People gathered, signs raised, flags waving (© AP Images)

Convention speeches can be star makers

The Republican and Democratic 2016 National Conventions will host famous names in U.S. politics, but there will also be faces that aren’t so familiar. Yet.
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Actor Faran Tahir, fighting Muslim stereotypes, looks for the humanity in...

Faran Tahir, who is Muslim, has earned a reputation for pushing back against negative stereotypes.
A float in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans (© AP Images)

In this town, Tuesday is the biggest party day

Every year, visitors from around the world come to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Ukraine’s jazz festival adds indie rock, electronic music

The Ukrainian coastal resort of Zatoka will host this year’s Koktebel Jazz Festival, Ukraine’s largest open-air cultural event, from August 23 to 30.
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New national monuments named in two Western states

President Obama designated two national monuments on lands in Utah and Nevada, protecting archaeological sites, dinosaur tracks and fragile ecologies.

California: Hollywood, startups and arboreal giants

Visiting the United States? There are 50 states to see. Hang with Disney characters, check out the latest apps and explore the great outdoors in California!
Israeli-Palestinian music group Heartbeat plays a showvideo

Arabic rhythms and klezmer beats help these musicians understand the other...

“Bukra fil mishmish” is an Arabic expression that roughly means “tomorrow will never come.” With Israeli-Palestinian relations difficult after the recent conflict in Gaza,...
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Thousands of delegates. Even more balloons.

Until a clear winner emerges in the presidential primaries, there will be speculation about "contested" conventions. Are we likely to see one this year?
Woman sitting at table with people sitting behind her (© Griff Davis)

Griff Davis: A life in photography and diplomacy

Griff Davis was a photographer, journalist and diplomat when both African countries and African Americans were struggling toward greater freedom.