A fifth century Byzantine monastery in Turkey is finally slated for renovation. But the government wants to turn it into a mosque. It's just one of several conversions of historically Christian sites that the government is considering, a move the country's dwindling number of Greeks decry.
National identity often is tied to tradition and lessons from the past. But, sometimes, customs and beliefs, arts and relationships cross borders. We explore our diversity and, also, those practices that connect us.
In the developing world, one in three girls is married by the age of 18, and the number of young girls being married off is actually increasing, according to groups tracking the issue.
Afghanistan is a poor country with very expensive weddings. There is no alcohol, the sexes are completely segregated, and the families may negotiate over the dowry right up to the last minute.
Demographers say China needs more children because the country is aging and the workforce is shrinking. But raising kids costs so much these days that many parents are expected to forgo the option of having a second child.
An estimated 300,000 kids born in the U.S. are now living in Mexico because their parents were either deported or went south of the border when jobs in the United States dried up. Schools in border areas aren't equipped to educate these children, who may be Mexican but don't feel Mexican.
The Rev. Kelvin Apurillo rode out Haiyan on the second floor of his parish church. Two-thirds of his parishioners are now dead, missing or have left, and he's struggling to make sense of the destruction. In the majority Roman Catholic country, the church has played a key role in relief efforts.
Across the developing world, 1 in 3 girls marries before age 18. Some are wed and become mothers by the time they reach their teens. In Malawi, some villages have started to punish parents who marry off their young daughters.
Spain's dictator Francisco Franco set the country's clocks an hour ahead in World War II in order to be aligned with Hitler's Germany. Memo to Spain: the war is over, the Nazis lost and it's OK to turn back the clocks now.
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ordered the entire population of Tatars on the Crimean Peninsula rounded up and sent to the deserts of Central Asia in 1944. Nearly half of them died. Today, an estimated 250,000 Tatars have now returned and are organizing to claim what they see as their rights.
Juan Manuel Santos, whose government has been negotiating with FARRC rebels, said he wanted to bring peace to the country. In other news, a top Indian editor is accused of sexual assault; and an Internet report in New Zealand shows who is being left behind.