Full story - October 19, 2018
A woman wearing a scarf over her face stands by a wall carrying a polio vaccination kit box in Pakistan
The world is at the brink of eradicating polio. A surprise polio outbreak in Israel in 2013 led researchers to look closely for the poliovirus in sewage to detect virus shed in the feces of non-paralyzed people infected with polio, what epidemiologists call the "silent circulation" of polio.
Full story - October 18, 2018
A demonstrator wears a mask at rally in Caracas, Venezuela, May 1, 2017.
Bellicose rhetoric against socialism coupled with compassion may play well with Trump’s base, but it doesn't help Venezuelans living in unprecendented turmoil.
Full story - October 17, 2018
A customer receives US notes from a teller at the Dahabshill money transfer office in Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 16, 2015.
Bills? Groceries? School fees? Many Somalis have gone cashless, opting to use their mobile phones to send and receive money instead. But one study shows that the system lacks regulations and accountability.
Full story - October 16, 2018
US President Donald Trump holds a chart of military hardware sales next to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince at the White House
The "accidental" killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi throws a harsh light on Saudi Arabia's human rights record. But US President Donald Trump hesitates to impose sanctions because it would likely hurt the US economy, further diminishing US influence in the region.
Full story - October 15, 2018
A woman wearing a blue bandana covering her face dressed in white holds her hands out to block a riot police.
Migrants do not just change their home countries financially. They also influence the way local residents think.
Full story - October 11, 2018
A nurse uses a stethoscope to listen for heart problems
Some women admit they would rather have HIV than heart disease because at least it wouldn't interfere with fertility and family planning. They often go through high-risk pregnancies and other health complications due to pressures from their communities to have children at all cost.
Full story - October 10, 2018
Large waves crash as Hurricane Michael approaches
When storms like Hurricane Michael make landfall, the first things they hit often are barrier islands — thin ribbons of sand that line the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It’s hard to imagine how these narrow strips can withstand such forces, but in fact, many of them have buffered our shores for centuries.
Full story - October 03, 2018
a ship and other debris on a beach in indonesia after a tsunami
A combination of plate tectonics in the region, the shape of the coastline, vulnerable communities and a less-than-robust early warning system all combine to make Indonesian tsunamis especially dangerous.
Full story - October 02, 2018
cows on a dairy farm in wisconsin
Canada, the US and Mexico are about to rip up the 25-year-old NAFTA and replace it with something new. Here are 3 of the biggest changes, explained.
Full story - October 01, 2018
In a Facebook post, the World Surfing League announced that women surfers will receive equal pay at all events from 2019. In the world of surfing — a sport and culture long dominated by men — this is a monumental development.