Louise Watt, Associated Press, Beijing | Sat, 02/06/2016 5:09 PM
The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the
zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal
signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office
buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.
Chris Carola, Associated Press, Albany, New York, United States | Thu, 02/04/2016 1:59 PM
A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of
Renaissance-era Venetian glassmaking, a trade whose secrets were so
closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of
Philippe Sotto, Associated Press, Paris | Tue, 02/02/2016 1:21 PM
Chef Benoit Violier, whose 3-star restaurant in western Switzerland with
its game specialties recently topped a list of the world's best, has
been found dead of a likely self-inflicted gunshot, police said Monday.
He was 44.
It is officially described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia,
a bygone seat of kings tucked into a remote river valley of Laos. Luang
Prabang weaves a never-never land spell on many a visitor with its
tapestry of French colonial villas and Buddhist temples draped in a