Hundreds of Syrian men escaping from rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo to government-controlled parts of the city are missing amid reports of government reprisals, including numerous arrests and several cases of summary killings of people perceived to be opposition supporters, United Nations human rights officials said on Friday. At the same time, the officials said, rebels have in some cases prevented civilians from leaving, and there were reports that some groups had killed or kidnapped residents who had demanded that insurgents leave their neighborhoods. (NY Times http://nyti.ms/2hsX6km) Boris, Upbraided…Boris Johnson, Britain’s famously undiplomatic chief diplomat, finally seems to have gone…
Children in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, are forfeiting education to work an average of 64 hours a week mostly in the garment industry, according to a new report released Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of South Sudanese are fleeing the country’s civil war for refuge in neighboring Uganda each month. More than 400,000 people made the journey this year. The majority are going to the Bidibidi refugee camp, a place that a few months ago was just a small village in Uganda.
When President-elect Donald Trump was accused of not paying federal income taxes, he responded by saying, “That makes me smart.” It’s a testament to the structural problem that exists globally today: vast inequality between rich and poor.
In Argentina, policymakers are coming up with new legislation to crack down on the relentlessly high level of gender-based violence, but many experts say the real hurdle is finding effective ways to implement the laws.
South Sudan has deported a journalist working for the international Associated Press news agency, and the reporter said on Wednesday that it was because his reporting was critical of the government.
The controversial Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has started work to expand health-care access in low-income countries through its nonprofit Novartis Foundation. The expansion into a role that builds health systems is stirring all kinds of questions.
Fox News personality Sean Hannity devoted a segment of his show this week to climate change. He brought on talking heads Monica Crowley and Bill Cunningham to discuss how all the people decrying fake news are perpetuating the myth of climate change.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s recent assessment of Nicaragua reinforces the narrative that the country has made tremendous strides in fighting poverty, but many experts stress the importance of staying vigilant against the country’s still deep inequalities and precarious economy.
President John Mahama accused Ghana’s main opposition leader of deliberately undermining confidence in the voting process before Wednesday’s election by…
Living Goods’ community health promoters helped reduce child mortality by 27 percent and infant mortality by 33 percent. Neonatal mortality also was 27 percent lower, overall health knowledge improved and people were more likely to take preventive health measures compared to areas without community health promoters, according to the randomized control trial.
The poll, conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross, found that 54 percent of Americans consider torture “wrong.” The only other populations with lower proportions in this category were Israel and Palestine, with 44 percent and 35 percent, respectively.
Russia and China vetoed a U.N. Security Council proposal to stop fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, thwarting flurried international efforts to end violence that has killed hundreds of civilians in recent weeks.