The art of becoming Santa

Santa Jim Hastings (R) from Durham, North Carolina, is helped into his suit by a fellow Santa prior to a visit from a group of children at the Santa House in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
19 Nov 2016
Randy Schneider has considered himself a professional Santa since 1999 when he found himself at a JCPenney store buying a beard and boots.   Now, Schneider, 66, has a beard of his own.   At the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus...

Stressed out over Trump victory? Try cleaning out your freezer

US presidential candidate Donald Trump
12 Nov 2016
Clean out your freezer, try a manicure-pedicure and stay off social media.   Those are some of the tips offered by columnists and others to people dealing with what one psychologist has dubbed Election Stress Disorder, which he said...

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's custody tangle

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
09 Nov 2016
Who gets custody of the Pitt-Jolie children?   That has been the question since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in September -- and it remains in dispute.   Jolie's camp argues there is already an agreement in...

In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative

Refugees and Turks pray during Friday prayers at the Turkish Kuba Camii mosque located near a hotel housing refugees in Cologne's district of Kalk, Germany
30 Oct 2016
Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. But when he saw men with bushy long beards at a mosque near his current home in Cologne last November, he was worried.   The men's appearance...

Adult film actress accuses Trump of unwanted sexual advances

Jessica Drake (R), who works for an adult film company, speaks beside attorney Gloria Allred (L) about allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump during a press conference in Los Angeles, California 
23 Oct 2016
An adult film actress on Saturday became the latest woman to accuse Donald Trump of unwanted sexual advances, saying the Republican presidential candidate offered her $10,000 to come to his hotel room alone.   Jessica Drake is one of...

Egyptian man launches website offering free stays to refugees, violence victims

02 Oct 2016
Taking inspiration from online accommodation service Airbnb, a young Egyptian man has launched a new website "EmergencyBNB" that connects refugees and victims of domestic violence with Americans who are willing to open their...

Bulgaria bans full-face veils in public places

01 Oct 2016
Bulgaria's parliament on Friday banned the wearing of face veils in public in a move supporters said would boost security after Islamist militant attacks in Europe, but which drew criticism from Amnesty International. The "burqa...

Bullying at school: 'Children can redirect insults to their advantage'

Emmanuelle Piquet is a psychotherapist practicing solution-focused brief therapy. She founded a network of Chagrin Scolaire centers in France, helping children face up to bullies and deal with schoolyard confrontation.
26 Sep 2016
French therapist and author Emmanuelle Piquet sees some 2,000 children each year who are victims of bullying at school. Ten years ago, she founded France's Chagrin Scolaire centers, which work to help children face up to bullies and...

Young researchers present report on slums, call for new policies

21 Sep 2016
A research study has revealed that Egypt has slums in at least 79 areas, with 12 areas in need of demolition and 67 areas in need of development work to provide essential infrastructure and improve living conditions. The study, which was...

15-year-old proposes hijabi emoji (and it may happen)

hijabi emoji
16 Sep 2016
Soon, headscarf-wearing Muslim women may find an emoji to represent them — thanks to a 15-year-old Saudi girl.   "The fact that there wasn't an emoji to represent me and the millions of other hijabi women across the...