REPORT : Second wives are relatively common in China and are often looked down upon by society. Forbidden under Chairman Mao, the practice of having concubines is once again becoming popular among the upper class.
Colombia's internal conflict with Farc rebels is spilling into neighbouring countries and has already brought Ecuador and Colombia to the brink of war, as Bogota alleges the Farc is using Ecuador territory to launch attack. But, as Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez discovers, it is also creating a refugee crisis.
Senator Barack Obama's longtime pastor says the outcry of criticism surrounding his controversial sermons is an attack on the black church. Rev. Jeremiah Wright addressed the Washington media today. He said the black church is merely misunderstood by the dominant culture in the U.S. Wright also rejected those who labeled him unpatriotic, saying he served six years in the military. Video clips of Wright's sermons have circulated on TV and the Internet and affected Obama's campaign.
Police in Austria say a woman who went missing in 1984 was found over the weekend and told investigators that she had been held by her father in a cellar, where she was repeatedly raped and gave birth to at least six children
Its been exactly twenty years since Valery Legasov -- one of the Soviet Union's highly acclaimed scientists -- commited suicide. He headed the scientific group involved in the clear-up of the Chernobyl blast in 1986 and threw himself into finding what caused the disaster. However he met a lot of difficulties in his path, which -- as some say -- broke him . Russia Today's Alexey Yaroshevsky brings an XL report about Valery Legasov's life.
Suspected Taliban militants attacked a ceremony attended by Afghan President Hamid Karzai Sunday, unleashing automatic weapons and rocket fire. At least nine people were wounded but the president escaped without injury.
It is 22 years since the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant in Ukraine exploded. A blast in the reactor released tonnes of radioactive material into the atmosphere causing, what was later described, as history's biggest man-made disaster.
Hundreds of illegal immigrants have walked out of their jobs in France, protesting over their state of legal limbo and demanding official papers. President Nicolas Sarkozy has acknowledged foreign workers are important for the French economy, but says existing laws must be followed. From Paris, Estelle Youssoufa reports.
A radical Russian nationalist group has published a so-called "revenge list" on the internet. It contains personal information on dozens of anti-fascist campaigners and experts working on race and hate crimes in Russia.
The exhumed body of Padre Pio, a saint considered a miracle worker by his devotees, has attracted thousands of pilgrims after going on display in a southern Italian town 40 years after his death. He is said to have the stigmata, the wounds of Jesus's crucifixion on his hands and feet.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says a time limit for foreign troops in Iraq will be debated at a regional conference in neighbouring Kuwait. Iraq, its neighbours and permanent members of the UN Security Council are attending.
Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are making one last push ahead of Pennsylvania's Democratic primary tomorrow. Both candidates have focused their attention on the state for more than a month. Pennsylvania is the biggest contest remaining in the race, with 158 delegates up for grabs. Obama leads Clinton in the overall delegate count while Clinton has a slight edge over Obama in superdelegates.
Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports on a controversial technique in Russia, the so-called leg-lengthening procedure. It was originally designed to correct deformed and badly broken bones, but is now being used, on otherwise healthy people, to make them taller for aesthetic reasons.
Indonesia's policy of sending drug users to prisons instead of rehabilitation centres has resulted in about 70 per cent of inmates reportedly dying of AIDS-related illness mainly spread through the sharing of dirty needles by drug users.
Arcane rituals of exorcism have been brought out into the open in Chechnya and are a subject of government policy. Local authorities have given the go ahead for plans to build a centre dedicated to demonic possession.
Both US Democratic presidential candidates vowed to support Israel against any possible Iran attack in Wednesday's presidential debate, although Barack Obama adopted a softer stance, as Al Jazeera's Nick Spicer reports.
The Iraq war has cost US taxpayers $526 billion in direct costs and about $1.3 trillion to the economy, and with fears of a recession looming the war's economic impact is causing concern amongst US voters. Al Jazeera's Sebastian Walker reports.
"I was over the moon that Allah has given me this opportunity to lead this blessed operation" - the words of the alleged ringleader of a plot to explode transatlantic aircraft in the martyrdom video played to Woolwich Crown Court today.
Voters in the US state of Pennsylvania are to go to the polls for the latest Democratic presidential primary on April 22nd, with both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton promising economic reform, however many in the state, which has been hit hard by the economic slump, remain unconvinced, as Al Jazeera's Rosalind Jordan reports.
