Opposition groups have accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons earlier this week against civilians in a suburb of Damascus. Syrian President Bashar Assad denies the claims and has agreed to allow U.N. inspectors to investigate. Meanwhile, President Obama and others in Washington are weighing different response options.
As Egypt plunges into unrest amid the military-backed government's crackdown on demonstrators, the country's Christian minority has been targeted by Islamic extremists. Their fate mirrors conditions faced by Christians across the Middle East.
For 50 years, people have gathered each summer in Ontario's Algonquin National Park to listen to the wolves. Natasha Haverty went along for this year's howl, joining thousands of tourists who made the trip on the off change of hearing the Eastern Timber Wolf howling in the wild.
It's August, but you'd be forgiven for thinking it was October. There are masses of Oktoberfest beers and along with pumpkin ales and spice porters. With temperatures still high in most of the U.S., and the official start of fall so far away, why are we seeing so many fall beers on the shelves already? Jacki Lyden
Shahnameh is the Persian Odyssey, with ancient legends and myths put into verse. A new English language version brings the 1,000-year-old text into the modern age, with ornate recompositions of Persian miniature paintings.
The lush vocals and minimal cabaret orchestration of Holter's music has graced albums dedicated to such high-minded concepts as Greek mythology and French New Wave films. Her latest is loosely based on the 1958 film musical Gigi.