A panel advertises "This Africa" cigarettes at a convenience store in Seoul on October 23, 2013. South Korea's top tobacco firm KT&G said on October 23 it would pull ads for This Africa after complaints that images of apes was racist. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
"We absolutely had no intention to offend anyone and only chose monkeys because they are delightful animals that remind people of Africa," says KT&G.
Men watch a computer screen in Moscow on Oct. 16, 2013, as a team of divers pull a 1.5-metre-long (five-foot-long) suspected meteorite from Lake Chebarkul in the Chelyabinsk region. It is said to have been part of a meteor whose ground-shaking shockwave hurt 1,200 people in February. (-/AFP/Getty Images)
Scientists working at a Russian lake have recovered a 1,200-pound chunk of a meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk earlier this year.
An Activist calling herself 'Aziza' defies a ban on women driving cars in Saudi Arabia, in a rare protest coordinated through social media under the banner "I will drive the car myself day". Still image taken from a video posted to YouTube on June 17, 2011 user "aziza134". (Youtube/YouTube)
Women's rights have advanced across the world, and legislation is catching up with the times. But not everywhere.
The word news most often conjures up visions of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the troubled global economy, a political crisis in Washington, erupting volcanoes and devastating earthquakes. But as we all know, there is far more to news than that. Indeed, it’s often the wacky, weird, offbeat and sometimes off-color stories that can most intrigue and fascinate us. Those stories can range from changing astrological signs to lost pyramids in Egypt but in their essence they all cast new light on the shared human condition in all of its wild diversity.