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Pakistan is considering a one-time tax to cope with the crisis caused by its ruinous floods. Relief, meanwhile, has poured into far flung areas that are slowly regaining access after being cut off for weeks. U.S. Marines are delivering emergency aid in inaccessible areas of Pakistan's Swat Valley.
For the fourth time in less than four weeks, Israeli forces demolished the unrecognized Bedouin village of Kafr al Arakib this week. A mix of international and Israeli volunteers return each week to help rebuild, even though Israel insists that the village was built illegally and therefore must be razed.
A $62-billion water diversion project 60 years in the making will channel water from the south of the country to the drought-prone North. The project will dislocate 330,000 people, who must leave their homes forever.
Barges plying the Congo River carry the lion's share of goods to the giant county's remote interior. Life aboard is a colorful, cacophonous menagerie of humans and animals. Some of the monkeys and goats are pets; some are dinner.
Israel's recent military operation in the Gaza Strip and subsequent blockade were meant to weaken the militant group Hamas. But Hamas' rule over the coastal enclave seems stronger than ever, even as it confronts a host of new challenges, including criticism that the group is not Islamist enough.
The nearly 3,000-mile Congo River is the backbone of one of Africa's poorest and most conflict-ridden countries. A trip down the riverine highway reveals the often harsh and always colorful realities of life, past and present, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The 72 migrants found gunned down in Mexico this week were from Central and South America. The massacre has terrified migrants, who know it's not uncommon to be seized and held for ransom while transiting Mexico.
Rescue workers in Chile communicate with the 33 trapped miners via a narrow passageway carved through nearly half a mile of rock and soil. Relief supplies are sent down in narrow, 5-foot-long parcels nicknamed "doves." The doves also carry handwritten letters between the miners and their loved ones, ...
British Prime Minister David Cameron is currently vacationing with his family in the seaside county of Cornwall in southwest England. The prime minister recently urged fellow U.K. citizens to take their summer holiday at home and re-discover the country's seacoast resorts. And more of them are: British ...
Young Egyptians are using social media to fight police brutality and urge a more open government. With thousands of bloggers online, Egypt's social media movement is the oldest and largest in the Arab world. But is it having an effect?
Andrew Loog Oldham was the first manager of The Rolling Stones. He created the band's bad-boy image, produced some of its first big hits and started Britain's first independent record label. Now, Oldham has emerged a world away in South America, where he's found a new life managing rock 'n' rollers en Espanol.
In January, American Aijalon Gomes walked into North Korea from China. Several months later, a court there sentenced him to eight years in a labor camp. He later tried to commit suicide. One colleague speculates that Gomes went to North Korea to find a purpose for his life.
The country took a hard line when it declared independence, refusing to grant citizenship to ethnic Russian families who were not in the country before Soviet times. Now, the government has intensified its efforts to push the Russian language out of public schools.
Just as China's second-quarter gross domestic product showed it leading Japan, the U.S. Defense Department was reporting that the country's economic achievements have enabled China "to embark on a comprehensive transformation of its military."
Hungry flood victims beg for food. Men, women and children wade through waters teeming with venomous snakes. Eight million people are in urgent need of food, water and shelter. Weeks into Pakistan's disaster, the lackluster government response has people angry and comparing the situation to Katrina in the U.S.
South Africa's ruling party is proposing legislation that critics say will return the nation to apartheid-era controls on the media. South African journalists are up in arms. It was the ruling African National Congress that fought for freedom of the press when the nation was under white-rule.
Turkey's AK Party, with roots in Islam, has consolidated power, and the military has seen its revered place in Turkish society diminish. Some of those who favor a modern Turkish state -- including civilian control over the military -- worry that in the name of democratic reform the government is accumulating ...
Writer Ghada Abdul-Aal chronicles the nightmares of Egypt's matchmaking culture based on her own experiences. Her popular blog led to a book and now a TV series exploring with humor the way Egyptians marry -- or don't -- in Muslim society.
Pakistan has been devastated by floods, and more rain is on the way. There is rising concern that aid will not reach the millions affected by the disaster before waterborne diseases, malnutrition and exposure take their toll.
Anti-foreigner violence is grabbing the headlines again in South Africa. Immigrants have fled their homes and have left the country, just as they did during the anti-immigrant violence of 2008, which left more than 60 people dead.
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