We talk about "climate refugees" all the time. But they don't exist. In fact, those displaced by climate change have no special protections under international law. But that may be changing.
Time Magazine honored journalists with its Person of the Year award. The list of journalists include Maria Ressa, founder of the investigative Rappler Media in the Philippines. Ressa and Rappler have been covering extrajudicial killings in the country, part of President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs.
Krakow, Poland, has some of the worst air quality it Europe. It's normal for people to check apps for particulate matter before they go outside and activists say this needs to change.
The US has two trade deficits: money and pests. A Congressional amendment would add some safeguards to clamp down on non-indigenous insects that are killing American trees.
Under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone is entitled to a healthy, adequate standard of living. But from the start, there was a tension within US politics about whether America would submit to international justice.
Under the Trump administration, America is closing its doors to refugees. US refugee caps have been steadily slashed from 110,000 a year under the Obama administration to 30,000 next year. That would be the lowest number of refugees admitted since 1980.
After nearly two decades of war, prospects for peace talks have been gaining momentum in Afghanistan. This has created a sense of optimism and anxiety among some Afghans.
A prisoner swap, agreed to by opposing sides in the Yemen war, may be just a confidence-building measure. But for one former detainee, the UN-brokered measure is a significant step toward eventual peace in Yemen.