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What it’s like to be a rice farmer
Are those picturesque paddies a bucolic paradise, or a muddy, parasite-laden hell?
The truth about the Lima climate deal
Analysis: Some negotiators were jubilant. Many environmentalists were furious. What does the draft agreement reached by the UN climate talks actually mean?
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.
Raul Castro to Obama: Thanks, Barack. Now end the sanctions
Cuban leader says his people want better relations with the US but won’t compromise their independence.
The ruble just crashed, but some Russians are kind of OK with it
For now, at least. Here's why.
Is Europe cursed by hard times?
EU leaders are struggling to find an escape route from ongoing economic stagnation.
Obama just sanctioned Venezuela. Here's what he needs to consider
Analysis: The US president imposed sanctions on Venezuelan government officials. He needs to take these not-so-small issues into account.
Lima climate talks fall short, making 2015 breakthrough less likely
The meeting ended with a far more modest agenda than many had hoped for.
17 dead, scores missing as landslide destroys Indonesian village
Rescuers used their bare hands to search through the mud for scores of missing.
Meet 3 people who need a climate change solution right now
At this week's UN 'COP20' conference in Lima, here's what citizens from the front lines of the global climate crisis had to say.
Europe's 'supergrid' ambitions show how hard it is to shift to renewable energy
As international negotiators in Lima struggle to set emissions targets, battles in the EU are highlighting trouble ahead for the next phase of tackling climate change.
The BBC switched to robotic cameras to save money. Maybe that wasn’t a good idea (VIDEO)
But it is hilarious.
Homes flattened as typhoon roars through Philippines
Around 80 percent of homes were destroyed in the coastal villages of Dolores, on Samar island, where Typhoon Hagupit first made landfall.
Typhoon Hagupit smashes into Philippines
Terrifying winds and intense rain pounded the eastern Philippines Saturday.
A year after Mandela's death, South Africans are literally in the dark
They also haven't gotten their mail for 4 months. But those are symptoms of bigger problems.
Here's what's next for Hong Kong's embattled democracy movement
Protest leaders seek to keep pressure on the government, without alienating a weary public.
Vladimir Putin to the West: My problems are all your fault
How dare you blame Russia for its own aggressive policies?
Red Light Jihad: Thailand’s new breed of Facebook jihadis
An increasingly extreme Islamic insurgency surfaces from the shadows to taunt its prey.
Red Light Jihad: Islamic insurgency in Thailand’s strangest party town
A holy war in the city where Muslims indulge in sleaze forbidden back home.
The world's largest-ever generation sees burden and opportunity
A new report by the United Nations says that up to 60 percent of young people in developing regions are not working or in school. And how well countries accommodate their youth will be the bellwether for success.
Latin America's posting its worst economic growth in 5 years, but it's not all bad news (CHARTS)
Some of the region's economies are still cranking, and overall the numbers will get better in 2015, a UN commission says.
Vladimir Putin’s worst nightmare may be happening right now
Is Russia’s tanking economy making its leader vulnerable?
Switzerland considers a gold rush
A referendum requiring the central bank to hoard gold may spell more trouble for the euro zone.
It ain't easy being green in the world's most polluted city
But it is possible to grow your own produce and eat organic despite toxic air and water.
Indonesia’s new male birth control pill is ‘99 percent effective’
Tests show it works as well as women’s birth control pills, with far fewer nasty side effects.
A tale of two towns illustrates Spaniards’ struggle to survive
With many in Spain still struggling with economic crisis, some officials are seeking to attract foreigners and their money. But in trying to stay alive, do settlements risk selling their souls?
The head of world's biggest economic bloc faces calls to resign
Just days into his tenure as president of the European Commission, document leaks put Jean-Claude Juncker in the hot seat.
How to foil spies in the Snowden era
From typewriters to quantum cryptography, governments are exploring old and new ways of keeping information secret.
Brazil's rich and powerful may no longer be above the law
The country's first trial for insider trading and a major investigation at Petrobras oil company could change Latin America's powerhouse forever.
Our love for things that cause climate change could mean the end of life with chocolate
The wake-up call we probably needed.
Indonesia subjects female police applicants to virginity tests
Young women are forced to undress in front of others. Fingers are 'inserted.'