tram in Kolkata with dancers

India’s tramway turned 150. But it’s on its last legs.


​​​​​​​Kolkata’s 150-year-old tram system is limping along. It’s down to just two lines and there is little political will, or room in the city’s crowded streets, to bring the streetcars back to their former glory days. The tram does have a small but loyal band of supporters who want to keep it alive.

Young men chat near Al-Mutanabbi street in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 24, 2023.

Young Iraqis reflect on the US-led invasion, its aftermath and their hopes for the future

Conflict & Justice
Indian people hold placards and candles as they participate at a candle light vigil as they mark the first anniversary of a young woman's demise after the fatal gang rape, in New Delhi, India, Dec. 29, 2013.

A decade after the deadly assault of Jyoti Singh, has safety for women in India improved?

Sexual violence
Tourists stand in front of a giant banner showing the golden mask of King Tutankhamun at Luxor temple in Luxor, Egypt, Nov. 4, 2022. 

100 years since the discovery of King Tut’s tomb

Taliban fighters celebrate one year since they seized the Afghan capital, Kabul, in front of the US Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount

Pope Francis sits with Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove (left) and Iman Khalid Latif (right), executive director of the Islamic Center and chaplain to the students at New York University, at a multi-religious gathering during a visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum i

NYU chaplain calls for a ‘true pursuit of empathy’ to heal from 9/11 aftermath


Two decades after the attacks of Sept. 11, Muslim Americans revisit their lives in a post-9/11 world. Executive director and chaplain at New York University, Khalid Latif, discusses his experiences with The World’s host Marco Werman.

Performers form a yellow number 100 at a gala show full of red ahead of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing

Massive celebrations planned for 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China

Global Politics

Commemorations mark a century since Mao Zedong met secretly with a dozen men to establish the CPC and change the course of history forever.

Mary Poppins: Still Practically Perfect After 50 Years

Arts, Culture & Media

Disney’s Mary Poppins turns 50 this week, and she still looks super(califragilisticexpialidocious). The grown-up issues at the heart of this children’s classic are as timely as ever.

A gathering of Marshallese immigrants in Springdale, AR

The proud Pacific nation that preserves its homeland with the Bikini Anthem


The Bikini Anthem preserves the history of the Marshall Islands, which gained independence on May 1, 1979.

Obama does the tango with a dancer in Buenos Aires

The presidential tango: Was this really the right time for Obama to visit Argentina?

Global Politics

Thursday marks 40 years since the military coup in Argentina that began the “dirty war” dictatorship. A Nobel Peace Prize winner says President Obama should have skipped this trip.