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Three couples — Tom and Ruth Kassoy, Kate and Mike McCabe, and Lad and Lois Shurely — talk about romance. Produced by Barrett Golding.

The World


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The Winning Valentine GIF

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A Somali soldier patrols a street following a suicide car bomb and gun attack.

The death of a Navy SEAL reveals US mission creep in Somalia


Losing the Language of ‘Us’

Love t-shirt

How traditional couples changed the definition of marriage and opened the doors for same-sex weddings


There were many places in Europe, in southern France for example, that the only place you could find true love was in adultery, because marriage was such a mercenary institution. But then that all changed — and planted the seeds for same-sex marriage to eventually blossom.

An Iranian woman holds up her hand, painted with henna, under a religious sentence as she prepares for a wedding ceremony in the city of Qeshm on Qeshm Island at the Persian Gulf, November 1, 2006. The sentence reads, "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent

You’re a Muslim who’s not supposed to date. How do you find love?


Dating as we know it in the West is forbidden under Islam. Observant Muslim parents tell their children not to date, but how is a young Muslims to find love?

An elderly couple holds hands while waiting to cross a London street.

The advice that older women have for the young on love, marriage


Choose carefully. That’s what a a Cornell gerontologist says elderly women want younger women to know about love and marriage. Listen to what your friends say, and, as old-fashioned as this sounds, ask yourself: Is your partner a good “provider?”

Does the West have a monopoly on romantic love?

Lifestyle & Belief

Is love, romantic love, a universal emotion? In the West, it often seems we live, die and even kill for love. Love is passionate, foolish and cherished. But in many cultures, arranged marriages are the norm and romantic love is, well, disruptive. It turns out people across the globe feel romantic love, but they don’t necessarily act on it.

A romantic kiss

Scientists say they’ve found romantic love, in brain scans

Lifestyle & Belief

Some say science is taking the romance out of romantic love through brain research. Maybe so, but Esquire writer A.J. Jacobs says perhaps that’s what we need to find happiness. He’s all for rational romance, and offers some “rational” Valentines you can send to that special someone.