Linguists predict that over half of the almost 7,000 languages currently spoken will disappear by the end of the century. Look at maps of endangered languages around the world, and watch a video of the last speaker of Berbice Dutch.
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The earthquake that hit Chile has resulted in hundreds of deaths and infrastructure damage throughout the country. Tsunami warnings spread across the Pacific, as far away as Japan and Alaska. Read how blogs and social media have been assessing the impact of the quake around the world.
Myanmar has announced elections will take place in fall 2010, but no exact date has been set. The country has been ruled by a military junta since 1962. Worldfocus spoke to Professor David Williams for more on the significance of the events.
Greece is continuing its struggle against debt that is threatening the entire eurozone economy. U.S. and European stocks fell amid concern that Greece will not be able to meet its budget deficit targets. We offer a wrap-up of online commentary.
The Japanese government is moving ahead with plans to improve relations with the Ainu people, the country's indigenous inhabitants. Mostly living in the northern island of Hokkaido, Ainu are believed to descend from people who lived in Japan as early as 13,000 years ago. Harry Fawcett of Al Jazeera English has more, and bloggers offer their perspectives.
During a recent upswing in drug violence in Mexican border towns, many critics of the drug war called for a change in U.S. policy toward marijuana use. Meanwhile, New Jersey just became the 14th U.S. state to allow marijuana for medical use. View our maps to compare current U.S. marijuana policy to laws in Europe and the rest of the world.
China is rapidly becoming the leading manufacturer of clean energy. The country has become the largest producer of wind turbines and solar panels and also provides almost 97 percent of the world's supply of rare-earth materials. The world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter could also make the rest of the world reliant on its alternative energy products.
In North Korea, radio signals are jammed, internet connections blocked and cell phones monitored. Outside news organizations pay underground stringers to smuggle news out. Read how U.S. newspapers treat this info, and see our list of North Korean news websites.
As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become increasingly central to America's wars, "drone porn" has taken the internet by storm with captivating aerial images of death and destruction. The Defense Department actually posts its drone attack footage on YouTube via public relations firm DVidsHub. Some of the videos have caught the attention of millions.
An aftershock hit Haiti as the country tries to recover from last week's 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Wednesday's aftershock registered a 5.9 magnitude, with an epicenter about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west-southwest of Port-au-Prince. Reports and blogs are coming from around the world on the crisis in Haiti and the global impact.