James Franco is following in the footsteps of Kenny G, the smooth sax legend. And, no, I don't mean he's just making a mockery of his chosen genre, though that may very well lie in the uber-narcissist's future. Franco visited Hong Kong on Friday and made an appearance at the encampment of the city's beleaguered pro-democracy movement.
The China Railway Construction Corporation's eye-popping $12 billion deal to build an 870-mile railroad in Nigeria is the biggest single overseas contract in Chinese history and will boost the country's manufacturing sector just as its overall economy shows some signs of slowing. That's not the only upside for China, however: the deal will also give Chinese firms more of a foothold in Africa's biggest economy.
President Barack Obama goes before the nation on Thursday night to lay out the executive orders he's issuing to bypass Congress and massively overhaul the nation's immigration laws. Through a combination of reforms, Obama's plan is expected to keep up to 5 million undocumented immigrants with long-standing ties to the United States from being deported.
In 1981, Mauritania became the last country on earth to abolish slavery. It took until 2007 for it to finally become illegal in that country to own another person. Still, the practice remains endemic, despite the efforts of activists to finally stamp out slavery there.
Even Honduras's superstar beauty queen isn't safe from the violence that plagues the Central American country.
María José Alvarado, who was crowned Miss Honduras in April, disappeared with her older sister, Sofia Trinidad Alvarado, after a party in Santa Bárbara on Thursday, Nov. 13. Their bodies were found on Wednesday, buried in a riverbank.