World Our-Story

By LovGov | A magazine built for discovering how Ancient World History is alive and well in our modern world. Looking for connections with Ancient World History and Current Events up through the Renaissance

Mother had 'no other choice' but to sell her 6-year-old daughter

<b>Herat, Afghanistan (CNN) —</b> An unprecedented drought in Afghanistan has led to families selling their children just to be able to feed their households.<p>CNN has spoken to multiple families around the western city of Herat who have been forced from their homes because of a record dry spell that, …

Confronting slavery head-on, new museums shift how U.S. history is told

A grand, Regency-style manse on Savannah, Georgia’s Oglethorpe Square, the Owens-Thomas House, prides itself on being a time capsule.<p>In a city known for Spanish moss and tree-lined streets, the historic home museum offers a window into the world of the Antebellum south, and the life of famous …

Worst Roommate Ever

<b>Alex Miller’s spare room</b> had been on Craigslist for two weeks when, last March, she got the call she’d been waiting for. The man at the other end …

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war<p>Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.<p>…

Trump mourns loss of ‘beautiful statues and monuments’ in wake of Charlottesville rally over Robert E. Lee statue

President Trump on Thursday mourned the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville during a white supremacist demonstration protesting the planned removal of a statue depicting Confederate military commander Robert E. Lee.<p>Trump's string of …

Trump condemns North Korean long-range missile launch

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump condemned North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday.<p>"Threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people." Trump said in a written statement. "The United States …

Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

WASHINGTON — A newfound memo from Kenneth W. Starr’s independent counsel investigation into President Bill Clinton sheds fresh light on a constitutional puzzle that is taking on mounting significance amid the Trump-Russia inquiry: Can a sitting president be indicted?<p>The 56-page memo, locked in the …

A suspected terrorist and drug trafficker just became Venezuela's vice president

That means that, in a country of complete and utter chaos — where people are starving, healthcare is nonexistent, electricity is scarce, and vigilante justice is becoming a norm— a suspected terrorist is one heartbeat away from the highest office in the land.<p>El Aissami is a known entity in the …

Face of 9,500-year-old man revealed for first time

Digital tools help researchers reconstruct the Neolithic man inside the famed Jericho Skull.<p>Researchers have reverse-engineered the ancient ritual practice that created one of the British Museum's most important artifacts—the Jericho Skull—revealing the face of a man whose remains were decorated …

Rebels: Ceasefire 'void' if government bombing persists

Opposition groups warn they will cancel truce if government offensive persists in area northwest of Damascus.<p>Syrian rebel groups warned they would consider a ceasefire deal brokered by Russia and Turkey "null and void" if government forces and their allies continued to violate it.<p>Clashes and air …

ISIS' caliphate is shrinking, and the terror group is about to lose one of its biggest cities

ISIS is likely close to losing its Iraq capital, and it's indicative of a larger problem for the terrorist group — analysis from the IHS Conflict Monitor shows that ISIS' territory has been shrinking for the past two years with no sufficient gains to make up for it.<p>It goes against ISIS' core …

This is an incredible visualization of the world's shipping routes

Each year, more than 11 billion tons of stuff gets carried around the world by large ships. Clothes, flat-screen TVs, grain, cars, oil — transporting these goods from port to port is what makes the global economy go 'round.<p>Now there's a great way to visualize this entire process, through this …

How terrorism in the West compares to terrorism everywhere else

Since the beginning of 2015, the Middle East, Africa and Asia have seen nearly 50 times more deaths from terrorism than Europe and the Americas.

This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes

For the full interactive version, use a larger device. Interactive by Andrew Kahn. Background image by Tim Jones.<p>Usually, when we say “American …

Scientists Confirm China's Legendary Ancient Flood Was Real

With over 4 trillion gallons of rushing water, it was a flood of biblical proportions. Villages for miles around were swallowed in a single, violent gulp. Yet a king arose out of the destructive floodwaters. By dredging of the flooded lands, he founded the Xia dynasty that would live on centuries. …

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How Slavery Changed the DNA of African Americans

Our genetic make-up is the result of history. Historical events that influenced the patterns of migration and mating among our ancestors are …

A Real War Story, in Drawings

JUNE 25 marks the 140th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, otherwise known as Custer’s Last Stand, part of the 1876 counterinsurgency campaign we call the Great Sioux War. Given that the United States today is engaged in two deadly counterinsurgency wars, fighting the Taliban in …

Unearthing the Atrocities of Nazi Death Camps

In 2007, Caroline Sturdy Colls—then a 21-year-old University of Birmingham graduate student—made her first visit to the Nazi death camp at Treblinka, …

The Really Big One

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.<p>When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in …

Listening to the Stories of Syria’s Dead

Ten tombstones lined up on either side of a long, rectangular plot of soil glowed in the room’s dark light. With my shoes off and wearing a plastic …

Panama Papers reveal offshore secrets of China’s red nobility

Disclosures show how havens such as British Virgin Islands hide links between big business and relatives of top politicians<p>The eight members of China’s Communist party elite whose family members used offshore companies are revealed in the Panama Papers.<p>The documents show the granddaughter of a …

China just started unloading its biggest problem on the rest of the world, and the world is already freaking out

And the world is already starting to feel the pain.<p>The problem is that China's got too many companies producing things like coal and steel, and the state-owned enterprises (SOEs) doing this have racked up debt that's now eating up their profits.<p>The government is trying to shift the whole economy …

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When You Become The Person You Hate On The Internet

I was feeling cheeky one afternoon when I posted to Facebook that the '90s hit "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was the worst song of all time. It had been nearly two decades since the release of that single — about a bickering couple who reconcile thanks to an Audrey Hepburn film — but I heard the chorus …

British man takes photo with bomb-wielding hijacker

<b>Cyprus, EGYPT</b> - British safety worker Ben Innes made the most of a bad situation during an attempted airplane hijacking on Tuesday.<p>The 26-year-old …

In Poor, Violent Enclave of 'Saint Death,' Pope Slams Mexico's Rich

ECATEPEC, Mexico — Celebrating Mass for more than 300,000 people in one of Mexico's poorest and most dangerous cities Sunday, Pope Francis took a swipe at the country's rich and corrupt elite.<p>Decrying "a society of the few and for the few," he denounced deep inequality and the vanity and pride of …

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The geography of the snow day, courtesy of Reddit user Alexandr Trubetskoy<p>Weather-related school closings are a constant source of anxiety this time of year. Sometimes the anxiety is generational: "They never canceled school in my day," parents and grandparents complain when a new snow day gets …