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    Where Did the "Keep Calm and Carry On" Meme Come From?

    By Editor-in-Chief David Lee Cummings in Cincinnati, Ohio. Surely you've seen the "Keep Calm and Carry On" meme on a T-shirt or the Internet. So, where did this ubiquitous iconic image of today come from? We have the extraordinary answer for you. So, keep calm and read on... During the buildup to World War II, the British government ...

  • Holy Śmigus-Dyngus! You've Never Seen Easter Like This

    Holy Śmigus-Dyngus! You've Never Seen Easter Like This

    By Correspondent Kasia Steward in England. Easter time in Poland is full of unique traditions, but nothing stands out more for me than the so-called ‘Śmigus-Dyngus’, also known as ‘Wet Monday’. It's a time children look forward to with excitement, though some adults (especially those without a sense of humour) dread it. It's a day where ...

  • Top 10 Places to Visit in Romania

    Top 10 Places to Visit in Romania

    By Correspondent Georgiana Drauceanu in Arad, Romania. Internationally, Romania is not a very appreciated country because of the way its people are seen and all the bad things that they are believed to do throughout the world. But if you leave those things aside and you look only upon the country itself, you will be amazed ...

  • Russia Wants Vichy Ukraine?

    Russia Wants Vichy Ukraine?

    By Correspondent Andreiy Voloshyn in Ukraine.  It is popular now to compare Putin to Hitler. The occupation of Crimea is most often compared to how Hitler occupied the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia in 1938 under the pretext of protecting the Sudeten Germans. But if Putin follows the example from the history of those days and is inspired ...

  • Ancient Easter Traditions Latvians Still Practice

    Ancient Easter Traditions Latvians Still Practice

    By Correspondent Kristine Fedotova in Riga, Latvia.  When it comes to Latvians and traditions, there is a lot to talk about. This country in North-Eastern Europe near the Baltic Sea has rich traditional culture that hasn’t been destroyed or forgotten. Latvians are proud for living in one of the last areas in Europe that got Christianized ...

  • To be a great woman in today's world

    To be a great woman in today's world

    By our Guest Blogger Tanja from www.everydayinadress.com  As a woman I was born 27 yeas ago in city called Zenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although, we can only be born as male of female, the outcome puts us into two entirely different frames in this world. I do not want to speak about women in my country, or ...

  • Hindu tradition of Wedding ceremony: Seven promises in a wedding!

    Hindu tradition of Wedding ceremony: Seven promises in a wedding!

    By correspondent Sunny from Mumbai in India. India is a country where most of population is comprised of Hindu religious people. Tradition of marriage in this country is very different. Generally, Marriage takes place in night at bride’s native city. Bride dresses herself in sari which is generally of red color for this event. Bridegroom also dresses ...

  • Even the wind knows it’s New Year’s Eve

    Even the wind knows it’s New Year’s Eve

    By Correspondent Aitziber Saldias in Beasain, Spain. New Year’s Eve starts as any other day, but it’s easy to feel that there’s something different in the air. People rush through the streets talking about family dinners, last minute shopping and the San Silvestre race. I simply adore this race. Each year, many residents —including the major ...

  • Vox Humana: 2013 Year in Review, 2014 Year in Anticipation

    Vox Humana: 2013 Year in Review, 2014 Year in Anticipation

    The New Year is a time for reflection. As we head into 2014, per the Gregorian (Western) calendar, let's do just that. This past year saw the launch of Vox Humana, an initiative "to document our world one voice at a time." That is, we wanted to tell the stories of ordinary people throughout the world. ...

  • December is World Holiday Month

    December is World Holiday Month

    In December we celebrate world holidays. Our correspondents are sharing the colorful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holidays in their native homelands. For much of the world, the end of December signifies the Christmas holiday. What other holidays are celebrated throughout the world? Peruse our website this month to find out. What holidays do you ...

  • Christmas in Croatia

    Christmas in Croatia

    By Correspondent Velimir Baksa in Varaždin, Croatia. How is it in Croatia for Christmas? Well, to be honest with you, every year it is different. As I grow older my perception is changing. Once normal thing, today just an old memory forgotten by most people. As kid I loved Christmas because of cinnamon cookies. I still ...

