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Boat refugees to Italian government: 'Sorry if we failed to die at sea'

An unprecedented number of Eritreans are escaping one of the most terrifying regimes in the world, then finding little sympathy in Italy.
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A woman demonstrates in front of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the Montecitorio Palace, to protest against human rights violations and call for democracy in Eritrea in October 2013. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

ROME — On a recent morning, a group of roughly 40 men and women from Eritrea gather in Rome’s central Piazza della Repubblica to ask the government for help. After struggling for over a year to find a job, shelter and assistance navigating an immigration system that has broken under the weight of record boat migrant landings and bureaucratic mismanagement, it has come to this.


How ISIS is tearing up the century-old map of the Middle East

As it captures key Iraqi territory, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is undoing the WWI-era Sykes-Picot Agreement.
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People have their passports processed at a checkpoint next to a temporary displacement camp on June 13, 2014 in Kalak, Iraq. Thousands of people have fled Iraq's second city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. (Dan Kitwood/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS — Nearly 100 years ago, when the world was in the throes of war, a secret Anglo-French document called the Sykes-Picot Agreement casually and carelessly divided up the Middle East among colonial powers.

It might sound like one of those obscure historical references you’ve long forgotten from a high school history class lesson on World War I.


Kosovo's 'House of Cards,' 15 years after liberation

Hashim Thaci, once called 'the George Washington of Kosovo,' won the parliamentary election amid accusations of war crimes.
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Supporters of the Democratic League of Kosovo and its coalition take to the streets of Pristina, Kosovo on June 10, 2014 to support a constitutional attempt to disallow Hashim Thaci from becoming prime minister after his coalition won parliamentary elections. The matter has been referred to the courts to determine how a new government will be formed. (Ron Haviv/VII/GlobalPost)

PRISTINA, Kosovo — There were no big parades, no visible celebrations and hardly a public mention of the fact that Thursday marked the 15th anniversary of the Day of Liberation here.

It was June 12, 1999 when NATO troops rolled into this city after pushing back the Serbian army and local Serb paramilitary units’ campaign of intimidation, killing and ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the majority ethnic Albanians in what became a dark, closing chapter of the Balkan wars of the 1990s.


After a century of conflict, searching for peace in Bosnia

Gavrilo Princip's assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand one hundred years ago touched off World War I — and generations of ethnically driven conflict.
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Participants in "Peace Event Sarajevo 2014,” an international gathering of peace activists brought together 1,000 delegates from around the world from June 6 to 9. (Ron Haviv/VII/GlobalPost)

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — The footsteps of the assassin are marked near the bridge here where a 19-year-old Serbian nationalist pulled the trigger on a small revolver that killed the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie.

It was 100 years ago, on the morning of Sunday, June 28, 1914, that this event lit a fuse that ultimately exploded into the First World War, mobilizing 65 million troops to battle, leaving three empires in collapse and claiming the lives of 20 million soldiers and civilians.


These are the best and worst countries for young people to find jobs (INFOGRAPHIC)

Young people comprise 40 percent of the world's unemployed. Here are the countries with the world's highest (and lowest) youth unemployment rates.
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(Emily Judem/GlobalPost)

BOSTON — Alberto Vazquez, 24, watches idly from his small coastal Spanish town as the days go by. He surfs and plays online poker to pass the time. Loveday Ijomanta, 26, graduated from the University of Abuja with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2011.


What Pope Francis saw in Bethlehem

Analysis: Israeli walls, Jewish settlers and Hamas all pose threats to Palestinian Christians, driving increased migration.
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Palestinian spray graffiti on an Israeli army watchtower which makes up a section of the controversial Israeli separation barrier on May 24, 2014 in the West Bank's Biblical town of Bethlehem, where Pope Francis will celebrate a Sunday Mass. (Musa Al-Shaer/AFP/Getty Images)

When Pope Francis arrived in Bethlehem to preside over a Sunday Mass in Manger Square, he followed in the footsteps of religious pilgrims through the centuries who’ve sought to physically and spiritually connect with the place where tradition holds that Jesus was born and where the Christian faith began.

But the Palestinian Christians who are not tourists or pilgrims but actually live in Bethlehem and Jerusalem as well as villages throughout the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza are a small and steadily diminishing minority.


For some members of Generation TBD, finding a job is a distant dream (VIDEO)

With youth unemployment at disturbingly high levels around the world, a team of 21 young journalists fans out across 11 countries to find out what's going on.
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(Juan Herrero/Natalie Keyssar/Emily Judem/GlobalPost)

Editor’s note: On Wednesday, May 28, The GroundTruth Project launched a Special Report on the global youth unemployment crisis, “Generation TBD,” with a multimedia dispatch from the streets of Brazil.


Generation TBD: What it means to be a 'NiNi' in Spain (VIDEO)

Diminished ambition in young people is so common here, there’s a word for it. “NiNi” is a colloquial Spanish contraction of “neither” and “nor,” referring to youth who are neither studying nor employed.
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Alberto Vazquez, 24, is a member of Spain’s so-called “lost” generation. (Juan Herrero/GlobalPost)

Editor's note: This story is part of a GroundTruth project we call "Generation TBD," a year-long effort that brings together media, technology, education and humanitarian partners for an authoritative, global exploration of the youth unemployment crisis. Video by Juan Herrero.


Generation TBD: Filipino youth struggle despite their country's rising economy

GroundTruth fellow Coleen Jose returns to her home country, The Philippines, to report on young people's entrepreneurial, creative solutions to high unemployment rates.
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Katrina Abuhajim looks for her family's tent in a sports complex now home to more than 10,000 people displaced by armed conflict. (Coleen Jose/GlobalPost)

Editor's note: This story is part of a GroundTruth project we call "Generation TBD," a year-long effort that brings together media, technology, education and humanitarian partners for an authoritative, global exploration of the youth unemployment crisis.


Nigeria's kidnapped generation

As the world appeals to Boko Haram for the release of more than 270 schoolgirls, millions of young Nigerians are growing up without a future.
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Women hold banners during a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom, in Abuja on April 30, 2014. Nigerian protesters marched on parliament today to demand the government and military do more to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. (Philip Ojisua/AFP/Getty Images)

Editor's note: This story is part of a GroundTruth project we call "Generation TBD," a year-long effort that brings together media, technology, education and humanitarian partners for an authoritative, global exploration of the youth unemployment crisis.

ABUJA, Nigeria – The world’s media has turned its gaze to Nigeria with the kidnapping of more than 270 girls from a boarding school last month.