A wedding figurine of Qiudi Zhang and Askar Akhyltayev sits on a dresser at their home in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

A Silk Road Marriage

Are cross-cultural marriages the key to integrating a region?

Anthony, the winner of last year’s best attendance award at the Esperanza Center, reads a Sidekicks comic at the end of a summer program day in August.

A Language Haven in Baltimore

For young newcomers, the first step to becoming American is learning English.


The Diplomacy of Dog Walking in Russia

Meet the woman in Moscow caring for the U.S. canines of state.


Farewell, Lebanon’s First Brewery

A derelict beer factory stirs social divides in Beirut.


The Elephant in the Comedy Club

A troupe of popular young comics avoids mixing humor and politics in Rwanda.

A Czech Republic fan looks out from the Czech national flag during the first round World group of Davis Cup between Czech Republic and  Kazakhstan at the Ostrava's Cez Arena on March 5, 2011, in North Moravia. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday, Marie Jana Korbelova

The Czech Embassy celebrates one of its own.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Employees of the online review site Yelp watch as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the new East Coast headquarters of the tech company on October 26, 2011 in New York City. The Bloomberg administration has been heralding and working to facilitate the tech sector in New York City in hopes of making New York City a rival to Silicon Valley for start-up companies.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

These 1-Star Yelp Reviews of Embassies Make Us Question the Future of Diplomacy

When travelers don't get their visas on time, they get angry. And then they write Yelp reviews.

In this photo taken on March 2, 2016, shows Davao City Mayor and Presidential Candidate Rodrigo Duterte raising a clenched fist during his campaign sortie in Lingayen, Pangasinan, north of Manila.
Rodrigo Duterte curses the pope's mother and jokes about his own infidelities, but many voters in the Philippines want to elect him president so he can begin an unprecedented war on crime. / AFP / NOEL CELIS / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Philippines-vote-rights-crime-Duterte, FOCUS by Karl Malakunas        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

President of Philippines: God Told Me to Stop Calling People Sons of Whores

The president of the Philippines says God told him not to use swear words again.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hand with Czech President Milos Zeman on March 29, 2016, in Prague. / AFP / Michal Cizek        (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

How a Meeting with the Dalai Lama Lost This Holocaust Survivor a Czech State Award

His nephew, a government minister, says the award was rescinded after a meeting with the Dalai Lama.

People shout slogans as they hold up images of the head of the Chechen republic Ramzan Kadyrov, during a rally in central Grozny, on January 22, 2016.  
Tens of thousands of people flooded into the streets of Grozny, the capital of Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya, for a mass state-sponsored demonstration in support of strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov. / AFP / ILIA VARLAMOV        (Photo credit should read ILIA VARLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Chechnya Sends Cops to Weddings to Make Sure Brides Don’t Dance

The Chechen government is cracking down on wedding celebrations.

Bangkok, THAILAND:  Ten thousands of Thais gather to take part in a candle-lighting ceremony of the celebrates 79th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej near Grand palace in Bangkok, 05 December 2006. Bangkok was awash with royal yellow and the streets flickered with candlelight as tens of thousands of Thais paid tribute to their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej on his 79th birthday.  AFP PHOTO/STR  (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Thai Mourners Are Leaving Hundreds of Thousands of Pounds of Trash Outside the Royal Palace

Thai mourners are gathering to say goodbye to their king. But they're also leaving behind piles of trash.

DR Congo president Joseph Kabila attends a joint press conference during the closing session of the French-speaking nations 'Francophonie' summit in Kinshasa on October 14, 2012. 2012. PHOTO/ ISSOUF SANOGO        (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/GettyImages)

Poll: Support for Congo’s Embattled President Kabila Slides to 7.8 Percent

As an overwhelming majority opposes amending the constitution so he can seek a third term.


Hacked: Putin Aide’s Emails Detail Alleged Plot to Destabilize Ukraine

Ukrainian hackers have allegedly stolen the emails of Vladislav Surkov.

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