| Mar 20, 2014
| 5:42 PM
BEIRUT — The Syrian military on Thursday captured a historic Crusader castle that had long been a highly symbolic rebel bastion, the latest victory in an ongoing offensive along the Lebanese border, according to government and opposition accounts....
| Mar 29, 2014
| 5:00 PM
It's practically impossible for Americans to learn much about the country of Haiti without running into the works of Goucher College's creative writing professor and award-winning novelist Madison Smartt Bell.
Along with a dozen or so published pieces,...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 2:18 PM
MONTALCINO, Italy — "Scusi," I said to a well-dressed man in this medieval Tuscan village, where even the gas station was somehow part of the farming landscape. "Can you tell me how to get to Castiglion del Bosco?"
"Hmm, yes," he said in English,...
| Mar 2, 2014
Wendi Dwyer should have been packing for a trip to Africa. She had been scheduled to leave the next day. But a recent outbreak of violence in South Sudan — the nation is teetering on civil war — forced her to cancel. Instead, she sat in her...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Prosecco producers from Italy’s Veneto region are courting the Chinese market with a slick website--translated into Chinese. It’s a smart move to get in early as the Chinese wine market explodes. According to the Consortium for the...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:05 PM
Who knew that a man renowned for his progressive-minded accomplishments in advancing an educational institution would prefer to spend his leisure exploring underdeveloped lands and ancient civilizations? That, in a nutshell, describes Maryland Institute...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 7:26 PM
Perestroika-era Soviet ambassador to U.S.
Yuri Dubinin, 83, the Soviet Union's ambassador to the United States during much of the turbulent 1980s' perestroika period, died Friday. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced his death in Moscow...
| Apr 27, 2014
The first time I met Gabriel García Márquez, then an unknown writer in Mexico, was on July 6, 1962, in the office of the producer of Luis Buñuel's movie "Viridiana." I remember the date well because after noticing the headline, Gabo asked to borrow the...
| Oct 14, 2013
By ELAINE KURTENBACH MOUNT FUJI, Japan — They trudge up well-trod cinder paths by the thousands, headlamps glowing in the dark, and then settle in, shivering, to await and cheer the sun's blazing ascent over the horizon. Climbing Mount Fuji, Japan's...
| May 22, 2011
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum
Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 375 pp., $28
What on earth were they thinking? That's the question that comes repeatedly to mind while...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 6:23 AM
AKRON, Ohio - Ohio is filled with lots of history.
There are presidents (eight in all), Indians, a Revolutionary War fort, a War of 1812 naval battle on Lake Erie, the National Road and the Ohio & Erie Canal.
There are figures from Annie Oakley and Gen....