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Palestinian homeowners face eviction in forgotten corner of East Jerusalem
Syrian women's lives devastated by rape
As the Syrian conflict continues, the incidences of rape and violence against women are steadily rising. Activists are alarmed by the number of lives claimed and broken with impunity.
Serving life for a slice of pizza
Many in the US serve life sentences for minor offenses like stealing baby food, a jacket or a bottle of propane gas. Civil rights activists are now demanding that the law be changed.
Greenland Inuit village fights for survival
When it comes to pulling together globally in battling climate change, some small island nations have to fight to get their voices heard. Many of them have been wrestling with the effects of climate change for years.
'We can't get there with just science alone'
Despite reported progress toward a promising HIV vaccine, the decrease in infection rates has slowed in some parts of the world. Access to treatment needs to improve, says "AIDS 2014" co-chair Sharon Lewin.
Afghans turn to India's hospitals for treatment
Thousands of Afghans travel to India each month in search of medical treatment. Poor healthcare and mistaken treatment in Afghanistan are causing this number to grow. Hospitals have adjusted to accomodate the influx.
Preserving a kosher taste of Tunisia's past
Over the last 50 years the Jewish population in Tunisia has been dwindling. For many the only Jewish restaurant in the capital, "Mamie Lily," has become not just a culinary but also a cultural reference point.
Mystical Islam 'under threat' in Pakistan
European experts of mystical Islam fear for the future of religious diversity under growing extremism in Pakistan. Mystical Islam, they say, does not play a big role in people's lives now as it did in the past.
Activist wants North Korea exports termed 'blood minerals'
Defectors from North Korea tell of slaves forced to labor in mines to earn hard currency for the regime, but so far Pyongyang has evaded international sanctions because minerals are not covered by UN resolutions.
A campaign to save North Korean defectors
After escaping the repressive regime in their homeland, impoverished North Koreans have to avoid Chinese authorities to reach freedom. Many do not make it and are sent back to the North and an uncertain future.
India's polluted Ganges River threatens people's livelihoods
The Ganges is India's holiest river, considered a source of spiritual purification for devout Hindus. But today the river is among the world's most polluted, struggling under the pressures of modern India.
Empowering Afro-Uruguayans after long history of discrimination
Uruguayans of African descent are more likely to drop out of school and are often being discriminated against. A new law aims at boosting their chances by providing scholarships and a quota for government jobs.
Deserted Syrian children flee to Lebanon
According to UNICEF, thousands of Syrian children are fleeing their country alone. Separated from their families and forced to survive on their own, they face high risks of abuse and violence.
Dutch activists uncover webcam child sex tourists
Over 1,000 men from 71 countries paid to see a 10-year-old girl perform sexual acts on the Internet. Except the "girl" was really an avatar created by Terre des Hommes. The NGO wants police to change their tactics.
EU to push for world without poverty
The target of halving poverty globally by 2015 will only be partially achieved. Experts and politicians are still debating what the development goals are going to look like beyond that date.
Syrian refugees face harsh winter in Iraq
The stream of Syrian refugees to neighboring countries shows no sign of abating. So far 200,000 have fled to Iraq alone. Aid agencies are working hard to help, but fear that a harsh winter will compound their problems.
Spitak earthquake victims still waiting for help 25 years on
December 7 marks the 25th anniversary of the Spitak earthquake in Armenia where some 24,000 people died. A quarter of a century later, some 4,500 families are still living in makeshift shelters, waiting for help.
EU timber policy slows illegal logging in Vietnam
Exporting wooden furniture boosted Vietnam’s economy but weakened its natural resources through deforestation. Now EU regulations promoting sustainability are benefiting farmers as well as their land.
Campaign calls on tourists to boycott Buddha souvenirs
A campaign group in Thailand is calling on tourists to stop buying tacky memorabilia bearing Buddha's image. They argue such blatant commercialization of their religion is disrespectful.