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Oct 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.

Aug 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.

Jan 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.

Sep 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…

Jan 15, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Doctors practice wearing protective clothing at the Ebola Training Academy in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ebola Virus

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed thousands and spurred efforts to improve responses to pandemics.

Oct 5, 2016

Trade
Workers load containers onto trucks from a cargo ship at a port in Jaragua do Sul, 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.

Aug 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.

Apr 24, 2015

Nicaragua
A fisherman casts a fishing net at Lake Cocibolca in Rivas, Nicaragua. Nicaragua’s Grand Canal

Nicaragua’s proposed Grand Canal would be one of the world’s largest engineering projects. Its proponents say it could transform the country’s economy, while critics say it could be an environmental …

Aug 28, 2014

Americas
Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. The U.S. Child Migrant Influx

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, are arriving in the United States illegally, adding severe stress to an immigration system already in need of a major overhaul…

Aug 31, 2015

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.