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Eline Gordts is the World Editor at The Huffington Post.

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Dramatic Rescue Of 6-Year-Old From Sinking Ferry Caught On Video

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 9:53 AM

The dramatic rescue of a young girl who was traveling aboard the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday was caught on tape.

The powerful footage, published by Reuters, shows 6-year-old Kwon Ji-yeon being pulled from the boat into the safe arms of coast guard workers. Reuters reported that...

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Cyclone Ita Slams Australia

(7) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 12:32 PM

More than a thousand residents of Australia's northeastern Queensland state sought refuge as the most powerful storm in three years hit the island continent on Friday. The Australian reports that Cyclone Ita made landfall near Cooktown just after 9 p.m. local time, hitting wind speeds of 140 mph....

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Saudi Arabia Struggles With Obesity, Too (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Amid rising obesity rates, Saudi Arabia's conservative leadership is considering allowing one measure that could prove hugely effective in combating obesity-related illnesses among young girls: allowing them to work out at school.

Saudi media outlets reported on Wednesday that the country's powerful Shura Council has asked the Ministry of...

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Haunting Photos Bring The Great War Back To Life

(82) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 12:32 PM

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the 4-year conflict that cost the lives of millions of soldiers and civilians from all parts of the world.

Starting in 1914, The Great War plunged Europe into darkness, turning parts of the continent into a...

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5 Staggering Statistics For Why We Can Never Let A Tragedy Like Rwanda's Happen Ever Again

(144) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 11:02 AM

On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart was shot down above the Kigali airport, crashing into the presidential gardens. Habyarimana's death sparked a deliberate campaign by extremist Hutus to exterminate Rwanda's Tutsi minority.

Differences between Hutus and Tutsis go a long...

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6 Things We'll Be Watching During Afghanistan's Election

(10) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 7:38 AM

Millions of Afghans have braved hours-long lines and militant threats to sign up to vote in the April 5 election. Since current President Hamid Karzai is barred from running, the vote marks the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history. And yet, while a historic moment,...

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Pussy Riot Renews Calls For Sochi Boycott

(61) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot renewed their calls for world leaders to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics, mere days before the start of the games in the resort town of Sochi.

Speaking at a press conference in New York on Tuesday, Nadia Tolonnikova and Maria Alyokhina...

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'Return To Homs,' New Syria Documentary, Gives Gut-Wrenching Glimpse Into Besieged City

(26) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 10:51 AM

The first images that came out of the Syrian city of Homs right after the start of the protests in the spring of 2011 were pictures and movies of chanting men, of citizens dancing in the city’s squares while calling for freedom and democracy. “Homs the audacious,” they sang, lauding...

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How The Protests In Ukraine Escalated (PHOTOS)

(38) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:44 AM

For more than two months, massive protests against the government of Viktor Yanukovych have rocked Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The demonstrations, which started as a cry against the president's decision to forgo a trade deal with the European Union in favor of stronger ties with Russia, eventually revealed deep-running...

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(CLONE) Amanda Knox Verdict: Italian Court Finds American Student Guilty Of Murders

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 2:21 PM

An Italian court has found Amanda Knox guilty of murder in her latest trial on Thursday, ABC reports.

This is the third trial for Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Rafaelle Sollecito, in the 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate, Meredith Kercher. An Italian court found Knox...

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Ex-Irish President Mary Robinson Pushes Leaders To 'Nurture' Earth

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Talking to HuffPostLive at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday, former Irish President Mary Robinson urged leaders and people around the world to combat climate change by taking better care of the planet we're inhabiting.

"We only have one earth, one human home," Robinson said. "We need...

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George Soros Pledges $1 Million In Syria Aid

(4) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Billionaire George Soros is pledging $1 million in humanitarian aid for Syria. Soros made the announcement in his acceptance speech for the International Refugee Committee's Freedom Award on Wednesday.

Soros said the money was intended to influence public opinion and encourage a meaningful, global response to the crisis in...

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Best World Reads Of The Week: Oct. 19 - 25

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 10:48 AM

Spending our days on the interwebs has its advantages, one being that we come across lots of excellent pieces of journalism. Every week, we'll bring you our favorite online reads that didn't appear on our site. Disagree with the selection? Leave your suggestions in the comments or tweet #bestreads at...

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Des réfugiés syriens partagent leurs histoires grâce à des messages sur leurs bras (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Après plus de deux années de combat, la crise des réfugiés Syriens a pris des proportions épiques.

Plus de deux millions de personnes ont fui le pays déchiré par la guerre depuis mars 2011, cherchant des refuges dans des pays voisins. On estime que cinq autres millions...

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Best World Reads Of The Week: October 12-18

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 2:20 PM

Spending our days on the interwebs has its advantages, one being that we come across lots of excellent pieces of journalism. Every week, we'll bring you our favorite online reads that didn't appear on our site. Disagree with the selection? Leave your suggestions in the comments or tweet #bestreads at...

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Des réfugiés syriens partagent leurs histoires grâce à des messages sur leurs bras (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 4:37 PM

Après plus de deux années de combat, la crise des réfugiés Syriens a pris des proportions épiques.

Plus de deux millions de personnes ont fui le pays déchiré par la guerre depuis mars 2011, cherchant des refuges dans des pays voisins. On estime que cinq autres millions...

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Syrian Refugees Speak Out Through 'Dear World' Project (PHOTOS)

(200) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 4:07 PM



After more than two years of fighting, Syria's refugee crisis has grown to epic proportions.

More than 2 million people have fled the war-torn country since March 2011, seeking refuge in neighboring nations. Another 5 million are estimated to be displaced within Syria....

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Best World Reads Of The Week: October 5 - 11

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 4:01 PM

Spending our days on the interwebs has its advantages, one being that we come across lots of excellent pieces of journalism. Every week, we'll bring you our favorite online reads that didn't appear on our site. Disagree with the selection? Leave your suggestions in the comments or tweet #bestreads at...

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Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries

(1770) Comments | Posted October 5, 2013 | 9:27 AM

A 44-year-old man in Belgium chose to end his life via euthanasia on Monday after a series of failed gender reassignment surgeries. “I was the girl no one wanted,” Nathan Verhelst told the Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, mere hours before his death.

Verhelst, who was born...

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Best World Reads Of The Week: September 28 - October 4

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Spending our days on the interwebs has its advantages, one being that we come across lots of excellent pieces of journalism. Every week, we'll bring you our favorite online reads that didn't appear on our site. Disagree with the selection? Leave your suggestions in the comments or tweet #bestreads at...

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