We track four people on their journey.
Caught in the crossfire of the US war on gangs
23 Oct 2010 14:03 GMT | Politics, Middle East, Iraq
Blackwater, the private security firm now known as Xe Services, has acquired a controversial reputation in recent years for playing a largely unregulated, mercenary role as the US' former guard of choice in Iraq and other countries.
The group operated under a $465m contract in Iraq and became infamous for a September 2007 shooting in Baghdad's Nissour Square that left 17 civilians dead. Five Blackwater guards were charged with murder, though a judge in January dismissed the case for prosecutorial misconduct.
The WikiLeaks Iraq war files reveal 14 other incidents in which Blackwater guards opened fire on civilians, killing 10 and wounding seven.
Source: Al Jazeera
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
Suspect and 73 other passengers meant to board Turkish Airlines flight, which was cancelled, Daallo Airlines chief says.
Somalia, Djibouti, Aviation, Turkey, Africa
Israeli PM announces bill to remove lawmakers from Knesset over visits to relatives of alleged Palestinian attackers.
Politics, Human Rights, Middle East, Israel, Palestine
South Koreans drink twice as much liquor as Russians, but is this national obsession with alcohol reversible?
Health, Asia, South Korea
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