Sex and nudity sell -- that's the old advertising adage being used to full affect by some Russian companies. Female staff are being asked to strip off to help their companies bottom line. Zeldis is one firm not afraid to show their staff in their birthday suits.
Sir Paul McCartney has put his high profile divorce battle behind him to concentrate on a new project involving his first and late wife Linda. Ten years after she died, he is staging a major exhibition of her photographic work.
Geese fighting is a centuries-old tradition in Russia and is still enjoyed by many in the country. However, it is coming under increasing pressure from animal rights activists who say it's a cruel and unnecessary sport.
The Doomsday cult's leader has regained consciousness a little more than a week after allegedly trying to kill himself. In November last year Pyotr Kuznetsov inspired 35 people to hole themselves up in a bunker in Russia's Penza region awaiting the Apocalypse. Nine cultists still remain underground and two are believed to have died.
The top U.S. commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, says he certainly shares in the nation's frustration over the length of the Iraq war. But, he says, it's too soon to schedule additional troop withdrawals.
A Marine suspected of killing a pregnant colleague is now in police custody. Authorites arrested Cpl Cesar Laurean yesterday in Mexico after a three-month international manhunt. His fellow Marine's remains were found in January in the backyard of his home in North Carolina. Laurean told police he slept in fields and survived by eating fruit that he found.
Congress is investigating whether officials at the Centers for Disease Control put politics ahead of public health concerns when they scaled back a major study of deadly toxins. Armen Keteyian reports. (CBSNews.com)
Eight Russian men have been jailed, some for life, after a court found them guilty of raping and murdering at least 14 young women. Many of the victims have not been found and the youngest was just 13 years old.
As part of Al Jazeera's "In My View" series, former US Muslim chaplain for the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba talks about his experience after being accused of spying and the abuse he alleges occurred at the camp.
A peaceful start to San Francisco's Olympic torch relay... but all along the relay route, massive security and a change in course aimed at avoiding chaos. But pro-Tibet protesters weren't the only ones there to make their voices heard. They clashed with pro-China demonstrators there to voice their support for the country hosting the Beijing's Olympic games.
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain pushed their positions on the Iraq war yesterday at a high-profile congressional hearing. The hearing included the top U.S. general in Iraq, David Petraeus as well as the ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker. Senator Clinton said it would be irresponsible to continue a failed policy in that country. Senator Obama took a similar position, calling the invasion a massive strategic blunder. But on the Republican side, Senator McCain said that success in Iraq is within reach, and Congress must not choose to lose there.
Colombia's war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), left-wing anti-government rebels, is fought on many fronts, usually in rural areas where civilians are constantly caught in the crossfire.
Nearly three million people are internally displaced in Colombia, the second largest humanitarian crisis in the world after Sudan.
In the jungle region of Guaviare, the escalation of military operations have caused at least 15,000 people to leave their homes this year.
The top US military leader in Iraq has urged Congress to suspend troop withdrawals until after July. General David Petreaeus says security in Iraq has improved, but the country remains in a fragile state and recent gains could be lost
On patrol, searching for a deadly hidden enemy, US troops in Baghdad have one of the most dangerous jobs, specifically looking for the improvised bombs that are now the biggest killer of American forces in Iraq.
Georgian tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili's estate -- the opposition TV station Imedi -- is in the center of a big battle. The row is between his widow Inna Gudavadze and mysterious American businessman Joseph Kay, claiming to be the oligarch's step cousin.
The Olympic torch is now in the U.S. The flame arrived in San Francisco early this morning and taken to an undisclosed location. High security measures are being taken following protests over China's human rights records. A leg of the torch's journey in Paris was canceled yesterday because of demonstrations. Protesters also posted signs on the Golden Gate bridge in preparation for today's stop. They're expressing concern over China's policies towards Tibet and Sudan.
A shark attacked and killed an Australian teen Tuesday while the boy and a friend were bodyboarding off the nation's eastern coast. (April 8) (more) Added: April 08, 2008 A shark attacked and killed an Australian teen Tuesday while the boy and a friend were bodyboarding off the nation's eastern coast.
REPORT : In this market in Yopougon, it's not just consumers who are angry. The shopkeeper has never seen prices surge like this before. The government is trying to help but it's not clear how succesful they will be.
