On Wednesday, gay rights supporters celebrated the passage of a bill that will allow same-sex couples to marry for the first time in New Zealand. Though thousands of New Zealanders do not support the measure, polls show two-thirds do. Some say the bill may spur a boom in same-sex travelers from nearby Australia.
The change in New Zealand's law could pressure neighbors such as Australia to consider revising their laws.
Buru Island, once used by Soeharto's New Order regime to house political prisoners, has been swept with gold fever.
Indonesia's Ambon City was racked by communal conflict a decade ago. My drive along the coast today reveals that much has changed.
Maria Sibylla Merian, today's Google Doodle, was a naturalist, entomologist, botanical illustrator, and importantly, a mother of two. Ms. Merian took her daughters into nature with her and their collective work was featured in an art show.