The northern Spanish city of 180,000 has used an $11 million European Union grant to install technology that has transformed it into a "smart city" model for other municipalities.
A newly-passed ordinance requires all new home construction to contain the circuitry necessary to allow owners to install their own charging station. The estimated added cost is $200, a mere drop in a bucket full of multimillion-dollar homes.
An ordinance passed by the city council went into effect earlier this month, making West Hollywood the first municipality in the US, and possibly the world, to ban the selling of fur. Not surprisingly, high-end retailers aren't happy.
Officials in the Chinese city have put out an appeal to help them correct signs containing clumsy English translations. It's part of a greater initiative designed to entice more foreigners to move to the area.
It's an attempt to encourage marriage -- and the legal and financial benefits that come with it -- in a country where cohabitation has old cultural roots.
Sorry, Honey Boo Boo: The French government moved one step closer to restricting pageant participation to contestants aged 16 and over, citing concerns about hypersexualization of young girls.
Citing the increase in abortions of female fetuses, students Sonya Davey, Samir Devalaraja and Neil Davey propose that companies with patents for genital-blurring ultrasound software file them in India, where sex determination is officially illegal.
Vienna's use of "gender mainstreaming" -- which takes the different experiences of men and women into account when making public policy decisions -- has helped to make the city more livable and accessible for everyone.
The city of Utrecht will embark on a study involving a small group of mentally ill addicts and a variant of marijuana that's said to have anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic properties.
In an attempt to reform telecommunications, the European Union Commission has suggested, among other things, removing all roaming charges by 2016 in order to provide "full and fair access" across all 28 member nations.
Join the Praxis live-blog of President Obama's address tonight at 9:01pm, when he will face one of the most challenging tasks of his presidency. The three main audiences he needs to keep in mind— members of Congress, the American public and the Syrian regime—all need to hear a somewhat different message. Yet he must be resolute and clear.
If the United States bombs Syria, whatever else happens, the international norm to respect the processes of international institutions and conventions will be dealt a serious blow.
As part of last year's UN Rio+20 Summit, a group of financial institutions are looking into ways to put monetary value on natural resources and add incentives and penalties for their preservation or destruction.
In an attempt to dial down sex trade street traffic, the city erected an outdoor compound on an industrial site. It consists of drive-in "sex boxes" with special precautions built in to protect prostitutes from predatory clients.