Israel has launched a large-scale civil defence exercise that will include simulated chemical and biological attacks on the Jewish state. This has provoked a rise in tension along Israel's northern border with Syria and Lebanon. Is Israel preparing for a new war and might the recent exercise provoke Hezbollah?
Three cosmonauts have successfully blasted into space aboard Russia's Soyuz rocket. The launch in Kazakhstan was on-time and without any obvious hitches. South Korea's first person in space and two Russian cosmonauts are bound for the International Space Station.
Police in Virginia Beach, Virginia released video of a man with robbing a convenience store. The suspect is wanted for robbing three 7-11's. He is described as a man in his early 20's, weighing aro... (more) Added: April 08, 2008 Police in Virginia Beach, Virginia released video of a man with robbing a convenience store. The suspect is wanted for robbing three 7-11's. He is described as a man in his early 20's, weighing around 140 pounds, 5-feet-10-inches tall
The remaining portion of the Olympic torch relay is canceled in Paris today after massive protests. Earlier today, authorities had to extinguish the torch three times. Thousands of demonstrators have protested this year's Olympic host, China, and it's human records record as well as its recent clampdown on Tibet. Today's protests in France followed similar protests yesterday in London.......
The loss of almost 250,000 jobs in the first part of 2008 is already comparable to job losses at the start of recessions past. Analysts say after the data are revised, Americans will probably see an economy in even deeper trouble.
Domesticating the moose was never going to be easy. But an experiment at a Russian farm 400 kilometres from Moscow seems to be bearing fruit. The aim is to tame the animal, in the hope it will be possible to milk it. Moose milk is high in fat and immune-system boosting minerals.
With Moscow's roads becoming increasingly congested, many are turning to two wheels in a bid to beat the jams. On the first weekend of April Moscow's bikers emerge after a winter in hibernation. On the open road they feel freedom and excitement -- and take risks.
Reverand Samuel Kyles was a close personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King.He was with him on the balcony in Memphis on the fateful day when King was shot and killed. He shares his memories of the slain civil rights and describes the events of that day
The whole world was enthralled by the words and actions of the Reverend Martin Luther King. His friend, Jean Jackson of Selma, Alabama marched alongside him and still recalls his passion and his commitment to the civil rights movement.
A 20-year-old with a weapons cache that included four AK-47s was arrested after threatening over the Internet to undertake a Virginia Tech-style massacre. (April 4) (more) Added: April 04, 2008 A 20-year-old with a weapons cache that included four AK-47s was arrested after threatening over the Internet to undertake a Virginia Tech-style massacre.
Zimbabwe's main opposition party says current President Robert Mugabe has 'unleashed a war' in his bid to stay in office. They say some of their offices were raided on Thursday. (April 4) (more) Added: April 04, 2008 Zimbabwe's main opposition party says current President Robert Mugabe has 'unleashed a war' in his bid to stay in office. They say some of their offices were raided on Thursday.
White House hopefuls try to convince voters that they would be the best steward of the U.S. economy. With a predominantly blue-collar electorate and an economy that's trying to stay out of recession, the Keystone state seems to be ready-made for a Hillary Clinton victory.
A group of third-graders plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and assigning children tasks including covering the windows and cleaning up afterward, police said Tuesday.
Pressure is mounting on International Forces because Taliban fighters are said to be regrouping ahead of a promised spring offensive.
Mohammed Vall has this exclusive report from Afghanistan. (more) Added: April 02, 2008 Pressure is mounting on International Forces because Taliban fighters are said to be regrouping ahead of a promised spring offensive.
Mohammed Vall has this exclusive report from Afghanistan.
Saoul Mamby is a former light welterweight champion who wants a shot at winning another title. Just a few weeks ago, Mamby became what is believed to be the oldest boxer ever in a sanctioned bout when he lost a 10-round draw in the Cayman Islands. Now the New York native is looking for win number 46 in his remarkable career. Jon Decker reports
The issue of Nato troops in Afghanistan is likely to top the agenda at the alliance's upcoming summit in Romania.
NATO is still struggling to bring security to many parts of the country. The Taliban has regained control of some areas of Afghanistan, particularly in the south, 7 years since the US led invasion drove them from power.
This instability in part fuels the poverty and corruption gripping the country.
Bernard Smith went to meet one family in the capital, Kabul, to see if their life has changed since the fall of the Taliban.