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Great Weekend Reads


Afghanistan still has a long way to go in the areas of maternal and child health. A new report shows that prenatal care, contraception, and delivery practices are below par in the war-torn country.



Transvestites find refuge in a small Mexican town, hackers hustle Mitt Romney for Bitcoins, Japan buys a chain of islands and the Democratic National Convention comes to a momentous close.

No matter how you cut it, it's been a big week for the world. Here's a sampling of the most important stories from GlobalPost and a look at some of the news you might have missed.

Obama: Hope and change, with a dash of bitters
Barack Obama as you’ve never seen him before.






Inside Syria: Surviving Aleppo (VIDEO)
Against all odds, a toddler survives a bomb attack that killed his entire family in Aleppo, Syria. Many more have not not been so lucky.





The 7 worst jobs in the world
And you thought your job was bad?






On Location Video: Transvestites are more than 'bienvenidos' in a Mexican town
Como se dice "out of the closet?" Locals will tell you in Juchitan, Oaxaca, a haven for open gay and transvestite men.





Cuba reform (INFOGRAPHIC)
A snapshot of Cuba's economy and reforms.






Argentina's fair trade wineries help workers weather shaky times
A collectivist system known as contratista offers upward mobility in a tough industry.






What in the world wide web is a Bitcoin?
A group of hackers are asking Mitt Romney for $1M in Bitcoins. What are they and why do they matter?





Afghan women largely lack health care, education
A report on Afghanistan backed by UNICEF shows the country still has leaps and bounds to go in the areas of maternal and child health and education.





Planet Pic: Democratic National Convention 2012 memorable moments (PHOTOS)
As the fervor surrounding the Democratic National Convention winds down, here are some memorable moments from the past week. 





Did Japan just 'buy' the Senkakus?
China is predictably upset, but Japan may have averted an even bigger diplomatic falling-out.