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November 16, 2017

Global
same sex marriage Same-Sex Marriage: Global Comparisons

A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, but opposition remains strong in many countries.

September 29, 2017

Cuba
Tourists ride in a vintage car in Havana, Cuba. U.S.-Cuba Relations

The Trump administration has rolled back some of President Obama’s policies normalizing ties with Cuba.

October 5, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
A child is given an injection as part of a malaria vaccine trial at a clinic in Kilifi, Kenya. Can Malaria Be Eradicated?

A leading killer among diseases is now targeted for eradication by the middle of this century. Efforts to combat malaria are costly and challenging.

September 13, 2017

Trade
A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil. Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost Latin America’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

August 11, 2016

Americas
Geovane Silva holds his son Gustavo Henrique, who has microcephaly, at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil. The Zika Virus

The Zika virus, which has been found to cause severe birth defects, has spread across the Americas, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency.

September 6, 2017

Immigration and Migration
A U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch along the fence next to the U.S.-Mexican border in Calexico, California, February 2017. The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government, explains this Backgrounder.

August 1, 2017

Venezuela
Demonstrators rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela in Crisis

President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to consolidate power amid a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis have drawn widespread international condemnation.

January 19, 2016

Americas
Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have triggered the flow of asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

September 23, 2015

Global
Afghan Girls School Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s sweeping new development agenda aims to “provide the overarching narrative” of sustainable growth for the next fifteen years, yet critics say the Sustainable Development goals are broad, unf…

August 12, 2015

Global
A health worker administers drops of polio vaccine to children in an outskirt of the Yemeni capital Sana'a. Global Efforts to Eradicate Polio

Though polio had nearly been eradicated, the virus is on the rise amid an increase in violence against vaccine workers in conflict zones.