Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is what in Internet-parlance is called a troll. He provokes opponents for no particular reason and pushes outlandish ideas for what seems like mostly his own amusement. Among other things, he’d like to colonize the moon.
In 2012, Matthew and Grace Huang left Los Angeles with their three young children for Qatar, where Matthew, an engineer, would oversee an infrastructure project related to the 2022 World Cup. But what had been an exciting journey abroad turned to tragedy the following year when the couple's 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, fell ill and died. And that's when the Huangs' story went from heart-wrenching to bizarre.
Three weeks into fighting between Israel and Hamas, the two sides are releasing dueling Go Pro-style videos of their respective commando raids. On Tuesday, Hamas uploaded a video of its fighters mounting a deadly raid on an Israeli military installation from a tunnel complex. One day later, Israel released a video of Special Forces soldiers raiding a Gaza house.
In China, just as in the United States, people see zoos as breeding grounds for animals, not corruption. So it was with great mirth that Beijing papers announced the investigation of Xiao Shaoxiang, a former deputy director of the Beijing Zoo, suspected of embezzling $2.26 million.
In June of 1947, Secretary of State George Marshall delivered a wholly unexpected commencement speech to the newly minted graduates of Harvard University. The United States, Marshall announced, would launch a massive reconstruction effort to rebuild Europe in the devastating aftermath of World War II. The subsequent effort, the Marshall Plan, put Europe back on the path to prosperity and has been hailed as a monumental, if wildly expensive, achievement of U.S. foreign policy. All told, the United States funneled an inflation-adjusted $103.4 billion to the plan's recipients over the course of four years.