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South African partnership hopes to prove text messages can save the lives of mothers and children
MAMA, a public-private partnership led by Johnson & Johnson and USAID, aims to inform pregnant women and new mothers via text messages. Despite its good intentions, the program is still proving itself.
Argentina's abortion battle pushes women into legal labyrinth (VIDEO)
With approximately 500,000 underground abortions each year, Argentina's government and the Catholic Church have created a moral paradox of immense proportions.
In South Korea, real business gets done in brothels and karaoke joints
Now, the country’s tax office is cracking down on this sleazy billion-dollar corporate write-off.
Two Ebola vaccines for health care workers expected as soon as November
A WHO expert group said on Friday that if proven safe, two Ebola vaccines could be made available to health care workers as early as November this year.
Watch these happy, singing Georgian girls and forget that whole Russian occupation thing
Take a break from geopolitical tensions and listen to this.
Saudi recognition of Shia minority’s grievances requires adjustment in government
Commentary: Gradual reform vis-à-vis women can provide roadmap for greater integration of Shia into Saudi society.
US government to its people: Stay away from these countries
In total, the State Department has travel warnings in place for 41 nations.
The faith of James Foley and Steven Sotloff
The religiosity of both journalists is inspiring many who mourn them.
UK promises Scots more powers if they say no to independence
A Sunday Times poll showed for the first time that supporters of independence had taken a lead.
Worshippers grow weary in battle over Egypt’s mosques
A fractured, more politicized Islam is leaving Egypt's young Muslims disillusioned.
How Ethiopia solved its abortion problem
A generation ago, botched abortions were the single biggest contributor to Ethiopia’s sky-high maternal mortality rate. Then, the country liberalized its abortion law.
The collective trauma of James Foley and Steven Sotloff’s deaths
Responding to the murder of journalists by terrorists.
If you only listen to one 80s Latin rock song, make it this one
Argentine musician Gustavo Cerati, who died Thursday, helped define what cool music is.
These maps show where the world’s youngest and oldest people live
Does this tell us where the next revolution will take place?
This German home improvement commercial is super goth and super adorable
So many feelings.
Tourists are pouring back to Mexican beaches after a security image facelift
Mexico is receiving record foreign visitors. It must be safe again, right?
Eating three large onions will not cure Ebola (and dispelling other myths)
Some West Africans believe Ebola strikes for spiritual reasons, rather than a medical ones. Here are the most popular false cures.
Do Zara's Holocaust PJs mean what we think they mean?
Pope Francis splits hairs on whether the US should bomb Islamic State
Francis endorses 'stopping' but not 'bombing' the militant group, invoking 'just war theory.' What is a reasonable moral limit on military violence in the face of terror?
On Location Video: The Yazidis who survived the assault on Sinjar
The Islamic State killed hundreds and kidnapped thousands when it overran the city in northern Iraq. This is the story of those who got away.
Is it cool to visit North Korea as a tourist?
Kim Jong Un’s brutal regime increasingly appeals to foreigners’ sense of fun. If you take the bait, are you abetting rights abuses?
Australia’s cuddly koalas are rapidly dying out
But a new technique — involving nose prints — may help conservationists save them.
Muslim majority must stand up against Islamic extremists
Arab intellectuals and moderate Muslims need to condemn Muslims who kill other Muslims.
China is increasingly arresting celebrities for drug use
The latest is actor Jackie Chan’s son, allegedly busted with more than 3.5 ounces of pot.
Gaza gravediggers unwittingly dig their own graves
The Israeli military has targeted both major burial grounds in Gaza a collective six times over the last week.
Why people in China are protesting the ALS #IceBucketChallenge
It's got a little something to do with the worst drought they've had in half a century.
China executes 8 for 'terror' attacks
Three were executed for 'masterminding' a suicide car crash in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 2013.
Everyone from Tibetan monks to Iran's Supreme Leader is watching Ferguson. Here's how they're reacting
The killing of Michael Brown matters to folks around the globe.
Edinburgh’s feminist revolution
A steep rise in the number of women comedians at this year’s Fringe Festival reflects changing social mores.
How polio is crippling Pakistan
The country is the worst-affected in the world, and doctors say now is the time to fight it.
Pope Francis calls the Foley family, whose faith breaks through ISIS-inflicted horror
Journalist James Foley's execution stunned the world, but his family continues to find strength in their Roman Catholic devotion.