In high-tech Estonia, home of Skype, one group is using the Internet for a different kind of venture: the Bank of Happiness, an online market for good deeds. The concept is that people do nice things for each other, just because — no payments or products are involved. The bank has more than 500 ads.
There have been suggestions that if Russia grants asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden, the U.S. should respond by not sending athletes to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. But others say that just sends the wrong message and punishes only the athletes.
At least 21 children are dead, and nearly two dozen others are sick, after eating contaminated food in India. The children became sick after eating their daily free lunch at a school in the eastern state of Bihar. Officials say it appears the food contained pesticide, but it's not clear if it the victims were poisoned deliberately.
Many questions are raised by the discovery of missile parts in a North Korean ship coming from Cuba and passing through the Panama Canal. Cuban authorities acknowledge sending the parts, but they do not explain why they are doing business with North Korea. The incident sheds some light on two of the most isolated regimes on the planet and what political and commercial ties may bind them.
The anti-apartheid champion and former South African president may soon be sent home from the hospital where he's been since June 8, Zindzi Mandela tells Sky News. That word comes on the eve of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday.
Despite reports to the contrary, the global quinoa boom has not put the superfood out of reach for the people in Bolivia and Peru who grow it — though it has raised prices. And these farmers want consumers to know that overall, the world's love affair with quinoa is raising their standard of living.
Alarmed at ballooning waistlines in a region where fast food is common and comfortable outdoor exercise is not, the local government is offering citizens a gram of gold for each kilogram they lose by Aug. 16.
The tragedy is a stark contrast to the stories of India's economic rise that have dominated headlines for the past decade. Compared with countries like China and South Africa, India has struggled to reduce problems like childhood malnutrition and mortality.
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