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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.
Moderate Malaysia has so many fatwas there’s a website to keep track of them
Yoga? Death Metal? Petting puppies? They’re all forbidden by Malaysia’s Islamic clerics.
North Korea threatens 'ultra-harsh action' on US soil over hacking allegation
The North vowed to surpass the 'proportional response declared by Obama.'
The churches burned after Egypt’s coup last year are still in ruins (PHOTOS)
The army promised it would help rebuild the churches destroyed and damaged by angry mobs, but parishioners are still waiting.
North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with US
North's foreign ministry said there would be 'grave consequences' if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe.
How American nuns prevailed over the Vatican
After a bitter, six-year investigation of American nuns, the Vatican has offered the olive branch.
Americans, here's what you've been missing in Cuba all this time (PHOTOS)
A new era in US-Cuba relations could see a travel ban lifted. Here are some of the sights US citizens could be visiting soon.
Malaysian court says transgender people aren’t bad Muslims, they're just mentally ill
Ruling says 'cross-dressers' have a disorder and can’t help violating Sharia law.
Nigeria's 'first female mechanic' helps young women start new lives
Nigeria’s Lady Mechanic Initiative, founded by Sandra Aguebor-Ekperouh, provides training and employment for young women. Since 2004, Sandra has trained around 700 female mechanics
You may find this Spanish Christmas tradition a little hard to stomach
Figurines depicting pooping celebrities and world leaders carry on a centuries-old tradition.
This Liberian man and his homemade guitar should be famous
Here's your daily dose of wow.
Thousands demand justice in Washington over police killings
The families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were expected among the protesters at the 'Justice For All March.'
Portugal is shaking up the wine world
In a region known for port, winemakers along the Douro Valley are taking top prizes for reds and whites.
How far can a pope go?
Francis is a change agent rivaled by few other figures in power today. Does a reform-driven pope have the power to change doctrine?
Moscow will look less like Mordor thanks to the Russian Orthodox Church
An art group’s plans to create an image of J.R.R. Tolkien’s evil Eye of Sauron on a Moscow skyscraper have offended Russia’s religious sensibilities.
In the Niger Delta, fashion helps women leave the fighting behind
Meet a few of the 200 women who have traded their weapons for vocational certificates in fashion design, beauty and food service.
Fears for 43 missing Mexican students after body identified
One of the young men was identified among charred remains found in a landfill.
As protests mount, Athens braces for the worst
For nearly a month, anarchist Nikos Romanos has been on hunger strike. Today, those in solidarity with him find fuel in protests commemorating the shooting death of another young anarchist in 2008.
As religious leaders help in Ferguson, US churches remain mostly segregated
Just 13 percent of American churches are racially mixed, an increase since the late 1990s.
Five years after ceasefire, Niger Delta's retired militants warn of new violence
Young combatants who handed their guns over to the government in 2009 say oil-soaked corruption and inequality are pushing the next generation back toward bloodshed.
It's still okay to kick guys in the crotch on British TV, just not in porn
Sex industry workers say new internet porn restrictions don't make sense.
Chinese meth bust smells a lot like ‘Breaking Bad’
Unemployed family man seized the opportunity, got busted, but ended up a folk hero.
Having an affair in Italy? You may want to avoid using WhatsApp
The popular instant messaging service is cited in nearly half of all Italian divorce proceedings.
This map shows you the countries where AIDS is the deadliest infectious disease
We mark World AIDS Day by highlighting the places where the disease is still a major killer.
Qatar court acquits US couple over daughter's death
The couple, who are of Asian descent, were initially accused of starving to death their child to sell her organs.
Shock, anger as arsonists hit a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem
The Hand-in-Hand bilingual school was a rare symbol of coexistence in a city fraught by growing friction between Jews and Palestinians.
The country hit hardest by Ebola celebrates Thanksgiving, too
As the outbreak in Liberia turned a corner earlier this month, a day for counting blessings was especially poignant.
These charts show just how bad gun violence is in the US, compared to developed peers
Ferguson's story isn't just about racial inequality in the United States — it's about guns, too.
Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look of Silence’ casts a chilling gaze at massacre survivors
The sequel to the Oscar-nominated ‘Act of Killing’ shows how mass murderers became heroes in Indonesia.
Why attacks on sacred spaces are 'always more vicious'
Last week's attack on a Jerusalem synagogue hit a particular nerve for many people of faith.
Gaia Eco-village: working with, rather than against, nature
Gaia Eco-village is an ecological community in Argentina based on the principles of permaculture.