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We're all neighbors on our tiny globe. The poor and the rich and everyone in between. We'll explore the downs and ups of life in this global village.

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Why Infanticide Is A Problem In Senegal

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-03 14:01, modified on 2018-10-04 16:04

It is the second-most common reason women are in jail in Senegal.


Stunning Photos Depict Migrants 'As They'd Rather Be Seen'

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-07 11:00, modified on 2018-10-08 00:38

The photos avoid war, destruction and poverty — and instead focus on the beauty and resilience of people who leave home in search of a better life.


A Great African Kingdom Tells Its History In Fabulous Royal Clothes

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-20 11:00, modified on 2018-10-08 00:38

An exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art finds political power in dizzying patterns from the Kuba Kingdom — located in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


The Tuberculosis That Afflicts Much Of The World Was Likely Spread By Europeans

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-19 18:27, modified on 2018-10-20 21:09

A new study looks at how TB has traveled the world — and the lessons that can be learned about treatment of drug-resistant forms.


U.N. Calls For End To Virginity Tests

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-19 17:59, modified at 22:22

The tests are traumatic and unreliable, the United Nations said in a statement this week. In Afghanistan, there's a campaign to bring the practice to a halt.


They Call Her 'Queen Of Dung' — And She Doesn't Mind

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-18 16:45, modified at 16:47

Millions of people burn animal dung for heating and cooking. To find out if the smoke can cause lung issues, researcher Claire McCarthy used some unorthodox methods.


'Other Nobel' Goes To Amazingly Humble Surgeon In South Sudan

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-17 19:09, modified at 19:11

Dr. Evan Atar Adaha has won the U.N.'s Nansen Refugee Award. Of his commitment to work in a conflict zone, he says: "I would feel guilt the rest of my life if I left people in this situation.


Government Official Resigns As #MeToo Movement Gathers Force In India

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-16 20:31, modified on 2018-10-17 16:58

A year after sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein catapulted #MeToo into a national movement in the U.S., women in India are using Facebook and Twitter to tell their stories.


Report: Liberian Charity Worker Raped Girls He Was Supposed To Protect

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-16 19:17, modified on 2018-10-17 16:58

A report from ProPublica and Time Magazine documents rapes committed by an employee of More Than Me, a charity that had raised $8 million and earned praise for its work. We interview the co-author.


Report: World Support For Mental Health Care Is 'Pitifully Small'

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-15 19:12, modified on 2018-10-16 12:51

A major report points out the lack of resources for mental health issues — and offers some possible solutions.


A Super Girl Scout Makes Movies To Make Life Better For Vulnerable Girls

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-13 11:01, modified on 2018-10-15 17:11

Sakshi Satpathy, 16, babysat and walked dogs to finance her films on child marriage and trafficking. She's won the Girl Scout's top honor — and Amnesty International and CARE have screened her works.


Why MSF Had To Stop Offering Mental Health Care To Refugees In Nauru

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-12 20:45, modified at 21:18

Doctors Without Borders spent 11 months treating asylum seekers and refugees as well as locals. In early October, the government of the tiny island nation told them to shut down their operation.


The Hijacked Hearse: Dispatches From The Ebola Outbreak In DRC

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-12 20:24, modified at 20:29

Almost every day, the Democratic Republic of the Congo issues regular reports on the Ebola situation, There are facts, figures — and today, a harrowing tale.


Goats And Sheep (Indirectly) Fight Fires In Heartwarming BBC Video

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-12 16:46, modified at 20:51

The animals are part of a collaboration with shepherds and firefighters to stop the spread of wildfires in northern Spain.


Rate Of C-Sections Is Rising At An 'Alarming' Rate, Report Says

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-12 15:59, modified at 18:38

A report in The Lancet says the rate of cesarean sections has tripled globally since 1990. In some hospitals, more than 70 percent of births occur by C-section, putting moms and babies at risk.


Parents Search For Lost Children After Indonesia's Disaster

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-11 21:00, modified on 2018-10-15 14:26

They were separated in the chaos after the earthquake and tsunami. There's still hope that families can be reunited — but many obstacles loom.


She Was Too Poor To Stay In School. Now She's An Inspiration To Rihanna

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-10 17:04, modified at 18:46

Angeline Murimirwa is lauded as one of the world's most influential women for her work with a charity that gives scholarships to poor girls in Africa. She herself was once one of those girls.


Seeds Of Maya Genius Grow In A New Kind Of School

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-09 20:38, modified on 2018-10-10 18:33

It's in Guatemala, where the educational achievement of poor students is severely lacking. Students might dress up in cow costumes, bake bread — or frame a building.


Why The Nobel Peace Prize Made This Year's Winner Cry For Her Mother

Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-05 15:48, modified on 2018-10-17 19:49

Nadia Murad, who escaped ISIS captivity and now speaks out about sexual violence, was one of two recipients. She talked about the impact of the Nobel in an interview with NPR's Noel King.