Over the weekend, seven children were killed in a house fire in Brooklyn, New York. It was devastating tragedy for the large Orthodox Jewish family and community. The fire was sparked supposedly by a hot plate left on for the family's Sabbath meal. Cooking is forbidden during the Sabbath, as it is considered work. Which leads to widespread use of hot plates.
It took decades of tragedies and illnesses, and a trip to see UN officials, but a retired teacher in the small town of Norco, Louisiana persuaded Shell Oil to relocate the residents of her neighborhood away from a dangerous chemical plant. Now her example may help other local activists do the same.
She rarely thought about air pollution. Then her kid had a tumor. Her direct, personal documentary has become a phenomenon in China, with 200 million video views in less than a week. And then authorities clamped down.
Mark Lippert, the US Ambassador to South Korea, was attacked early Thursday by a South Korean man wielding a 10-inch knife. The ambassador has only been in office since November, but analysts are speculating the attacker might have been prompted by half a century of grievances with the US.
UNICEF reports that Nepal is among the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage — and its location in South Asia places it in the region with the most child marriages in the world. But the Nepalese government and local NGOs have been working together over the past few years to end the practice once and for all.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gambled big on national security in Israel's upcoming election, saying only he and his party could keep Israel safe from Iran and terrorist groups. But the gamble seems to have backfired as Israeli voters look more concerned about economic matters.
Mexico's popular radio host, Carmen Aristegui, was fired by MVS Radio in Mexico City. The station says the popular journalist was using their brand without permission, but many Mexicans suspect she was pushed out by a government embarrassed by her reporting.
Former Defense Department official Michèle Flournoy says a new government should give Afghans reasons to be hopeful about their country's future. And Omar Sharifi, an Afghan graduate student in the US, is on board.
The US military has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion for allegedly leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009. It's one of the only high-profile cases of the crime in recent decades, but it's far from rare in the US military.
A major offensive against ISIS forces is under way in Iraq, and the Iraqi army is getting plenty of support from Iran and its Iraqi Shiite allies. One country that isn't getting involved, however, is the United States.
Twenty years ago, global leaders gathered in Beijing to discuss the status of women worldwide. Today, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the former vice president of South Africa, now heads the UN agency tasked with tackling gender equality issues. She says, despite some progress, women still have a long way to go in the struggle for equality.
In the southern part of Ethiopia, abducting children and forcing them into marriage is still a common practice. But advocates have found a unique way to change public opinion about this tradition: making and screening the award-winning film, Difret.
Exit polls from the latest Israeli election show Arab parties winning an historic number of seats in Israel's parliament. But it's still far from certain whether the unified Joint List will wield meaningful power under a new government.
A practice that often goes along with child marriage is female genital mutilation — the tradition of cutting a girl's clitoris before she marries. It's estimated that 125 million women and girls have had that done to them. And advocates say you can’t address child marriage without addressing this practice.
First Person: Going to ridiculous lengths to see the British band that made "Lola" and "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" and would become a favorite of directors such as Wes Anderson. A thief, a scalper and a likely mobster are involved.
This week, General Motors and Ford will introduce new versions of luxury sedans that are designed with China's luxury consumers in mind. From tricked-out back seats to super high-end amenities like champagne holders, the American companies are betting that Chinese growth is the future.