidential victories — to help with its leader’s election... Read more

  • FILE - In this April 7,2014 file photo, the chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Center retired Chief Air Marshall Angus Houston listens to a question from the media during a press conference about the ongoing search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth,  Australia. Houston has become the global face of the massive monthlong search operation off Australia's west coast to find the missing Boeing 777, which is believed to be resting somewhere on the silt-covered bottom of the Indian Ocean in a patch the size of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

    Australia’s Houston: Calm Face of Flight 370 Hunt

    PERTH, Australia—He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the... Read more

  • Protesters rally outside the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on April 15, 2014, during a session as they demand from the authorities actions against separatism on the eastern part of the country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday warned Kiev against using force to quell pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying the 'criminal' act would undermine talks planned in Geneva. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

    UN Report Tells Russia to Drop Propaganda and Stick to Facts

    The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has released a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine. It outlines the main... Read more

  • Asian countries are spending more on their militaries even as other regions cut back. (U.S. Pacific Command/Flickr)

    World Cuts Back Military Spending, But Not Asia

    For the second year in a row, the world is spending a little less on the military. Asia, however, has failed to get the memo... Read more

  • Haiti Police, Protesters Clash as Frustration Builds in Caribbean Island Nation

    Haiti police and protesters clashed this week as frustration over the rising cost of living and the government buildings in the Caribbean island nation. Police... Read more

  • Chairman Of China Resources Group Conglomerate Investigated for Corruption

    BEIJING—China’s ruling Communist Party says the chairman of a massive state-owned conglomerate is being investigated on suspicion of corruption, nine months after the government audited... Read more