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Somalia Human Development Report Finds Youth Essential To Country's Future

(80) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 8:53 PM

After 21 years of civil war and a 2011 drought that triggered what was called the "worst humanitarian disaster in the world" at the time, Somalia at last has a glimmer of hope. The country faces a potentially transformative moment as violence abates, a new government takes hold,...

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Mexico's Drug Cartels: Which Groups Are Running The Show?

(390) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 9:10 AM

Hair-raising reports of grisly murders, often carried out in plain sight, offer chilling reminders to rival drug cartels and intervening authorities in Mexico's drug war. As the government scrambles to assert its control, who is responsible for the bloodshed?

Leaders with colorful nicknames and eccentric habits are trotted out before...

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Syria Photos By Laurent Van der Stockt Document Conflict In Aleppo

(27) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 11:02 AM

Photojournalist Laurent Van der Stockt has pulled back the curtains on the bloody sectarian conflict in Syria in a series of images taken during a recent trip to Aleppo. Over the past few weeks, the war-battered city has been the site of intense shelling, air attacks, and clashes...

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North Korea Olympic Athletes Face Reward Or Punishment At Home

(1655) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 9:48 AM

One might understand U.S. gymnast Jordyn Wieber's heartbreak when she failed to qualify for the finals or commiserate with the angry tears of South Korean fencer Shin A-lam after a faulty clock dashed her dreams. But things could be a lot worse. What happens to North...

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Syria Envoy Kofi Annan Quits Mission

(488) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 11:02 AM

The United Nations' envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, submitted his resignation on Thursday, citing finger pointing and divisions within the Security Council as part of his reason for quitting.

Annan announced his decision at a press conference in Geneva. "The increasing militarization on the ground and...

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Aleppo Execution Video Condemned By Rights Groups (WARNING: Graphic Content)

(678) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 1:16 PM

International rights groups cried foul on Wednesday after gory footage purporting to show Syrian rebels publicly executing suspected Assad militiamen surfaced online.

The 2-minute video shows fighters carrying Kalashnikovs line up a group of men against a wall and shoot them execution-style in a deafening minute of gunfire.

Some...

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Gustavo Cortez, 'El Universo' Editor, Responds To Verbal Attack By President Rafael Correa

(129) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 4:24 PM

The editor of Ecuador's daily newspaper El Universo, Gustavo Cortez, responded on Monday to remarks made against him by President Rafael Correa last month. Cortez claimed that a television appearance by Correa, in which the leftist president showed a photo of the editor and denounced him as an "evil man,"...

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Torture By Sesame Street At Guantanamo Bay: Al Jazeera Reports (VIDEO)

(4262) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 5:24 PM

In 2008, reports surfaced that detainees at Guantanamo Bay had been tortured by songs such as Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and Drowning Pool's "Bodies."

Now, a new documentary from Al Jazeera shows that detainees may also have been subjected to musical torture of a softer...

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Susan Rice On Syria: Sending Foreign Troops Is 'Premature'

(77) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 12:31 PM

As the deadly crackdown by Bashar Assad's regime in Syria stretches into its 15th month and the death toll soars to more than 12,000 people, the United States maintains that international military action against the country is not the best course of action.

"The consideration of...

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El Salvador Murder: Country Marks First Homicide-Free Day In Years

(155) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 11:31 AM

As Western Hemisphere leaders butted heads this weekend at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, one country had a bittersweet reason to celebrate. For the first day in almost three years, no one was murdered in El Salvador.

That might sound like good news for a 6-million person...

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Navy F 18 Crash: Jet Slams Into Apartments In Virginia Beach, Virginia

(3459) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 12:57 PM

A U.S. Navy jet crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Friday afternoon. CNN reports that the plane -- an F/A-18D assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 -- slammed into the Mayfair Mews Apartment complex, setting several apartments on fire.

The US Navy reported...

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Mohamed Nasheed, Former Maldives President, Warns Of Rocky Road To Democracy In Middle East

(22) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 12:50 PM

NEW YORK -- An island paradise known foremost for its picturesque beaches and tourism industry captured international headlines last February when the unexpected resignation of its president appeared to show the country's nascent democracy slipping back toward dictatorship.

During a recent visit to New York, former President Mohamed Nasheed...

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Invisible Children, Stop Kony Campaign Organization, Responds To Criticism In New Video

(348) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 8:43 AM

Is the viral video campaign that rocketed Joseph Kony to international fame last week just some "slick, kind of fly-by-night, slacktivist thing"?

"Not at all," according to Ben Keesey, CEO of Invisible Children, the organization responsible for the campaign. In a new, eight-and-a-half-minute clip released on Monday (above),...

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Women In The World 2012: Violence Against Women Sweeps Central America

(63) Comments | Posted March 11, 2012 | 6:10 PM

On Thursday, March 8, in coincidence with International Women's Day, hundreds of influential women from over a dozen countries flocked to New York's Lincoln Center for Newsweek and The Daily Beast's third annual Women in the World conference.

The three-day event featured panels with a host of remarkable...

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Joseph Kony 2012 Video: 'Stop Kony' Campaign Draws Criticism

(1185) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Just who is this Joseph Kony guy, anyway? If you learned his name from the viral video that rocketed the notorious leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to fame this week, the film producers' campaign to make Kony a household name appears to have succeeded -- but not without...

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FEMEN Protests Hockey World Cup In Belarus (PHOTOS, WARNING: NSFW)

(336) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 2:23 PM

When the International Ice Hockey Federation chose Belarus to host the 2014 Hockey World Cup, it may not have expected to attract the ire of a legion of topless Ukrainian feminists.

The organization's decision to allow Belarus' capital city Minsk to host the games despite the country's poor human rights...

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Kim Jong Il's Death Elicits Plea For End To Human Rights Abuses In North Korea

(39) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 9:21 AM

In the wake of Kim Jong Il's death, public and government reactions to the passing of North Korea's "Dear Leader" have ranged from condolences to stark remarks hinting at demands for change to North Korea's political and economic policy. As questions have been raised about whether...

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Syria Crackdown Condemned By Activists, Rights Groups

(24) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 5:25 PM

NEW YORK -- As the death toll in Syria's bloody government crackdown rises to more than 3,500 since mass protests began last March, the international community is ratcheting up pressure to end the violence and hold President Bashar al-Assad's regime accountable.

This week, two groups released reports blasting human...

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Global Occupy: North Korea's Thoughts On 'Occupy Seoul' (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 2:28 PM

As South Korea gets in the occupying spirit, the official news agency of its neighbor to the north has jumped on the demonstrations as an opportunity to knock capitalism and express support for the South Koreans' "pent-up wrath against avaricious big banks and companies that caused economic inequality."

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Gaddafi Women Bodyguards: Photos Of The Amazonian Guard

(373) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 9:35 AM

The former Libyan dictator's capture and death on Thursday was perhaps as ugly as his life was glamorous.

When it was revealed that Gaddafi was pulled from a sewage pipe (months after calling the Libyan people 'rats' when they rose up against him), it...

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