Nayomi Munaweera was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Nigeria — and then fled that country for the US after a coup. Now, she's published her first novel and recounts the difficulties of learning the ins and outs of teen life in Los Angeles, including her first encounters with hairspray.
The news of a US-based case of Ebola has led to hostility against many Liberians and other Africans in the United States. But Liberian Americans are focusing on delivering aid, in many forms, to families affected by the Ebola crisis back home.
Bolivian President Evo Morales is staking his bid for a third term on improving the lot of his poorest citizens. But many of those poor Bolivians work in mines, where conditions are deadly and there's little sign that anything is set to improve.
Tens of thousands of images showing tortured and emaciated bodies were smuggled out of Syria by a former government photographer nicknamed "Caesar." Now some of the photos are being displayed at the US Holocaust Museum as a reminder of the ongoing threat of organized genocide.
In terms of sheer numbers of cases, the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the biggest ever recorded. But analysis shows that the disease is not spreading as quickly as some diseases have in the past, which gives some hope that it might soon be contained.
It’s a tale full of intrigue and danger. A Jewish group has bought 25 units in the predominately Arab area of East Jerusalem. Residents are incensed at both the Jews who occupied the homes and the Palestinians who sold the apartments. But no one is entirely sure who sold them or who bought them — or who’s moving in.
Oscar Pistorius was cleared of a murder charge last month, but found guilty of negligent homicide in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Now arguments are underway in his sentencing hearing, and the argument of Pistorius' witnesses were termed "shockingly inappropriate."
Kenya's tourism industry was just starting to recover from last year's attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi. Now it's Ebola that's scaring people away — even though the country is nowhere near the outbreak in West Africa.
US officials launched an air attack on ISIS rebels in Syria this week, making the war-torn Middle East country the seventh state — at least — to see US airstrike since 2011. Meanwhile, an African nation torn by Ebola is agreeing to halt logging in exchange for development aid. And in Iraq, the nation's Kurdish minority is looking at what it has achieved — with high hopes for its future.
Once a week, when night falls in Baghdad, young men get together to drive fast cars and do stunts. The sport is called drifting, and it’s helping some Iraqis forget about the harsh realities of their country's battle with ISIS.
In the Pacific Ocean, west and south of Hawaii, is what was until recently one of the largest marine sanctuaries on earth. Now, however, it has been expanded — to nearly six times its original size. And scientists are thrilled.
We've all seen black carbon in the form or the soot or smoke that rises from coal fires or cooking stoves. It's one of the biggest sources of greenhouse pollution on earth, and researcher Tami Bond won a MacArthur Fellowship to help chase black carbon sources around the world — and stop them.
Scientists studying penguins in the Antarctic have set up automated cameras to document the lives of the sea birds. Unfortunately, all that footage has to be categorized — and that's where you come in. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Air Force is smarting after an embarrassing blunder of reinforcing ISIS militants. And in China, the police were taking no chances with a group of ceremonial pigeons. Those stories and more, in today's Global Scan.
Muslims typically make the hajj just once in a lifetime — and it's a signature moment in their lives. So it's understandable that they would want to document the trip. But that has some religious leaders upset. Meanwhile in Russia, the government is mounting a full-court press to convince Western journalists that Russia is a good guy. Sadly, that campaign has not affected its treatment of LGBT individuals. We have those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
The International Olympic Committee finds itself with two mediocre choices to host the 2022 Winter Olympics after Oslo, Norway, decided it wouldn't be hosting. Meanwhile, women in India and Colombia are standing up and saying no to violence. In India, a special all-female police squad has been created and in Colombia, a town is preparing for a one-night curfew on all men.
The US and its allies have stepped up their airstrikes around the besieged Syrian city of Kobane. But officials in the city say they are 'not enough' to save the city from the Islamic State. Catherine James of Britain's Guardian newspaper is just across the frontier from Kobane, in Turkey.
Jennifer was once named Edward, a hard-boiled Army sergeant and career soldier in the infantry. But now that her service is done and she's transitioned to being a woman, DOD policies keep her from taking full advantage of veterans benefits unless she reveals that she has transitioned from the other gender.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to 17-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, the now-famous advocate for education, but it wasn't her prize alone. Few people know of Kailash Satyarthis, the Indian anti-child labor activist who shared the award with her.
The public television smash hit Downton Abbey is making waves again — though not because its killed off another character. It's because of one of the show's dogs. Specifically Isis. And you can probably figure out where this is going. Meanwhile, in Finland, the country's prime minister is blaming Apple for its economic problems. And France is blaming the English-speaking the world for being too politically correct. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.