We track four people on their journey.
Caught in the crossfire of the US war on gangs
27 Dec 2013 14:25 GMT
President Barack Obama meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File
A demonstrator confronts riot police as Turkish nationalists attempt to march on Taksim Square in Istanbul on November 8, 2013.
OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
A woman looks at the street from her home in Masakn Otham, where more than one thousand Syrian families live, in the suburbs of Cairo, Egypt. Tensions between Syrians and Egyptians have been simmering.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dances to a Reggae version of "Merry Christmas" performed by Jay Douglas during a break in the council meeting in Toronto. In 2013, the mayor admitted to using crack cocaine.
AP Photo/The Canadian Press via Cooper-Toronto Star, David Cooper
Ukrainian cossaks cross themselves during a service before taking their guarding duty at the camp of the pro-EU opposition during a protest at Kiev(***)s Independence Square.
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A woman who had been hiding during the gun battle runs for cover after armed police enter the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, after gunmen threw grenades and opened fire.
AP Photo/Jonathan Kalan, File
A ferry passes the Sydney Opera House as thick smoke from bushfires blanketed the city November 2, 2013.
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina (L) talk to the media in Moscow. The musicians were released after spending two years in a Russian prison.
A worker leaves the site where a garment factory building collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh killing 1,129 people.
AP Photo/Ismail Ferdous, File
Recently retired Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar looks on during a function announcing him as a UNICEF Regional Ambassador in Mumbai on November 28, 2013.
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Severe drought in Namibia has devastated the country threatening the survival of people and animals.
Azad Essa/Al Jazeera
Lebanese security forces and firefighters gather next to destroyed vehicles at the scene of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on December 27. The blast killed several people, including Mohammed Chatah, a senior aide to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
AP Photo/Hussein Malla
West Bengal long suffered cancerous effects of arsenic-laced water, but projects to provide clean water show promise.
Health, Poverty & Development, Environment
Muslim fashion designers reflect on a rapidly growing industry.
Arts & Culture, Islam, Business & Economy
Americans' passports could be seized if they owe more than $50,000 in taxes, but could this law be unfairly applied?
Business & Economy, United States, Politics
How peat swamp destruction in Malaysia is causing devastating health problems and irreversible environmental damage.
Environment, Climate Change, Climate SOS
A couple working to protect LA communities from gang violence is caught in the crossfire of the US war on gangs.
Politics, Gang violence, US
How improving relations between communist Cuba and the capitalist US will change the lives of people on both sides.
Politics, United States, Cuba
Mayotte is a magnet for Comoros islanders who risk their lives crossing hazardous seas in search of a better life.
Poverty & Development, France, Refugees
A three-part series looking at the history of France's black community and their long struggle for recognition.
Politics, US & Canada, France