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Urban furniture goes digital, adding functions and coolness

Recently Philadelphia drivers and pedestrians alike have been treated to an unusual sight: mini-plazaswhere there used to be parking spots. Residents ofVancouver, Los Angeles, Seattle and Adelaide have also been treated to these so-called parkletson busy city streets.Welcome to the city of the...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 7:33 AM

INFOGRAPHIC: Africa's reign of terror

Residents of Mogadishu remove the body of female MP and former singer Sado Ali Warsame after gunmen opened fire at her car on July 23, 2014 killing her and her driver in Somalia. Credit: Getty ImagesThough the 300-some Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the islamist terrorist group Boko Haram in...

Monday, August 11, 2014, 6:54 PM

Price to play: Big sports spell big bucks

There is no bigger money driver in American sports than the Super Bowl.Credit: Getty ImagesFor companies, an AAA credit rating is the pinnacle of achievement, a sign that they’re in excellent shape and attractive for investors. For countries it is, too. Well-performing countries like Germany,...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:57 PM

The history behind the presidential inauguration

They’ll get up long before dawn, make their way the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C., stand in long lines to pass through metal detectors. And then they’ll wait, and wait, in freezing temperatures. But several thousand ticket-holders, and hundreds of thousands of others, are expected to...

Friday, January 18, 2013, 8:18 PM

Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe: 'We don’t want to be known as an NGO nation'

Do you recall the names of past Haitian prime ministers? Didn’t think so. But less than a year into the job, Laurent Lamothe has already made a mark.The young former entrepreneur travels around the world to promote Haiti as an investment opportunity, not an aid recipient. And he’s aggressively...

Monday, January 14, 2013, 3:40 PM

Myanmar: Open for business

Htay Aung, Myanmar's new minister for hotels and tourism, is busy trying to attract new airlines and hotels. "And our employees have to learn to speak English," he says.Aung's position illustrates Myanmar's remarkable transformation from international pariah to budding Asian tiger. "We've become...

Monday, November 26, 2012, 9:27 PM

Jimmy Carter: 'Israelis’ policy is to confiscate Palestinian territory'

Israel is attacking Gaza again. Syria is descending into civil war. This fall four American diplomats were killed in Libya. The Middle East is more fragile than ever.Israel’s leaders don’t want a Palestinian state, Jimmy Carter tells Metro in an exclusive interview. The former US President, who...

Friday, November 16, 2012, 3:00 PM

Pro- and anti-European Union voices react to Nobel Peace Prize

Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for actions he hadn’t yet taken. This year’s winner, the European Union, won the prize for actions it took long ago. Reactions were mixed. Here’s what several prominent Europeans told Metro:European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding: "The European Union...

Friday, October 12, 2012, 9:42 PM

Q&A with expert after Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai attacked by Taliban for blogging

Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old schoolgirl shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for her pro-Western views, will survive."Malala is considered as an icon of hope and enlightenment in Pakistan and is respected and honored for her courage and determination," a Pakistani government spokesman told Metro. "...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 4:48 PM

Avengers assemble!

It's like Space Cowboys in the real world: ageing heroes returning to save the Earth.The group's stated purpose is to work, with "an independent voice, not bound by the interests of any nation, government or institution", for peace and human rights.That mission can be controversial, as The Elders...

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:45 PM

Being Sir Richard Branson: The many faces of 'screwing it'

1. Disarmament: Let’s get rid of that old junk and save moneyTwenty years ago, the United States and Russia had thousands of nuclear weapons each. The arsenal was called MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction, because they could easily annihilate the world many times over. Today the world's nuclear...

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:25 PM

Chairman of Puma, Jochen Zeitz: "Sustainability is a chance for companies to innovate"

Helping the environment is a worthy thing, but does it make business sense?When you think long-term as a business, sustainability is something that's not just a responsibility, but also something that will reduce the risks we have. If you incorporate some risks that environmental degradation can...

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:05 PM

Olympics 2012: Goodbye, London

Did you watch Japan win gold in gymnastics?" an enthusiastic young Japanese woman asked me as the Olympic closing ceremony was about to begin.I had to admit that I didn't watch Kohei Uchimura win the men's gymnastic floor exercise, but during these past two weeks I've watched athletes performing...

Monday, August 13, 2012, 12:31 AM

Sensual contemporary ballet by way of San Francisco

For 30 years, Alonzo King has worked in San Francisco, building a troupe of contemporary ballet dancers. He's attracted international attention. His choreography literally emphasizes lines, arranging the performers in ranks and files, sending them forth in endless processions across the stage. The...

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10:20 PM

Teacher's green machine gets Bronx growing out of poverty

The Bronx was once known as a deprived area, populated by low-income families no doubt living on low-grade food. No longer. An enthusiastic schoolteacher has turned the decaying New York neighborhood into a center of urban farming."We use underutilized urban spaces like parking lots and abandoned...

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 3:18 AM

Titanic, 100 years later

All that remains of Elin Braf is a doll. Like tens of thousands of other Swedes, Elin had left her home in search of a better life in America. But 20-year-old Elin had the misfortune of travelling on the Titanic. On April 15, 1912, she was one of the 1,500 passengers who lost their lives on the "...

Friday, April 13, 2012, 9:24 AM

Mormonism’s leap of faith

Karen Sorenson, 29, is a public relations executive in Los Angeles. She’s also a Mormon, one of the fast-growing denomination’s 14-million members.“Where I was grew up (in San Diego) there weren’t many Mormons,” she tells Metro. “Kids in school would ask me questions like, ‘How many moms do you...

Friday, January 27, 2012, 11:24 AM

Maggie-mania

“Defeat — I do not recognize the meaning of the word!” Margaret Thatcher wasn’t called the Iron Lady for nothing.And, despite the fact that she left 10 Downing Street 21 years ago, she commands fascination and fear. In fact, the Iron Lady — with Meryl Streep as a supreme Thatcher — has inspired a...

Monday, January 23, 2012, 4:23 AM

Zalmai Rassoul of Afghanistan plays a key role in ending the war

Zalmai Rassoul has the demeanor of a veteran physician — indeed, he’s one. Rassoul’s calm nature serves him well in what may be the world’s hardest foreign minister post. Ten years after the invasion of Afghanistan, he deals with countries eager to get their soldiers back — and he has to convince...

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 12:27 AM

Hey Gen Y: Let’s talk about text

Jari Lompolo, a Finnish 20-year-old, has plenty of friends. But he rarely talks to them. Instead he types.“I send about 50 text messages per day, and send Facebook messages,” he explains. “I only call them if there’s something urgent.”You can probably relate. You have friends you text, ones you...

Friday, October 28, 2011, 11:15 AM