Politics

Madrid's Mayor Wants to Ban City Center Protests

Ana Botella says demonstrations like the ones over the weekend are a detriment to the city's image.

Charlotte's Mayor Gets Out of Jail and Resigns

Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents, and accused of taking $48,000 in bribes from undercover agents.

Rio's Relentless Beach Pollution

Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

The Geography of Small Talk

How you start a conversation with a stranger depends on where you live.

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The Most and Least Healthy Counties in the U.S.

How college education, housing, and transit affect the health status of Americans.

Protesters Use Sex Dolls to Rally Against Spain's Anti-Abortion Law

Say hello to one of the creepiest pieces of public art in recent history.

Can Text Messaging Solve Karachi's Incredible Unpaid Water Bill Problem?

In a city of 20 million people, most don't pay their water bills. So the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board has begun playing the religion card.

Air Pollution Now Linked to 1 out of Every 8 Deaths in the World

It's the single largest environmental health risk today.

Why China's Cities Need to Get Denser, Not Bigger

If Guangzhou had the same density as Seoul, it could accommodate another 4 million more people on top of its current 15 million.

Climate Change May Make Terrible Mudslides More Common

More intense rainstorms will make follow-on events like flooding and landslides much more common.

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Former Atlanta Mayor: 'I Regret That I Didn't Do More'

Shirley Franklin reflects on the difficulty of combatting economic inequality when times are good and voters have other priorities.

A Tour of the Eerie Villages France Never Rebuilt After WWI

After the Battle of Verdun left hundreds of thousands dead, the towns-turned-battlefields sat empty out of respect.

What Applying to Charter Schools Showed Me About Inequality

Charters are not a comprehensive solution to public education's problems.

Crimea Is Causing a Minor Crisis for Cartographers

How should maps refer to disputed territories?

How the Police Describe the Rob Ford Crack Video

The Toronto mayor's never-ending saga.

A Map of God's Countries

The places where people think faith is necessary to be a good person.

Why a Brand-New $10 Million Library Has Been Sitting Empty for Months

One unfortunate outcome of California doing away with redevelopment agencies.

Crimea's Controversial Election Day

According to officials, nearly 97 percent of the ethnically diverse peninsula voted yesterday to secede from Ukraine.

China's Urbanization Drive Will Leave 200 Million Chinese Without Benefits

The "people-centered" plan has some serious flaws.