Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the retiring head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, might have just set the record for cashing in after leaving office. On Wednesday, former Norwegian premier Jens Stoltenberg's first day as Rasmussen's replacement and just one after officially Rasmussen stepped down as NATO's secretary general, he announced the launch of Rasmussen Global, his brand new consulting shop. The doors to this gleaming new venture, in other words, were thrown open while his successor was still trying to find the bathroom.
Panama's new museum of biodiversity, the Biomuseo, sits at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal. When it officially opens to the public on Thursday, visitors will enter galleries with names like "The Living Web" and "Gallery of Biodiversity" overlooking the entrance to a man-made ditch that links two oceans and divides continents. It is a Frank Gehry-designed monument to the natural world, square at the entrance to one of humankind's greatest attempts to reshape the Earth.
If you're not on your own pilgrimage to Mecca, you might as well follow someone else's on Instagram.
The annual hajj to Mecca is one of the most ancient and sacred rituals in Islam, but it's also the largest annual gathering of people on the planet, and this week many pilgrims are recording their rites through selfies, even as Islamic scholars begin to declare they're haram (illegal in Islam).
According to the English-language Twitter account of China's People's Daily, 10,000 pigeons will go through an "anal security check for suspicious objects" ahead of Wednesday's National Day celebrations. Consider this one lost in translation, but give it up for Beijing's propagandists, who got it really wrong in a really great way.
In just three years, eight months, and 21 days, from April 1975 to January 1979, the Khmer Rouge managed to kill more than a million Cambodians. From 1992 to 1995, about 100,000 people died during the Bosnian War. In the mere 100 days of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, at least 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus were killed.