Elisabeth Braw, Metro World News

Referendum to decide Crimea's future

Serbian and Cossack armed men work with Pro-Russian forces as they stand guard at a check point on the road from Simferopol to Sevastopol on March 13, 2014. Several Serbian war veterans identifying themselves as Chetniks have joined pro-Russian troops in Ukraine's Crimea region. Less than three...

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 4:28 PM

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on launching Q&A app Jelly

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.Credit: Getty ImagesWhen a message needs to be delivered, everybody from President Rouhani of Iran to unemployed hairdressers uses Twitter. But now co-founder Biz Stone has perhaps an even better business idea. His new app, Jelly, lets people use their social networks...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9:34 PM

Stolen passports aboard Flight 370 not checked within Interpol database

This picture was taken from aboard a flying Soviet-made AN-26 used as a search aircraft by Vietnamese Air Force to look for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.Credit: Getty ImagesTwo of the passengers on the missing Air Malaysia Flight 370 traveled on stolen passports.How is that possible,...

Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:41 PM

Women brewers taking beer world by storm

Women are drinking more beer, now brewing it too.Via Metro World NewsThese days, women are heads of state, heads of government, Supreme Court judges, chief physicians and generals. But so far, the world of beer has remained a male domain. That’s changing. More and more women are drinking the amber...

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 4:06 PM

Did Russia underestimate Ukraine's restraint?

Colonel Yuli Mamchor, right, commander of the Ukrainian military garrison at the Belbek airbase, speaks to troops under Russian command occupying the Belbek airbase in Crimea on Tuesday in Lubimovka, Ukraine.Credit: Getty ImagesIn Crimea, Russian soldiers have fired warning shots over the heads of...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 5:41 PM

Forensic evidence will be key in Oscar Pistorius trial

Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 3, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2014.Credit: Getty ImagesOscar Pistorius, the Blade Runner, has gone on trial in South Africa, accused of murdering...

Monday, March 3, 2014, 6:20 PM

'Three-parent babies' raise ethical questions

Credit: Getty ImagesThe United States Food and Drug Administration is considering allowing so-called three-parent babies, where cells from a second woman is added to the existing male-female couple. This may help prevent genetic diseases.Metro spoke with Kenneth Boyd, a noted medical ethicist and...

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 10:24 PM

Young, female, CEO: The new entrepreneurs of Turkey

Turkish entrepreneurs Zeynep Sener, left, and Zeynep Dagli.Credit: Elisabeth Braw/MetroThough they’re still in their 20s, Zeynep Sener and Zeynep Dagli are successful entrepreneurs. Specifically, they’re successful female entrepreneurs in Turkey, which has recently made headlines for altogether...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7:21 PM

What will happen to Ukraine's imploding economy?

Anti-government protesters sweep away debris in Independence Square on Feb. 24 in Kiev, Ukraine.Credit: Getty ImagesWith President Viktor Yanukovych wanted by the authorities and no agreement on the country’s future, Ukraine faces a potential split between pro-Russian and pro-European factions.But...

Monday, February 24, 2014, 4:09 PM

Why Facebook paid $19 billion for WhatsApp

Facebook and WhatsApp logos are displayed on portable electronic devices.Credit: Getty ImagesFacebook has paid $19 billion for WhatsApp, the smartphone app that allows users to send text messages for free. How can an app be worth as much as Honduras’ entire economy, and much more than the...

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 4:04 PM

Analysis: Russia's role in deadly Kiev clashes

Anti-government protesters clash with riot police at Independence Square in Kiev on Feb. 19. Credit: ReutersWith the violence escalating in Ukraine, international leaders are stepping up their pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich. But why, when the situation was getting calmer, did the...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 5:06 PM

Vienna tops world's most livable cities list

A fiaker sits on horse-drawn carriage in the streets of Vienna.Credit: Getty ImagesIf you want the good life, move to Vienna. Or Zurich. Or Auckland. But avoid Baghdad and the Georgian city of Tbilisi.On Wednesday, financial services company Mercer will release its annual quality of living index,...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 9:07 PM

Why was Flappy Bird so popular?

An employee plays the game Flappy Bird at a smartphone store in Hanoi.Credit: Getty ImagesApparently, we’re all Flappy Bird addicts: When Dong Nguyen, the Vietnamese creator of the popular mobile game, announced that he’s removing it from online stores, it became big news.What makes the simple app...

Monday, February 10, 2014, 4:54 PM

What's next for France's former first lady Valérie Trierweiler?

French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler attends the Christian Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014.Credit: Getty ImagesFormer French first lady Valérie Trierweiler embarked on a long-planned trip to India soon after news of President François Hollande’s affair...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 8:48 PM

How the NSA uses Angry Birds to collect data about you

And you thought Angry Birds was just a fun game.Credit: ProvidedThe National Security Agency has been monitoring Angry Birds users, it emerged this week.How can intelligence agencies gather information about you from your mobile games, and what do they know? Metro spoke with Vicente Diaz, a senior...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6:17 PM

Ukraine activist weighs in on Kiev protests

Anti-government protestors march towards the Ministry of Justice, occupied overnight, on Jan. 27 in Kiev, Ukraine.Credit: Getty ImagesThe anti-government protests in Ukraine are getting more violent, with Justice Minister Olena Lukash threatening a state of emergency if protesters don’t leave the...

Monday, January 27, 2014, 5:00 PM

UN's Jan Eliasson on Syria: 'Don’t let the genie of war out of the bottle'

U.N. Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson speaks onstage at the 2012 Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New York.Credit: Getty ImagesAs the United Nations’ deputy secretary general, Jan Eliasson has to attend to the world’s constantly erupting crises. Today, none of them is more pressing than...

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 4:29 PM

Abscam: The real 'American Hustle'

Amy Adams and Christian Bale do the '70s in David O. Russell's "American Hustle."Credit: Francois DuhamelIf you haven’t already seen American Hustle, you should soon: the Golden Globe-winning film is expected to win several Oscars. Former U.S. Attorney Robert Del Tufo has seen it, too, and his...

Monday, January 20, 2014, 8:06 PM

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: 'No record label has a problem with us'

Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek addresses a press conference in New York, December 11, 2013.Credit: Getty ImagesIn the past you had to pay for music or download it illegally. Not any more since the advent of online music streaming. Since 2008, Spotify has allowed users to stream music to their...

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 8:14 PM

Are two young Syrian human rights activists the latest casualties of war?

Illustration of Razan Zaitouneh.Credit: Agata Nowicka/Illo.plEditor's note: The following profile is a first-person narrative by Metro World News reporter Elisabeth Braw."Do you know any Syrian democracy activists who’re still in Syria and can tell me what’s happening?" I asked a Syrian friend in...

Friday, December 13, 2013, 3:35 PM