NEWS OF THE WORLD | Merriam-Webster names ‘culture’ word of the year

The word “culture” joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and “exposure,” declared the year’s winner at Dictionary.com during a time of tragedy and fear due to

News of the World | Gangnam becomes hot spot for Korean startups

Many young South Koreans, some educated overseas, are going to Gangnam to start mobile or Internet businesses. Venture capitalists from Silicon Valley and Japan are opening offices in the area

Rod Stewart tribute band to start resident show at Venetian next Spring

In the next few decades the original rockers who brought us the best of rock’n’roll will no longer be around to play live and in the flesh, but shrewder bands

News of the World | Private firms filling Latin America’s security gap

A panic alert flashed across Alberto Herrera’s computer screen. Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Japan biotech for bluefin tuna

Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened. Marine scientist Goro Yamazaki, who is known in this seaside community as “Young Mr.

Businesses cash in as women chase bigger butts

The U.S. booty business is getting a big bump. Companies are cashing in on growing demand from women seeking the more curvaceous figures of their favorite stars, who flaunt their

News of the World | Germany after the Berlin Wall: Not always best in west

In the German city of Dresden, trumpet player Ludwig Guettler takes pride in the soaring spires of the Baroque Frauenkirche church, rebuilt from the ruins of World War II, and

The secret of record success

Whisked away from the real world by private boats to a secluded jungle beachside getaway, a horde of adventurous partygoers delight in this two-day music and arts festival replete with

NEWS OF THE WORLD | MDT/AP Exclusive: Driving up revered N Korea mountain

The Kaema Plateau, the “Roof of Korea,” is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It’s

DIGITAL LIFE | Tea ceremony still a respite from fast-paced world

Despite the rapid pace of our high-tech world, or perhaps because of it, the ancient Japanese tradition of tea ceremony is as popular as ever, with tea ceremony schools, demonstrations

DIGITAL LIFE | Stir Kinetic smart desk makes you stand up

The other reason the desk needs smarts is that you don't have them. Well, not you, in particular, but people like you. Apparently we know that sitting all day is

MDT FEATURE | Italian theatre brings Vincenzo Bellini’s opera ‘Norma’ to town

In Roman occupied Gaul, Norma is a powerful Druid priestess who compromises her ideals in the name of love. Upon discovering her lover’s infidelity, Norma’s tragic fate is secured, as

TRAVELOGUE |Port wine in Portugal and Douro River vineyards

Ribbons of bright green grape leaves alternated with golden stone walls as far as I could see along the steep banks of Portugal’s Douro River. Cantilevered steps led up hand-stacked

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Even seemingly benign causes draw China crackdown

More than 30 people had gathered at Beijing’s most august Buddhist temple to remember the siblings, children and parents lost exactly six months earlier when a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared.

News of the World | War gives inspiration to Gaza’s artists

Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen’s latest work was already complexly layered — a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the

TRAVELOGUE: Seoul: Trains, fast cell service, palaces and food

South Korea’s hyper-efficient capital doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of exotic Asian destinations. But this mega-city offers much to tempt travelers beyond a layover from the ultra-modern

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Girls from Brazil’s favelas find escape in ballet

Past the graffiti-covered overpass and subway tracks, in a slum penned in by high-rises, 8-year-old Gabriela Aparecida fixes her curly hair into a bun as she waits for a ride

NEWS OF THE WORLD: Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

While gay couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their money — are more than