Use these databases to find scholarly articles (Academic)
EBSCO's Academic Search Complete
Scholarly articles tend to be pretty narrow in focus. You can try terms such as: family life, marriage, political system, arts, culture, religious life
To find Humanities information
CREDO Reference -- type in your culture and one aspect of humanities, such as music or drama
Global Road Warrior -- there are links to music, language, religion, and historic famous people
Here are 2 websites where you can find current events.
News Now -- From the BBC. Searches many international newspapers for the most current events, but feel free to come up with your own. Avoid overtly biased sites like MSNBC and Fox News.
Google News Do a search on your culture for news articles.