Why My Grandma Never Had A Pap Smear

Women in the developing world may never be tested for cervical cancer. Clinics are far away, cultural biases may keep them away. Now an inexpensive test lets them do it themselves.

No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks

The French town of Vendargues has banned people from dressing up as clowns for a month starting today. The move follows violent incidents across the country involving teens dressed as clowns.

Israel Reopens Disputed Religious Site In Jerusalem To Worshippers

The Temple Mount, sacred to both Muslims and Jews, was closed Thursday following the attempted assassination of a right-wing Jewish activist. More than 1,000 security personnel have been deployed.

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What Was The Result Of U.S. Attack Against Khorasan Group In Syria?

More than a month after the U.S. targeted a shadowy al-Qaida bomb-making group known as the Khorasan in Syria with Tomahawk cruise missiles, little is known about the impact of that attack.

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With Shift From Ukraine To Russia, Crimea's Business And Pleasure Uprooted

Crimeans are adjusting to Russian control in small and big ways, like rooting for a new soccer team and finding new ways to make a living.

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Why Deflation Is Such A Big Worry For Europe

Some of the weakest countries, such as Spain and Italy, are experiencing a broad drop in incomes and asset values. Deflation is a painful process that can be hard to reverse once it starts.

As Crimea's Borders Change, So Do Lives

Russia's annexation of Crimea is reshaping the lives of residents throughout the peninsula. Some find comfort in Russian rule, while others equate Moscow's control with intimidation and persecution.

Awful Moments In Quarantine History: Remember Typhoid Mary?

Quarantines have been imposed on the sick and contagious for thousands of years. We look at the use — and abuse — of this strategy to stop the spread of disease.

Sweden Recognizes Palestine, Drawing Sharp Israeli Criticism

Israel's foreign minister says diplomacy is "more complicated than ... furniture from Ikea." His Swedish counterpart responds that diplomacy, like Ikea furniture, needs "a partner ... [and] a manual."

So For Halloween You're Dressing Up As ... A Sexy Ebola Nurse?

Why are infectious disease costumes even a thing? It's actually a relatively new development in Halloween history, but there are precedents. See: Plague Doctor mask, Venice.

Ghost Stories From Around The World

October 31, 2014
The popobawa is a shape-shifting demon that stalks the Tanzanian island of Pemba. (Phoebe Boswell/NPR)

People across the country are celebrating Halloween today, but scary creatures and folklore can be found around the globe.

Japan Unexpectedly Announces New Stimulus

October 31, 2014
Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks before the press at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo on October 31, 2014. The BOJ ramped up its vast monetary easing programme following a string of poor data that has fanned fears the economy may contract again in the third quarter. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

The move comes amid continued concerns about the country’s economy and follows a sales tax increase that put a damper on spending.

Salt Damage Threatens World Food Supply

October 31, 2014
In India, wheat, rice, sugar-cane and cotton production are all at risk. Pictured are Indian farmers harvesting wheat at a field near Allahabad on April 8, 2013. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of acres of land are being lost each day because of damage caused by salt, according to a U.N. analysis.

Week In The News: Midterms, Ebola And Mayor Tom Menino

October 31, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Wow Air Offering Flights To Europe For $99

October 30, 2014
Pictured is a Wow Air Airbus. (Aero Icarus)

A relatively new Icelandic airline called Wow Air is offering travelers flights at rates that seem almost too good to be true.

Can States Force People Into Quarantine?

October 30, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The couple went on an hour-long ride followed by a Maine State Trooper. State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Maine officials are going to court to keep Kaci Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola.

Reporter Takes Rare North Korea Road Trip

October 30, 2014
In this June 20, 2014 photo, young North Korean schoolchildren help to fix pot holes in a rural road in North Korea's North Hamgyong province. (David Guttenfelder/AP)

Eric Talmadge’s stories appear as North Korea today declared a 21-day quarantine on foreigners in the country.

Reporter Crosses Into Syria To Tell Stories Of Fighters

October 29, 2014
In a screenshot from her CBS News report, Holly Williams is pictured speaking with two prisoners in Syria, who are accused of being ISIS terrorists. (CBS News screenshot)

Holly Williams of CBS discusses some of the people she’s interviewed, including women soldiers on the frontlines.

Shiite Militias In Iraq: Savior Or Menace?

October 29, 2014
Andrew Hoskin tweeted this photo on Oct. 28, 2014, of workers in Baghdad filling a hole left by an ISIS suicide bomber. (Twitter)

Many Baghdad residents see the Shiite militias as saviors, but others worry these brigades of volunteers have grown ominously powerful.

ISIS Uses Hostage As Part Of Propaganda Effort

October 29, 2014
John Cantlie, a British hostage of the Islamic State, is pictured in a propaganda video depicting him as a war correspondent forecasting that the town will fall to ISIS, despite U.S. airstrikes. (YouTube screenshot)

The video shows British hostage John Cantlie acting as a war correspondent forecasting the fall of the town to militants, despite U.S. airstrikes.

Reading Dylan Thomas At 100

October 29, 2014
A visitor looks at the simple wooden cross that marks the grave of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas, in Laugharne, Wales, Sept. 17, 1963. (AP)

A century after his birth, poet and writer Dylan Thomas lives on. We look at his exuberant work and short life.

Boko Haram Abducts More Nigerian School Girls

October 28, 2014
People demonstrate calling on the Nigerian government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region, in the city of Abuja, Nigeria . Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes by announcing Islamic extremists have agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word about 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months. Officials had said talks with Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but there was no confirmation that negotiations had resumed by Wednesday. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga File)

Thirty more Nigerian girls have reportedly been abducted by the Islamist group, despite negotiations and a reported ceasefire.

Father Of British Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Reflects On The War

October 28, 2014
British soldiers are silhouetted against the sky as they provide security for a meeting with the Afghan National Police at a fortress in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, on May 17, 2006. (John D McHugh/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s criminal to send young men off to fight an enemy when you know they are ill-equipped,” said Ian Sadler.

A Student Massacre In Mexico

October 27, 2014
A woman places a candle on photos of the missing students during a protest against the disappearance of 43 students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Tens of thousands marched in Mexico City's main avenue demanding the return of the missing students. (AP)

What really happened in that massacre of students in Mexico? Forty three missing. Mexico laid bare. We’ll investigate.

Reclaiming Eastern European Jewish Identity Through Soccer

October 25, 2014
Before World War II, Team Warsaw and Team Krakow competed on the soccer field. After several decades, they finally played again. (Hannah Morris/Only A Game)

With the help of the international Jewish sports organization Maccabi, two Polish soccer teams revived a historic rivalry this past summer. From Krakow, Poland, Hannah Morris brings us the story.

Susan Minot's 'Thirty Girls' And How Fiction Can Connect Worlds

October 24, 2014
Adye Sunday, 25, who was abducted when she was 13 by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, 2012 (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Minot’s most recent novel tells the true story of the 1996 kidnapping of 139 Catholic schoolgirls in Uganda.

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