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Afghan opium cultivation hits record high
Farmers grew a record 209,000 hectares of poppy in 2013, raising questions about $7.6bn US counter-narcotics efforts.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
UN officials 'shocked' by Detroit's mass water shutoffs, urging city to immediately resume service for poor residents.
Laura Gottesdiener
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
US state leads in rates of suicide, sex assault, and substance abuse, but one woman attempting to heal young hearts.
Julia O'Malley
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Joko Widodo's victory heralded as a win for grass-roots politics, but the establishment is fighting back.
Michael Pizzi
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Record-breaking heat in Brazil leaves some of Sao Paulo state's 44 million residents scrambling for clean water sources.
Legislator aims to 'put Hong Kong on the agenda' at UN's Human Rights Committee meeting in Geneva this week.
Massoud Hayoun
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.
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