Far fewer Chinese couples applied to have a second child than expected after a relaxation of the country's "one child" policy, state-run media reported Thursday, highlighting the ageing nation's demographic challenges.
The world's most populous country has restricted most families to a single child since the late 1970s, but the Communist party said in November that couples would be allowed to have two offspring so long as one of the parents is an only child, rather than both.Full Story
A group of men discovered a 3,400-year-old pharaonic temple from the reign of warrior king Thutmosis III under their house in a city south of Cairo, Egyptian officials said Wednesday.
Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said the seven men made the find during an illegal excavation in Al-Badrashin, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the capital.Full Story
Just in time for Halloween on Friday and a weekend devoted to the dead, Vienna's unashamedly morbid Funeral Museum is now closer to the action: the Austrian capital's huge Central Cemetery.
In a city with a singular attitude to kicking the bucket -- "Death himself must be a Viennese," one local song says -- the "Bestattungsmuseum" was the world's first of its kind when it first opened in 1967.Full Story
High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.
Angels, Sybils and prophets in blues, pinks and golds, once lost in the gloom, are brought into sharp relief by 7,000 LED lamps designed specifically for the prized chapel, where red-hatted cardinals have elected new popes since the 15th century.Full Story
Schools in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, where a series of attacks has left hundreds dead in recent months, said they would actively discourage religious practice at home, state-run media reported Wednesday.
Principals at more than 2,000 kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools in Kashgar, near China's border with Pakistan, signed a pledge to "defend schools against the infiltration of religion", according to a report by the Global Times, which is close to the Communist Party.Full Story
Château Kefraya has teamed up with Lebanese artist Mazen Kerbaj, to create a limited edition label to celebrate the launch of the 2012 Les Bretèches, one of Lebanon’s much-loved red wines this year at Vinifest, a press release said on Wednesday.
“This year, we felt like celebrating a mythical wine with Mazen Kerbaj, an authentic, innovating and modern Lebanese artist” said Château Kefraya’s founder and chairman, Michel de Bustros.Full Story
If you're waiting for gender equality in the workplace, be prepared to wait a long time.
While women are rapidly closing the gender gap with men in areas like health and education, inequality at work is not expected to be erased until 2095, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) Tuesday.Full Story
Among the mountains of rubble littering Gaza after a deadly summer war, clay outlines emerge of men, women and children with a story to tell about fear, flight and destruction.
Though his sculptures, which are made of fibreglass and covered with clay, Iyyad Sabbah relates the pain of those who lived through this latest conflict with Israel during which nearly 2,200 Palestinians were killed, mostly civilians.Full Story
The music's thumping, the dance floor's packed and the bar's bustling. Welcome to one of New York's hottest nightclubs and a new generation of clubbers: six-year-olds.
The VIP Room threw open its doors to children aged six to 12 on a Sunday afternoon to give them a taste of the nightclub, electronic music and dance scene in New York's uber trendy Meatpacking District.Full Story
The Israeli and Polish presidents on Tuesday hailed a Warsaw museum chronicling the vibrant 1,000-year history of Poland's Jewish community devastated by the Holocaust, as an investment in future ties between their countries.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews was "symbolic of our looking to the future", speaking in the Polish capital on his first trip abroad since having taken office in July.Full Story