How the world lives, works and plays.
Europe's 'nanny states' make it harder to vape and drink
The Nanny State Index reveals some countries come down extra hard on humanity's favorite vices.
Muslims have been migrating to the US for centuries
You might say Muslims are more American than apple pie.
Muslim students at a Swiss school don't have to shake hands with female teachers
Students argued that Islam does not permit physical contact with a person of the opposite sex, with the exception of certain immediate family members.
Parenting is hardest in the richest countries
The 2016 World Happiness Report looks at the connection between parenting and happiness around the globe.
Why a 6,000 percent price hike on gas won't matter for Venezuelans
The increase sounds mind-boggling, but in practice it may make little or no difference.
Somalis #TweetLiidoPictures to show beauty after beach attack
Al Shabaab militants attacked a popular beachfront restaurant in Mogadishu. But Somalis aren't backing down.
5 countries spew more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world together
And they're all in Asia.
Two killed in shooting on Tel Aviv thoroughfare, motive unclear
Police said a manhunt was under way in Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial capital.
Brussels has canceled New Year's Eve
The rest of the world is just putting it under really tight security.
It's getting harder for refugee families to reunite in Europe
Still, family reunification remains one of the few legal means by which they can apply for asylum.
Russia is 'warming 2.5 times quicker' than the rest of the world
The climate change alarms are ringing. Russia is heating up more than twice as fast on average than the rest of the world, the environment ministry said Friday.
Toxic smog brings nightmare 'white Christmas' to Beijing
More than 100 million people across China had been warned to stay indoors.
Leading pollster finds Palestinian public opinion on violence 'frightening'
'Their support for violence is not motivated by Islamic ideology. They are motivated by their despair.'
The Cecil effect: US just added lions to its endangered list to protect them from trophy hunters
The Fish and Wildlife Service is making it more difficult for American hunters to bring African lion trophies back home.
Lifeguards from Spain's party beaches are the quiet heroes of Lesbos
'I couldn’t understand why the children were dying so close to the beach and no one was saving them.'
A quick and easy guide to the Paris climate deal
Should you believe the hype? Yes and no.
Here are some of the weirdest things that happened in the US in 2015
This is surely not an exhaustive list.
The US Justice Department just nabbed one of the most hated men in sports
The former head of Peru’s soccer federation has a disapproval rating that's almost off the scale.
According to the draft climate deal, we've still got options
Like this one: We could phase out fossil fuels sooner and have less global warming, or wait longer to do that and heat things up a little more.
'Humanitarian superpower' Sweden struggles to house refugees as harsh Nordic winter looms
Sweden has taken in a greater proportion of asylum seekers than any other European country, and it's starting to get overwhelmed.
Volunteering on Lesbos is both 'really bad' and 'really good'
Greeks have been taking care of refugees arriving on their shores for years. Now it takes foreign volunteers to help them manage the flow of people.
The draft text of the climate treaty is ludicrously complicated
And yet, every word in its 54 pages matters.
We finally know what happened to that crashed AirAsia flight
It turns out, a lot of things went wrong over a long period of time.
This UN climate change conference could be different
Already world leaders are saying things they haven't said before. Next, they'll have to do things.
Global warming: What happens if we do nothing?
If mankind fails to curtail climate change, we will have to deal with fallout ranging from massive refugee crises and submerged cities to scorching heatwaves and drought.
The Paris climate talks and the future of planet Earth
Are world leaders ready to get serious about climate change?
Why India’s Uber rival had to replace its cabs with boats
'Your boat will arrive in six minutes.'
Scotland shows a warm welcome to the UK's first Syrian refugees
'These people are fleeing their homes in the search for protection and security, and we are their refuge. We cannot let the actions of the few destroy the safety of the many.'
Should India get its cows off the streets?
India agonizes over how to deal with stray dogs, but there's another problem animal on its streets: holy cows.
India's biggest festival is really bad for its health
Diwali may be beautiful, but it's choking India's city dwellers.
Malaysia has become Asia’s vaping wonderland
In Islamic Malaysia, where booze and premarital canoodling is taboo, the primary vice is food — and homegrown vape juice flavors reflect that.