Yulia Simonova is a 30-year-old disability advocate in Russia. She's used a wheelchair since she was 10 years old. She says she sees a lot of changes in Russia since then. For one thing, people with disabilities are more visible.
The Cannes Film Festival delivered its top prize to a lesbian romance, "Blue is the Warmest Color" by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche. This past Sunday, about 150,000 people marched on the streets of Paris to protest the new gay-marriage law.
In a little more than a year, Brazil will host the World Cup of Soccer. But while the Brazilian men's soccer players will continue to be celebrated, it has long been a different story for the other half of the population.
In Turkey, Kurdish culture is having something of a Renaissance. Public expressions of Kurdish culture are now legal. Now a new cultural center has opened for traditional Kurdish story-tellers to practice their ancient art.
Samer Issawi had been on a hunger strike for more than 200 days while in an Israeli prison. Issawi is one of the nearly 5,000 Palestinians being jailed in Israeli prisons for various charges. The World's Matthew Bell reports.
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