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This animation shows you why cluster bombs are so devastating to civilians
The US once dropped explosives in Afghanistan that, before detonation, looked an awful lot like humanitarian rations. Here's why they're still a problem there and beyond.
Surveying the unknown: Mozambique's epic struggle to free itself of landmines
More than 20 years after clearance efforts began, one of the world's most heavily mined countries has become something of a success story.
Boko Haram 'seizes military base' in Nigeria raids
Local residents reported that the gunmen killed several people, burnt hundreds of homes and looted scores of businesses.
Boko Haram seizes 40 boys, men in northern Nigeria
Scores of Boko Haram militants stormed the Malari village around 8:00 pm and whisked away the males, aged between 10 and 23, into the nearby Sambisa forest.
Cold War stockpiles: The US pays to turn Ukraine's deadly landmines to dust
The US has dropped millions of landmines during recent world conflicts. It's also spent billions of dollars cleaning them up.
Pakistani boat laden with explosives blows up off Indian coast, India says
Indian intelligence said the crew was planning 'an illicit transaction' when the vessel was intercepted on New Year's Eve.
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The devastating legacy of unexploded US ordnance in Iraq
Iraq is one of the most bombed-out places in the world, where an estimated 50 million landmines and other munitions that could detonate at any time.
The Islamic State in Afghanistan: The boogeyman under the bed
Talk — and fear — of ‘Daesh’ is growing in Afghanistan. But that doesn't mean its presence is increasing.
Some Cambodian farmers manage to reclaim their fields from landmine legacy (VIDEO)
'Cambodia is not the country that produces explosive items. We are the victims of the world.'
Meet the Yazidi family heading the fight against the Islamic State
Generations of the Shasho family have left comfortable lives in Europe to fight on the Yazidi front lines in Iraq.
Cambodians still live with the painful legacy of US 'secret war' (VIDEO)
As funding decreases for programs that serve amputees and landmine victims, some Cambodian officials are calling on Washington to pay more to fix a problem largely of its own making.
Thousands of Yazidi girls and women are still held by the Islamic State
With professional forces slow to come to their aid, young women held by IS rely on smugglers and death-defying luck to break free.
Kurdish women line up to take on the Islamic State
Kurdish women join the PKK in droves to fight the Islamic State, which has captured and enslaved up to hundreds of Yazidi women.
Kurdish group fighting Islamic State tells America: Stop calling us terrorists
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has become a de facto ally of the US in its fight against IS. Now it wants to be taken off the State Department's terror list.
Iraq Kurd chief visits Mt. Sinjar after siege broken
'We did not expect to achieve all these victories,' said Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani.
North Korea threatens 'ultra-harsh action' on US soil over hacking allegation
The North vowed to surpass the 'proportional response declared by Obama.'
Deadly Debris: The US legacy of unexploded remnants of war
The US has a spotty record of paying for cleanup in areas where its military inflicted damage.
Europe takes a harder line on migrants
The EU is moving away from saving lives, focusing instead on keeping newcomers out.
Europe finds unity on Russia
But a stress-free year-end summit can't hide the huge challenges facing the EU in 2015.
Kurdish forces claim victory over Islamic State on Iraq's Mount Sinjar
'The siege on the mountain has been lifted,' a Kurdish official told reporters.
No, Putin doesn’t know how to fix Russia’s economy
But don’t worry, he says, things will get better. Seeking to calm fears, the president blames the West for his country’s crisis.
In Greece, young migrants fight to be considered Greek
Children of Greek migrants still face a long road to full acceptance in the country they call home.
Is the UN sure it wants Mexican soldiers keeping the peace?
The Mexican army faces multiple murder allegations as it prepares to join United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Pakistan mourns 148 killed in Taliban school massacre
The assault on an army-run school is the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history.
This graphic shows how dangerous it is for children to go to school in Pakistan
Pakistan saw more than 800 attacks on schools between 2009 and 2012.
Why that Australian hostage taker was a delusional phony
News analysis: Here are Asia-Pacific’s real jihadi groups.
From Ferguson to Plymouth Rock, protests against oppressive systems unite
Americans of various ethnic backgrounds cry out against modern-day exploitation.
For child migrants in France, growing up could mean losing it all
Thousands of unaccompanied minors face unemployment and homelessness in their adopted country as they come of age.
More than 120 people, mostly children, killed in Pakistan school attack
Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the city of Peshawar, taking hundreds of students and teachers hostage in the bloodiest insurgent attack in the country in years.
Europe’s refugee asylum systems buckling under pressure
For refugees fleeing violence and oppression, reaching Europe means facing a whole new set of challenges.