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Cutbacks threaten Lesotho's HIV sufferers
Banned German weapons being sold in Colombia
German law prohibits the export of weapons to crisis or conflict regions. But guns sporting the label "Made in Germany" are being sold in war-torn Colombia. Manufacturers have denied any involvement in illegal exports.
Girls get another chance in Malawi
Teenage pregnancies and early marriages are commonplace in Malawi, forcing many teenage girls to drop out of school. Women's groups are now trying turn the situation around and improve girls's access to education.
German firms ignore human rights abuses, study says
German companies active overseas continue to play a role in human rights abuses, according to a new study by two NGOs. The groups say the government has done too little to regulate German business abroad.
For New Yorker, '12 Years a Slave' is personal
The film "12 Years a Slave" had already won numerous other awards and now has the coveted Oscar for 'Best Picture.' For Irene Northup-Zahos, though, the film is an emotional part of her own family history.
Children and Families
Parents care for kids at home in Bolivia's prisons
Police enter San Pedro prison in La Paz, Bolivia, only sporadically, leaving inmates to enforce order among the prison population - and their children. Families are welcome.
Minimum standards vs. greenwashing
Many companies today have social responsibility strategies. Advertising ethical and pro-environment policies can win over customers. But how can buyers separate "greenwashing" from fact?
Home for some, e-waste dump for the world
The e-waste dump Agbogbloshie exemplifies the downside of globalization: It's the bitter end of a supply chain where children, instead of going to school, wander barefoot gathering bits of salvaged metal for pennies.
Australia's refugee policy causes 'mental rot'
Australia's human rights record has been marred by reports that asylum seekers are treated inhumanely. A death at an offshore detention camp is just the latest. Yet there is hardly political will to improve conditions.
Bound by taboos, Lebanese women seek abortions
Abortion in Lebanon is essentially illegal and definitely taboo. Yet many hospitals and clinics across the country perform the operation clandestinely. The lack of regulation, however, often puts women's life at risk.