Pope Francis brought a "Mercy and Compassion" theme to the Philippines during his five-day visit. But despite the huge crowds that flocked to see the pontiff and celebrate Mass, activists say real issues of social justice were hidden from Francis by the government.
When Shyima Hall was little, dinner was often a piece of bread split with three of her siblings. But she says she was happy. All that changed when her mom left her with a rich family, gave her up, to pay off a debt.
In September of 2013, a high court in the Dominican Republic ruled that Dominicans with an immigrant ancestor who came without legal papers are no longer automatically citizens — even if they were born in the country. It's a controversial decision that is creating arguments in the country and outside.
The Roma minority face marginalization and exclusion across Europe, but activists say the situation for Slovakian Roma is among the worst. One school is taking on the task of integrating some of the once-segregated Roma children into classes.
Obama's health care turkey requires some heavy lifting this season. We look at immigrants, both those puzzling over US traditions and one just passing through from the Oort Cloud. And North Koreans may have a new export for the US, albeit an illegal one. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
Ronald Aldana had a choice. Stay in Guatemala and be hunted down by gangs, or flee to the United States and try to make a new life. He chose to come to the United States. He applied for asylum, received it and has started a new life.
A group of rural Guatemalans want justice for what they say are the misdeeds of a Canadian mining company. Fearing they won't get it in their own country, they've traveled to Toronto to try and get it.
A European court last week gave some measure of justice to a a German man who was mistakenly believed to be an al-Qaeda terrorist, then kidnapped and tortured, supposedly at the behest of the U.S. government. But U.S. officials remain silent about the case.
After the Gulf War, sanctions prohibited Americans from sending money to Iraq. Iraqi-American Shakir Hamoodi broke those rules, however, when he found out his family in Iraq had miscarried, because they couldn't afford $10 antibiotics. Now he's in jail — almost 20 years after the fact.
Demonstrators across India are taking protesting a level of violence against women that has become both tolerated and common in that country. They came out in support of a rape victim, who subsequently died of her injuries, and now they hope to find something good from the tragedy.
Mexico requires parents to register their children when they're born in order to get a birth certificate. It's not done automatically, like it typically is in the United States. But many of Mexico's poorest people don't bother, which can leave those children disadvantaged for life.
The rape and eventual death of a young woman in India last month has sparked hundreds of protests across that country. But it's also sparked hundreds, and more likely thousands, of conversations in this country. Especially among families with Indian heritage.
Charges have been filed against five men in the case of a horrific rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi, India. The case has awakened a national conversation about women's rights and roles in Indian society, but it remains to be seen if protests and outrage will turn into lasting change.
India has a growing problem with trafficking of young women. Oftentimes, though, these women aren't sold into prostitution, per se, but rather into forced marriages. It's a problem exacerbated by a culture that has allowed female fetuses to be aborted, leading to many more men than women.
The deadly rape in India late last year has increased awareness among immigrants in the United States about the dangers of domestic and sexual violence, activists say. But especially with immigrants, there are a number of barriers for women who choose to speak out.