Ballet dancers perform during a contemporary class at the Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. Created in 1973, the international dance competition is for young dancers aged 15 to 18. This year, 75 candidates from 19 countries will compete from February 1 to 6.
Everything from Advent calendars to gingerbread houses hails from German-speaking Europe. Now another German tradition – the Christmas market – is growing in popularity.
From Seattle to Sweden, city and regional governments are using roof gardens, specially designed wetlands, and other forms of 'green infrastructure' to rein in pollution – and to save money.
The 100 US Special Operations troops sent to central Africa will act as 'military advisers' in the hunt for Joseph Kony, the murderous rebel leader of the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group.
By many measures, fishing off the Louisiana coast is worse this year – but that's part of a long-term trend. The Gulf oil spill might be a factor, but perhaps not the primary one.