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10 February 2016

Viewers Complain China’s Spring Festival TV Gala Was Way Too Political This Year

"The New Year's gala this year is awful, I feel like I’ve just watched a daily news broadcast but in gala form."

5 February 2016

Kuelap, the Ancient Fortress That Aims to Become the Second Biggest Tourist Destination in Peru

"The old occupants of Kuelap abandoned their city before the Spaniards arrived, for reasons that remain unknown."

4 February 2016

Colorized Photos Show Manila in Ruins After the Second World War

"100,000 Filipinos perished, government buildings lay in ruins—and Manila was Pearl of the Orient no more."

1 February 2016

Spaniards Fired up Over Photo of Bullfighter With a Baby in His Arms

From "irresponsible" to "guardian of traditions": A photo of a popular matador fighting a heifer with his baby in his arms provokes a strong and mixed reaction in Spain.

26 January 2016

The Lebanese ‘Christian Marriage’ Between Aoun and Geagea Leaves Many Skeptical

When one former warlord endorsed another former warlord, ordinary Lebanese started sharing stories of their suffering during the civil war. Abir Ghattas and Joey Ayoub share some of those stories.

25 January 2016

Old Postcards Reveal Forgotten World War I Memories in Macedonia

Made between 1914 and 1918, these photos not only document military aspects of World War I, but also provide views of places and people caught within its maelstrom.

Thanks to the New York Public Library, India’s Bygone Days Are Just a Click Away

The New York Public Library has released more than 180,000 digitized items in the public domain. Readers can now access and download these archived materials from the library for free.

24 January 2016

Ugandans Take a Dig at President Museveni With 30-Year-Old Photos

As President Museveni seeks to be re-elected for a sixth term, Ugandans are using the hashtag #1986pictures to share their memories of that time -- and their political discontent.

23 January 2016

Get a Glimpse of Life in ‘Fair Japan’

Japanophiles, rejoice! Many amazing images of the country can be found in the New York Public Library's digital image archive, now in the public domain.

22 January 2016

Photos of a Misty Morning Sun Rising Over Myanmar's Last Royal Capital

Photographer Zaw Zaw captured the beauty of Mandalay during one morning above Myanmar's last royal capital.

21 January 2016

Venezuela's Indigenous Pemón Community Waits for the Day Germany Returns Their Grandmother Kueka

Grandmother Kueka is the genesis, the first mother in the Pemon culture, but the huge jasper stone was never returned after it was taken for an art exhibit.

Vintage Postcards Show Life in Vietnam in the Early 20th Century

The postcards are part of the digital collection of The New York Public Library, which recently released more than 180,000 digitized items into the public domain.

20 January 2016

Warlords to the Lebanese People: Let’s Forgive and Forget!

The Bridge

25 years after the end of the civil war Lebanon remains a deeply divided country, and attempts by former warlords to paper over the past can only worsen the situation.

ISIS Destroys Dair Mar Elia, Iraq's Oldest Christian Monastery

Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, Dair Mar Elia, has been destroyed by the ISIS. The monastery, built in 595, is located in Ninawa, just south of Mosul.

19 January 2016

How a Weapons Trafficking Case Brought Puerto Rico's Political Status Before the US Supreme Court

The US attorney general's position on Puerto Rico's status has probably turned the issue into fodder for the upcoming election season.

18 January 2016

Will Lebanon Finally Have a New President After Geagea Endorsed Aoun?

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has endorsed his war time rival Michel Aoun's candidacy for presidency today. Will Lebanon finally have a new president after 20 months without one?

15 January 2016

The Conflict in the Middle East Is Not Between Sunnis and Shias and Doesn't ‘Date Back Millennia’

"Has the region been sectarianized? Yes. Are the differences real? Yes. Is the current war posturing an ancient theological dispute? No," tweets Iyad El-Baghdadi about the so-called Sunni-Shia rift.

13 January 2016

This Group Exposes Social Woes and Promotes Philippine Culture Through Street Art

"Doing street art is our way of bringing 'ART' closer to the masses. It is special for us because it's where the purest intention of an artist can be seen."

7 January 2016

Japan and South Korea's Historic ‘Comfort Women’ Deal Angers Surviving Victims

The Imperial Japanese Army forced women from across Asia forced into sexual slavery during WWII. The surviving victims and some right-wing Japanese politicians weren't on board with this agreement.

4 January 2016

ISIS is Alive and Well in Pakistan Despite Persistent Government Denials

As the world was gearing up to celebrate New Year, news broke in Pakistan that twenty people from Lahore, including women and children, had travelled to Syria to join ISIS.

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