Cairo lantern-maker champions old craft against Chinese imports

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian artisan who makes the traditional lanterns that adorn Middle Eastern streets during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan believes he has found a way to stop a flood of…

Pope says will create new group of cardinals next month

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday he would elevate five Roman Catholic prelates to the rank of cardinal, the elite group of churchmen who are his closest advisors and can enter an…

Once-drab Indonesian slum rejuvenated into ‘Rainbow Village’

SEMARANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – A slum area on Indonesia’s Java Island has become an unlikely tourist attraction, as well as a social media hit, after its homes were painted vivid colors to transform…

Fifty years after Six Day War, Jerusalem retains much of its old look

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will soon mark the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, a conflict in which it captured the Old City of Jerusalem and more than two dozen Palestinian villages around it…

Collection bag from Apollo 11 moon mission to be sold at auction

(Reuters) – It is a simple, square white bag that traveled to the moon in 1969 on Apollo 11 and carried back to Earth the first sample of lunar material ever collected. That bag could fetch up to $4…

Downward-facing goat: Yoga trend draws flock to New Hampshire farm

NOTTINGHAM, N.H. (Reuters) – Eight people dressed in bright-colored athletic tops and soft pants sat on foam mats and stretched until five tiny Nigerian Dwarf goats, the size of small dogs, pranced…

From fear of water to gold medal, Bosnian swimmer beats the odds

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Six-year-old Bosnian Ismail Zulfic was born without arms and with a foot deformity and overcame his fear of the water to win a gold medal at a regional swimming competition.

Afghan women break ground with TV station launch

KABUL (Reuters) – A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin broadcasting in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media industry, like many areas of society, remains…