  • Montenegrian Cuisine

    Montenegrian Cuisine

    By Correspondent Nikola Tvrdisic in Podgorica, Montenegro. If someone asked me what I can offer to tourists in my own country, in addition of standard of accommodation and stay at the beautiful mountains or visit to the fascinating canyons, I would certainly have noted the unique and specific cuisine, which is that is current and available ...

  • Diwali in India: Hindu's biggest religious festival!

    Diwali in India: Hindu's biggest religious festival!

    By Correspondent Krishan Kumar in Mumbai, India. Diwali is one of most awaited festivals for Indians. India is a place where the Hindu religion is a majority. This festival has religious belief as its background and is considered as the victory of truth over sins. In India, this festival is celebrated as National festival. Not ...

  • The White Lady of  Château de Puymartin

    The White Lady of Château de Puymartin

    By correnspondant Dean Clayton Edwards in Dordogne, France The first time I saw Château de Puymartin, my mouth fell open. I was tempted to hit the brakes. It's a particularly beautiful castle between the towns of Sarlat and Les Eyzies in the south of France. The building was clearly occupied, and yet it seemed unreal and otherworldly. ...

  • Haunted House-Once upon a time!

    Haunted House-Once upon a time!

    By correspondent Lubna Nadia from Patna (Bihar), India Almost 90% out of the strange experiences in our surroundings are real until we do not believe them. My family and I has been one of those who experienced unusual things happening in our home. This home was taken on rent long time back when I was around 6 ...

  • Major Thomas Weir (The Wizard of West Bow)

    Major Thomas Weir (The Wizard of West Bow)

    By correspondent Daniela Frendo in Edinburgh, Scotland. As the early morning fog descends on the streets of Edinburgh, the echo of heavy footfall breaks the silence of dawn. A tall and rather elderly man emerges from the mist, clutching his walking cane tightly, while his black cloak billows behind him. He heads towards the Grassmarket, which ...

  • Mysteries behind the walls of City Hall

    Mysteries behind the walls of City Hall

    By correspondent Sharon Mae R. Calingasan in The Philippines. I live in one of the cities in the province of Davao del Norte, in the island of Mindanao. Our place is bustling with activity especially in the city proper and people go about with their own business each day. Religion is a very important aspect and ...

  • Magic night

    Magic night

    By Correspondent Helene Timokhovets in Rivne, Ukraine. Polesye. The land of forests and swamps. Today people celebrate Ivana Kupala, Kupalle, as they call it here. A pagan holiday, but they celebrate it till now. Strange people, they still believe in ghosts and mermaids, in a magic fern flower that blossoms once every hundred years only ...


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DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a public transit mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, underscoring the fragility of a ceasefire between separatists and government forces. [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 2:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
DHARAMSALA India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi on Wednesday slammed South Africa's refusal to give fellow laureate and Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, a visa to attend a peace conference and said they would boycott the event. [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 1:41:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, and students threatened to ramp up demonstrations if the city's pro-Beijing leader did not step down. [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 1:34:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
BERLIN (Reuters) - Ursula von der Leyen, whose ambitions of succeeding Angela Merkel are too transparent for German taste, is finding out the hard way why her job as defense minister is considered the most dangerous in the cabinet, nicknamed the 'ejector seat'. [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 1:32:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey signaled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 1:15:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan court on Wednesday ordered two Iranians held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a hefty fine after they pleaded guilty to using fake Israeli passports to enter the East African country last month. [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 1:11:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
TOKYO (Reuters) - The death toll from a Japanese volcano eruption rose to 47 on Wednesday, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered mountain. [...]
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BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to push through sweeping tax cuts if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will refocus debate away from a schism over Europe inside his party and win over millions of voters. [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 12:24:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain's controversial choice for the European Commission declared his support for closer European financial integration at the start of an expected tough confirmation hearing in the European Parliament on Wednesday. [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 11:44:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said on Wednesday she would largely stick to the policies of her predecessor Donald Tusk, including a cautious approach to the question of when eastern Europe's biggest economy will join the euro. [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 11:13:00 AM, Continue reading at the source

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