Mayan apocalypse: End or new beginning?


One in 10 of us is said to be anxious that 21 December marks the end of the world. The Ancient Mayans predicted...

Disgusting or delicacy?


Hairy crabs are the great autumn delicacy of eastern China, and an obsession for those who can afford to eat them....

Climate change history


IN THE second half of the 20th century, Mongolia warmed by 2__C_an increase few, if any, other countries can match...

The rise of Mexico


The White House does not spend much time looking south. During six hours of televised campaign debates this year, ...

Bare-faced cheek


No sooner had San Francisco's lawmakers voted to ban nakedness in public places than a lawsuit was filed. It argue...

Machu Picchu artefacts returned


More than 35,000 pottery fragments and other pieces were flown from Yale University to the Andean city of Cusco.

Guatemala find Mayan ruler's tomb


Experts said the find at Guatemala's Tak'alik Ab'aj temple site could help shed light on the formative years of...

Groundbreaking drama


Avenida Brasil has become such an unprecedented phenomenon that even President Dilma Rousseff felt obliged to chan...

Come out of closet


To help fight discrimination against the LGBT community, Bogot___s Mayor Gustavo Petro launched a week-long celebr...

Wisdom of the crowd


But now, James Bond fans and wannabe spies alike may have the ultimate outlet for their spy ambitions. Research fi...

Apology for rubber boom devastation

Colombia's president has apologised to indigenous communities in the Amazon for deaths and destruction caused by the ...

Zhou: Confucius's hero


"He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star which keeps its place ...

Controlling curiosity


I find myself treating the experience like a video game: starting out cautiously with a few gentle turns, befor...

Lessons at animal school


Welcome to Meerkat Academy. Admission is free, and lunch is provided, though the only thing on the menu is scorpio...

Maori tattoo


When the first European explorers came into the Pacif...

Rover feeling good


NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is on the verge of passing a rigorous month-long health checkup with flying colors,...

Giant sculpture


The white 12m (39-foot) tall head made out of resin and marble dust is the latest sculpture by Spanish artist Jaum...

Samba soccer


By next June organisers need to have six stadiums ready for the two-week event, as well as the surrounding infrast...

First black community

Walk out of Aldgate Tube and stroll around Whitechapel Road in east London today, and you'll experience the heady...

Evangelical Sao Paulo rally


Huge crowds thronged through the city'...

Migration into America

Supporting a controversial view of how humans might have populated the Western Hemisphere, geneticists have found that g...

Garcia Marquez 'suffering from dementia', says brother


The brother of Gabriel G...

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