The European Union is debating how best to handle the issue of conflict minerals. International Crisis Group says it should not merely follow in the United States' footsteps, but go further.
The Gilad Shalit exchange means a great deal for the released prisoners and their families. But in the larger picture, it won't bring much change.
Colombia used to be the world's kidnapping capital, but those numbers have decreased over the last decade. The kidnapping of 10-year-old Nhora Valentina Munoz was a reminder of a darker past.
China: toddler run over by two cars is in the hospital. Some 18 people passed by her before a trash collector stopped to help, sparking intense debate over morality.
Military service is obligatory in Chile, but volunteers usually fill the ranks. Student protests this year have hurt recruitment, but the number of call-ups is higher than what the military says it needs.
Tony Marren founded Operation Just One Can to make it easy for Americans to get involved in solving the problem of hunger in the United States.
The number of 'narco-refugees,' Mexicans trying to escape drug violence by seeking asylum in the US, increased almost 50-fold from 2006 to 2008.
Now that Gilad Shalit is back in Israel and the Palestinian prisoners have been released, Israelis weigh the potential cost of the deal and Palestinians examine how it shifts the Hamas-Fatah split.
Because of generous subsidies, Venezuelans enjoy the cheapest gas in the world. So why is the state oil company giving gasoline to gas stations for free?
Based in Zambia, Zambikes employs and empowers Africans to manufacture bicycles locally, including some made from bamboo.