What’s it like for the first living ex-pope in 600 years to watch from up close as the successor he enabled dismantles his legacy?
Athletes and civilians alike are worried about contracting diseases in Brazil's feces-laden bay.
The former NSA contractor claims he challenged Vladimir Putin on government surveillance. That couldn't be further from the truth.
No one now alive has experienced anything similar in North America or Europe, except in the middle of a forest fire or a volcanic eruption.
The hazards of human-rights work in the continent's last absolute monarchy
"Surrealism runs through the streets," the Colombian author, who died today at age 87, told The Atlantic in 1973. "Surrealism comes from the reality of Latin America."
Can biometrics establish a link between Moscow and the shadowy gunmen in eastern Ukraine?
How did foreign cuisine become Thailand's national dish?
The unlikely career of Dalton Fury
As the country's currency weakens, so do its armed forces.
Hu Yaobang, whose death 25 years ago triggered the Tiananmen Square protests, served China in an era of unprecedented openness.
The best side of America's influence on the world, and on itself
Golden rings are more accessible than ever for the average Chinese couple.
How the psychology of narcissism might offer insight on the Russian leader
Women have high hopes for the deep pockets of visiting gringos, but advocacy groups caution that their expectations might be dashed.
One man's quest to honor the once-mighty Muslim Tatar state.
Armed with a cellphone and borrowed camera, a young Syrian seeks refuge in a rockumentary.
"Gross" characters are proliferating in a country known for kawaii, and now even local governments' mascots are trying to out-weird one another.
In many parts of the world, women are having more Cesarean sections than medically necessary. Recent abuses of pregnant women in Brazil have sparked a small, vocal movement of activists who want mothers to have more say in the delivery room.
How war created civilization over the past 10,000 years—and threatens to destroy it in the next 40.