Scientists and experts have long agreed that Nepal was due for a large earthquake. The entire country rests on a fault zone, and the country's last major quake was just over eight decades ago. Yet the country's preparedness has lagged far behind the threat.
The oldest Vietnamese-language newspaper in the US is based in Little Saigon in Orange County, California, about an hour south of Los Angeles. It was founded by and for refugees, escaping Vietnam after the fall of Saigon 40 years ago.
When you walk into the offices of Nguoi Viet Daily News, the first thing you see is a mural honoring the US Constitution. It's meant as a reminder of the First Amendment. It's a nice touch, and makes the place feel like a small paper in any community in America.
Beauregard Tromp, a reporter with South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper,Â was interviewing people on the streets of Johannesburg when he saw the first blow land onÂ Mozambiquan migrantÂ Emmanuel Sithole.
"I saw one man standing over another with a monkey wrench â€” he was beating him," Beauregard recalls. "Emmanual was holding up his hands in a defensive position. But you know a wrench is a big thing. So this guy just went to work on him."
On a sunny morning in Toronto, an Indian rhino named Vishnu is using his horn to smash a barrel and get to the hay inside.
It's breakfast time at the Toronto Zoo, and theÂ smell in this indoor pen is â€”Â well, ripe.Â One 8-year-old zoo visitor describes the odor:Â "I think it smells like whatever it's eating and whatever comes out the other end," he says.
A day afterÂ aÂ devastating earthquake struckÂ Nepal,Â hundreds of people gathered at Diversity Plaza in Queens, New York. It was Sunday eveningÂ and, as the vigil got underway, a woman led the crowd in singing Nepalâ€™s national anthem.Â "Woven from hundreds of flowers, we are one garland that's Nepali," the anthem begins. "Spread sovereign from Mechi to Mahakali."
The garland also stretches to Queens,Â which thousands of Nepalese now call home. Theyâ€™re now grieving together overÂ the earthquakeâ€™s destruction, and sharing their anxietiesÂ about what they still don't know.
In the maternity ward at the hospital in Chokwe, Mozambique, Nilza Munambo is the woman in charge.
As she bustles through her morning rounds, she checks in on a woman who's recuperating from a Cesarean section that Munambo performed a few days ago.Â The motherâ€™s doing all right, but the baby is almost too weak to cry â€” and heâ€™s not nursing.
"He latched on once," Munambo says. "He sucked one or two times and then stopped. Now he can't even do that."
For almost two years, running has been my favorite way of exploring Kathmandu. I live in the southern suburbs of the city, which push up against the fast-disappearing terraced farmlands that produce seasonal cascades of colors that move from tawny wheat to brilliant mustard yellow and the emerald green of rice shoots. This is where I began to understand the infinite complexities of life in Nepal, and where I could step back from the chaotic urbanization of the city and see into the country'sÂ past.
â€śYour mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!â€ť
Plenty of people know that outrageously French-accented insult from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," whichÂ has just turned 40 years old. But where do you go if you want to see where it was delivered â€” or drop a couple of memorable lines of your own?
With thousands of migrants risking their lives every week to cross the Mediterranean SeaÂ from North Africa to Europe,Â European leaders are urgently looking for new ways to respond to the crisis. One idea they're considering is targetingÂ smugglers directly, by capturing or destroying their boats.
As Armenians around the worldÂ commemorate the 100thÂ anniversary of what's widelyÂ considered a genocide â€”Â though not in Turkey â€”Â some in Turkey are exploring their hidden Armenian roots. That includes Armen Demircian, aÂ 54-year-old retired Turkish civil servant, who lives in the city of Diyarbakir.
Two years have gone by since the eight-story Rana Factory complex collapsed in the suburbs of Bangladeshâ€™s capital, Dhaka. But at the site of the disaster, little has changed.
You can still find clothing labels with familiar names like JC Penney and Joe FreshÂ in the rubble. Nothing new has been built here, and the site has not been fully cleared. For survivors itâ€™s a painful reminder â€” and metaphor â€” of lives still in disarray, despite Western efforts to compensate the more than 2,400Â peopleÂ injured in the catastrophe as well as the families of the 1,134 who died.
The reporter who broke the story of the two hostages slain in a botched US counterterrorism operation wonders ifÂ President Barack Obama's public apology will lead to change.
The Wall Street Journal's Adam EntousÂ reported the strike in January on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border came only after hundreds of hours of surveillance. Intelligence sources told Entous there was no sign of hostages at the location.Â Obama repeated that assertionÂ in a news conference confirming the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, who had been held by Al Qaeda.