Snake charmers used to be a fixture at Indian markets and festivals, beguiling crowds with their ability to control some of the world's most venomous reptiles.But one of India's iconic folk arts is fading away — and animal rights activists say it can't happen soon enough.
First in a three-part series.China was probably the world's earliest technological superpower, inventing the plow, the compass, gunpowder and block printing. Then, science in the Middle Kingdom languished for centuries.Until 1893, the Chinese didn't even have a word for "science."
Is al-Qaida planning an attack to coincide with the tenth anniversary of September 11?"Of course they'd like to," says national security analyst Peter Bergen. "And some of the materials recovered in the [Osama] bin Laden compound indicate a desire to do something.
In recent years, Japan's leaders haven't seemed able to hang onto power for more than a year, and the current prime minister, Naoto Kan, is poised to be the latest casualty.For months, critics have been hurling insults at the country's much-unloved leader and calling for his resignation.The frailty