In Chinese superstition, people with disabilities have been perceived as bad luck. Many lived in hiding, encountering discrimination and slurs, advocates say. But increasingly, people are finding ways to counter misconceptions and bring people with disabilities into the mainstream.
A British transport minister on a trade visit to Taipei got an embarrassing lesson in the perils of diplomatic gift giving Monday when she presented a pocket watch to the city's mayor -- a taboo act in Chinese culture. What other items should be given a wide berth when giving gifts in Chinese speaking countries?
Every year, India's Republic Day parade showcases the country's military might and the diversity of its states. This year it went a step further, turning into an occasion that emphasized the warmer relationship between the world's two biggest democracies, India and the United States.
The leader of the left-wing Syriza party Alexis Tsipras is sworn in as Greece's new Prime Minister after forming a coalition with the right-wing Independent Greeks party -- but how will the debt-laden state satisfy promises on ending austerity?