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Surrogacy Storm In Thailand: A Rejected Baby, A Busy...10/23/14
Two controversial cases have put a spotlight on surrogacy in Thailand. Now the government is drafting new laws to stop abuse.
Ambushes, Mines And Booby Traps: ISIS Militants Change Tack
In northern Iraq, Kurdish fighters have won back territory from the so-called Islamic State only to lose it again. ISIS is using a range of explosives, inflicting heavy Kurdish casualties.
An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters
What began as a pro-democracy roadblock has grown into a combination street fair/art gallery, with an outdoor study hall, movie screenings, speeches and even a free library.
Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground
Haiti's once-flourishing coffee trade has been badly battered. The latest threat: climate change. Locals who still rely on coffee for their livelihood must learn to grow it in changing climes.
The Ebola Survivors Who Can't Go Home
They beat the deadly virus, but transportation back home is hard to come by. So they're living in an abandoned hospital ward, hoping someday to resume the life they had before Ebola struck.
Egality N'est Pas La Réalité: French Women Wage Online War On Sexism
When a company told one French feminist it was "sorry" she found its ad sexist, she decided to fight back. She's launched a website where users target sexist companies and people on social media.
A Montana Doctor Is Humbled By A Month Of Treating Ebola Patients
George Risi spent a month in Sierra Leone. The infectious disease specialist cared for more than 300 patients. About 100 died. Nothing could have prepared him for the experience.
Back On Its Feet, A Liberian Hospital Aims To Keep Ebola Out
JFK hospital shut down when several doctors died of Ebola. Now it's open again. And the staff is taking rigorous measures to make sure the virus doesn't make its way past the front gate.
For Italy's Gay Rights Advocates, It's 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back
Italy lags behind other EU states in guaranteeing equal rights for homosexuals. Gay couples have no legal recognition or adoption rights, and a bill that would make homophobia a crime has stalled.
With ISIS At Its Border, Turkey Can't Decide What To Do
Turkey is divided over how to respond to ISIS on its border and to Kurdish unrest within the country, making Turkey a shaky partner for the U.S.-led coalition.
Amid Tight Restrictions And Rubble, A Cement Shortage In Gaza
You're not supposed to be able to buy cement commercially in Gaza, but some is being sold illicitly. The material is crucial for replacing homes and shops destroyed in the summer war.
Indonesian Cave Paintings As Old As Europe's Ancient Art
Figures found on the walls of a prehistoric cave in Indonesia are at least 35,400 years old or more, scientists say. That might mean the earliest art developed independently in different regions.
Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks
There's a company town in Liberia with 80,000 residents. Ebola was first detected in March. Firestone's resourceful response has kept the virus from spreading.
Gambling in Macau: A Reversal of Fortune ... And Values
From a quiet backwater, the former Portuguese colony of Macau has developed a sparkling skyline and 35 casinos with revenue six times that of Las Vegas — and more on the way.
After Losing Parents To Ebola, Orphans Face Stigma
UNICEF estimates that thousands of children in West Africa have lost parents to Ebola. Convincing communities to accept and care for these children isn't always easy.
Abortion In India Is Legal Yet Women Are Still Dying
A poor woman in India has many bad choices when it comes to abortion: a do-it-yourself home treatment, an unqualified midwife, a quack medicine man. Seteng Horo was fortunate to find a safer option.
Hong Kong Protests Offer A Revelation To Mainland Chinese
Chinese mainlanders visiting Hong Kong have expressed amazement, even jealousy at the polite, civic-spirited and considerate crowds of protesters. But some on the mainland see activists as traitors.
How One Chauffeur Took Down A Corrupt Brazilian Politician
Antonio Cavalcante helped get a candidate for governor barred after showing that the politician had embezzled millions of dollars while he was a state legislator.
With Savvy And New-Age Speeches, A First Couple Runs Nicaragua
Daniel Ortega is not the bombastic revolutionary of years past. He's toned down the rhetoric and his wife runs day-to-day operations. Critics say it's not unlike the regime he toppled 30 years ago.
Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar
The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.
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