Japan wants 85% of male workers to take paternity leave. But fathers are too afraid to take it

A child riding on his father's shoulders smiles as they stroll through a park lined with yellow autumn-touched leaves -- that is the typical image of a Japanese "ikumen".

Myanmar junta throws huge military parade days after new US sanctions

Myanmar's ruling military paraded an arsenal of weapons in the capital Naypyidaw on Monday, in a grand display of force days after the United States imposed fresh sanctions against the junta for inflicting "pain and suffering on the people of Burma."

Nearly 8 million driver license numbers and passport numbers stolen in Australia

Digital payments and lending firm Latitude Holdings said on Monday that 7.9 million Australian and New Zealand driver license numbers were stolen in a large-scale information theft on March 16.

North Korea launches at least two unidentified ballistic missile into waters off eastern Korean peninsula

North Korea launched at least one unidentified ballistic missile into the waters off the east coast of the Korean peninsula on Monday morning local time, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Americans are going all-in on cash. That could spell more trouble

In the wake of Silicon Valley Bank's collapse and subsequent banking meltdown, cash is king. The turmoil inflicted on financial markets has sent cautious investors running away from volatile markets and toward more liquid alternatives.

What the banking crisis means for mortgage rates

Mortgage rates have taken would-be buyers on a ride this year ? and it's only March.

Huge French pension reform protests give way to fiery overnight clashes

More than a million people took to the streets across France on Thursday with protests turning violent in some areas as demonstrators voiced their fury at proposed pension reforms.

Deutsche Bank, UBS stocks sink as European banking crisis fear returns

Europe's banking stocks tumbled Friday in a sign that investors are still nervous that the recent crises at some banks could spill over into the wider sector.

French airports, schools and oil refineries hit by national strike over pension age increase

French transport networks, oil refineries and schools were hit by widespread disruption Thursday as workers staged a national strike to protest an increase in the retirement age that was pushed through parliament without a vote.

Not only is Lake Powell's water level plummeting because of drought, its total capacity is shrinking, too

Lake Powell, the second-largest human-made reservoir in the US, has lost nearly 7% of its potential storage capacity since 1963, when Glen Canyon Dam was built, a new report shows.

These were the best and worst places for air quality in 2021, new report shows

Air pollution spiked to unhealthy levels around the world in 2021, according to a new report.

Big-box stores could help slash emissions and save millions by putting solar panels on roofs. Why aren't more of them doing it?

As the US attempts to wean itself off its heavy reliance on fossil fuels and shift to cleaner energy sources, many experts are eyeing a promising solution: your neighborhood big-box stores and shopping malls.

The story behind this striking new look from F1 driver Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is putting a new spin on the term "fast fashion." In recent years, the world champion Formula One driver has slowly but surely steered into the world of high fashion ? using the racetrack, and accompanying appearances, as his own makeshift runway.

Scientists confirm long-held theory about what inspired Monet

In a letter to his wife in March 1901, pioneering French painter Claude Monet lamented the bad weather that prevented him from working, as well as another conspicuous impediment to his creativity.

Kitchen renovation unearths paintings nearly 400 years old

Murals believed to be nearly 400 years old have been discovered at an apartment in northern England following a kitchen renovation.

'The Ugly Duchess:' Unsettling Renaissance portrait challenges ideas of aging women

The 1513 portrait "An Old Woman" by Flemish artist Quinten Massys might well be one of the Renaissance's most famous paintings. It is also one of the period's most atypical.

What does the first year of motherhood look like? For this photographer it was dark and complex

In the weeks after photographer Rachel Papo gave birth to her son, Ilan, in the summer of 2013, she monitored herself. She watched for signs of anxiety, insomnia or loneliness, for the fog that had blanketed her brain for months after the birth of her daughter, Zohar, three years prior, making it difficult for her to function day to day.

Locks of Beethoven's hair reveal secret family history and health issues

Before composer Ludwig van Beethoven died on March 27, 1827, it was his wish that his ailments be studied and shared so "as far as possible at least the world will be reconciled to me after my death."

America's most-visited museum may house over 1,000 items linked to alleged trafficking

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has more than 1,000 objects in its collection that have ties to people allegedly involved in crimes related to the antiquities trade, according to a new report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), sparking heightened scrutiny of the largest and most-visited museum in the US.

'World's longest' bus journey will take 56 days to cross Europe

Fancy spending two months traveling overland from Istanbul to London without ever having to get behind the wheel?

The hotel shaped like two gigantic swords

In Qatar, a country where the subway has a business class compartment and Friday brunch is a competitive sport, opulence is a mere baseline.

They bought a ghost village in Italy then left it to crumble

With more and more dwindling Italian towns offering up neglected homes at bargain prices, snapping up an abandoned house in the country has become increasingly popular in recent years.

The superyacht designed to not be seen

It's usually relatively difficult to fail to notice a superyacht, but this new concept from Jozeph Forakis Design has actually been designed to disappear into the background.

World's longest canal reopens after dramatic makeover

When it comes to tourist attractions, a lot has happened in China over the last few years.

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