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What strike?

“Welcome to one of the most characteristic events in Milan: the public transportation strike.” This was the e-mail I received last Thursday from my university the night before a strike was to take place.

First Chilean gymnast qualifies for 2012 Olympics

If Chile were a person, its jaw would have dropped to the floor Oct. 17. For the first time in history, Chile is going to the Olympics in gymnastics. Earning 15.225 points, Tomas Gonzalez earned seventh place in the World Championship of Gymnastic Arts to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

A temple decoration in Hampi, a village within an area of ruins in south-central India, depicts a woman exposing herself. The carving was either for decoration or to demonstrate part of the "Kama Sutra," but accounts vary and exact records are lost.

The ‘Kama Sutra’ side of India

I had a tour guide in Hampi who thought everything was fabulous. She thought ruins were fabulous. She thought landscapes were fabulous. And she absolutely thought temples were fabulous.

A common experience

SAO PAULO, Brazil - There are several things, it seems, that a majority of the Brazilians I have met all possess: a television, a pair of Havaianas (a particular brand of flip-flops) and, when it comes to adolescent Brazilians, an Orkut account.

Obama declares swine flu a national emergency

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.

Big Brother talks, too

The first thing I saw after stepping off a plane and into the London Heathrow Airport was a sign.

Chilean cuisine

SANTIAGO, Chile - Chile, like every country, has some of its own unique, popular dishes. Chilean cuisine includes a combination of Spanish influences with later influences from Europe and the Middle East.

‘El Bambino’

SANTIAGO, Chile - Tito “El Bambino,” the famous 28-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer, swooned the crowd last Saturday at the Movistar Arena in Santiago.

SYDNEY – An Aboriginal man plays the uluru, a native instrument, near Sydney Harbor. Crave Sydney, an art and culture festival celebrated throughout October, attempts to reconcile Australia’s original inhabitants – the Aboriginals – with its immigrant European population.

Crave Sydney honors Aboriginal past

Crave Sydney is a new event that celebrates Sydney’s culture, and there are heaps of different events that entice all age groups.

Transportation heaven

In Bloomington, I live about three miles off campus – about 10 minutes away by car. The Bloomington Transit bus is the only one that comes near my house, and it only comes every hour and does not run on the weekends.

Transportation heaven

I have never experienced public transportation like I have in Seoul.

Blagojevich aide pleads guilty to corruption

A former chief of staff and longtime friend of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded guilty to wire fraud Tuesday and promised to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their corruption case against the former governor.

U of I chancellor Herman quits amid scandal

University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman resigned Tuesday following months of pressure over special attention the school paid to politically connected applicants at its Urbana-Champaign campus and news that some were admitted over more qualified students.

Smoke and dust of Diwali make messy cities

I thought I was prepared for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, but people started letting fireworks off in the hallway leading up to Diwali and haven’t stopped since.

Brought up as beggars

MILAN - It is 9 a.m., the beginning of the Italian workday. On the morning metro there are men in business suits, women in heels and a child tapping her dirty pink converse to the beat of a Gypsy man playing a violin.

French press: Wild boar a mild bore

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France - At first I thought it was a massive dog. After all, to the Aixois, a pooch is almost as necessary an accessory as the ubiquitous French scarf; it was far from unlikely that some huge pup had been let off its leash to amble around the Parc Jourdan.

Bringing health care to rural poor

We arrived with doctors from Cusco, the biggest city in the area, at a small rural community to provide free medicine and medical care, courtesy of ProPeru.


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