America's Filipino population is among the fastest growing ethnic groups in the country. That's particularly the case in swing state Nevada, which could give them great impact on upcoming elections. But divisions among the community may prevent them from achieving that political influence.
Officials and advocates say that Europe and the United States should use the seemingly successful Myanmar elections as a reason to justify a broad rollback of the sanctions that have been levied against the southeast Asian nation for decades.
In Swaziland, the strained relationship between religious leaders and public health officials is improving, if slightly. The two groups are trying to work together more as the country battles an HIV infection rate among adults that may be as high as 25 percent.
Sunday's elections in Myanmar mark the end of the beginning of a time of fundamental change for that nation's democratic activists. No longer confined to the margins, some organizations are wondering there's still a rationale for their existence.
Recent attention and criticism of Liberia's cultural practice of female genital cutting may have had a positive impact. Or, at the very least, something has changed. A group of female traditional leaders announced what amounts to a four-year suspension of the practice -- and the government is trying to make that suspension permanent.
American women playing basketball can make a few bucks in the WNBA. But more and more, the elite women in the WNBA are spending the league's off-season overseas, competing in Russia to make a few extra dollars while they're still in prime playing shape.
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that a settlement outpost that was constructed illegally must be evacuated this year, and not on a timeline that could keep people there though 2015. That could mean some 100 other illegal outposts will have to evacuated, and soon.
In the United States, it's pretty easy to find Mexican mangoes on store shelves. But many say they're nowhere near as good as Pakistani mangoes. Now there's an effort to increase Pakistani mango imports to the United States, but there have been snags.
The leaders of a military coup in Mali have issued a new constitution for the country while thousands of their supporters rally in the capital Bamako and protest foreign interference.
Genetic tests allow doctors to diagnose disease and patients to glimpse their medical future, but the knowledge of what's in your DNA doesn't always help. One English man discovered that the tests didn't change his life -- and in fact left him with a tough question.

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