On a prehistoric white shell fossil from the island of Java, tiny zig-zag shaped scratches may etch out the beginning of art history, and rewrite our human history. A study published in Nature this week found that the markings on the shell were between 430,000 and 540,000 years old, making it older than any art created by humans or Neanderthals. Continue reading
President Vladimir Putin gave his state of the nation speech, trumpeting Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. A new book, “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” examines how the Kremlin uses television to promote Putin’s views and influence its citizens through reality TV. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner interviews author Peter Pomerantsev. Continue reading
Super Typhoon Hagupit, shaping up to be one of the most powerful storms of 2014, is on a collision course with the Philippines.
BASEL, Switzerland — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Russia could rebuild its relations with the West “if it simply helps to calm turbulent waters” on its border with eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists are fighting with Kiev forces.
Dana Freyer was in her law office in Times Square overlooking downtown Manhattan when the hijacked airplanes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. A couple of months later, the United States would lead an invasion of Afghanistan to free it of Taliban rule. Freyer knew she had to do something for the country she had come to love. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, representatives from 60 nations met to strategize against the Islamic State in Brussels. While Secretary of State John Kerry expressed confidence in air attacks against the militants, he would not comment on or deny whether Iran has launched its own strikes. Also, three leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy campaign surrendered to police. Continue reading
Tweed, once a staple of the British landed gentry, is taking off on the path of rebirth and reinvention. It graces runways in Paris and New York. It adorns Hollywood A-listers from Benedict Cumberbatch to Miss Piggy. It’s the reason cyclists gather for “Tweed Rides” around the world, and now it’s even available imbued with the fragrance of whisky. Continue reading
Members of the Pakistani opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf are preparing for mass demonstrations against the government despite the possibility of talks with the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League. Continue reading
BRUSSELS — A global fight against Islamic State militants will likely take years to fully succeed, but nations are prepared to engage “for as long as it takes” to defeat the bloody insurgency, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday. Continue reading