Around the World

Japanese company introduces emotional robot

When someone is being stiff and acting emotionless, we may have to quit calling them a robot.

Why cities do NOT want to host the Olympics

The process of awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics is in disarray after two leading contenders pulled out amid growing concern over cost overruns, the use of public funds and corruption.

'Gangnam Style' sets new record with 2 billion YouTube hits

As viral videos go, "Gangnam Style" went gangbusters ages ago. But now it has charted a new record: 2 billion YouTube views.

How to take spectacular wildlife photos (without getting eaten)

Camping in the freezing snow at an altitude of 6,000 feet. Trekking through the jungle with an armed guard. Sitting on a boat in crocodile-infested waters. Craig Smith sure has done a lot to take a good picture.

10 most underatted cities of the world

Perhaps because of their proximity to better-known locales, travelers too often neglect legitimately interesting cities. Call us sentimental, but it's an oversight we want to correct.

Woman places deceased mom in rocking chair during wake in Puerto Rico

Mourners at a wake in Puerto Rico got to say goodbye to a woman in a unique way. Before Georgina Lloren died, she told her daughter she wanted to take part in her own wake.

2 EU countries include drug, sex profits in GDP calculations

Plenty of money is spent on illegal drugs and prostitution. The United Kingdom and Italy are now calculating how much.

Obama: plans 9,800 troops to stay in Afghanistan next year

With combat operations in Afghanistan ending this year, President Barack Obama announced he plans for almost 10,000 American troops to remain in the country in 2015 if the Afghan government signs a security agreement.

10 things Mexico does better than anywhere else

  Icy beers, empty beaches. It's a compelling image, but it captures only a feeble percentage of the diversity and excellence that imbues one of the most incredible countries in the world.

Egypt's new tourism campaign promotes shopping, not sphinxes

To say that Elhamy Elzayat misses the glory days when huge numbers of visitors flocked to Egypt's ancient sites is probably an understatement.