Activist Patricia Samayoa survived civil war and death squads, but was shot while running an errand in Guatemala last week. Her death is another symbol of the violence that has become commonplace and sent thousands of people abroad seeking refuge.
Usually when we think about female genital mutilation only one thing comes to mind: that it should be stopped. But a group of women from the Maasai tribe in Kenya feel strongly that the practice should continue.
The leaders of Hamas know they can't defeat Israel militarily — but that's not their goal. The Islamic militant group appears to be moving away from governing the Gaza Strip and getting back to the its roots: active "resistance" against Israel.
Social media and the Internet are part of any war these days, and that's true in Iraq, as the Islamic group ISIS fights to take over territory. And that is helping a California startup win clients for its new mobile messaging app, which bypasses the Internet and cell towers.
When a language goes extinct, it takes a wealth of knowledge about its local environment along with it. A new reports says that may be why languages and biodiversity are declining at similar rates around the world.
Canada’s federal government recently approved energy company Enbridge’s proposed pipeline to bring Tar Sands oil from Alberta to Canada’s West Coast. But the coastal First Nations strongly oppose the plan, and the British Columbia premier has yet to agree.
For nearly two decades, the BBC Somali service has aired a straightforward but unusual program. It's little more than a list of names being read over the air, but it's become a success in helping reunite families scattered by Somalia's civil war.
Like their neighbors in Mexico, many Central Americans head to the United States for better opportunities. They come from impoverished towns, some rife with gang violence and high crime rates. But on their journey north, hundreds of these migrants become targets for gangs, organized crime and even police.
A trillion dollars' worth of heavy crude oil has attracted the world's oil titans to western Canada — and they're making a mess. The World and GlobalPost's GroundTruth Project head to the skies for a look at the sweeping impact of oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands.
Airlines have been criticized for flying over Ukraine — now they're being criticized for halting flights to Israel. Who decides where it's safe to fly? Pilot Patrick Smith says it's a multi-layered process.
The Obama Administration recently announced a ban on land mine production, but still will not sign the Ottawa Agreement, an international agreement banning the use of land mines. One of the treaty architects, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, says pressure is rising for the US to join the 161 nations that have signed the treaty.