In a world first, a court in Argentina issued a historic and unprecedented ruling that favors the rights of an orangutan held in captivity. Sandra the orangutan was granted a legal action so she may be transferred to a habitat in keeping with her development.
The Internet got its Christmas wish to #SaveBela. The Indiana German shepherd who tugged at collective heartstrings last week when it was revealed that he could be euthanized due to a stipulation in his late owner's will, is being sent to live at a Utah animal sanctuary.
When a famous musician dies that loss is usually felt more widely than most. In my case though, the death of one particular musician this year was a moment of keen significance, because I literally owe my life to Phil Everly, and his older brother Don.
Censorship is a part of daily life in China. News articles are erased from online search engines, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are banned, and CNN is routinely blacked out for Chinese viewers.