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  • The world in 2011: Trends and events to watch in every region

    The world in 2011: Trends and events to watch in every region

    Monitor staff writers and correspondents in each of the world's regions share what they expect to be top headlines in 2011.

  • Mysterious X Woman finds place on humans' family tree

    Mysterious X Woman finds place on humans' family tree

    Genetic research shows her branch contributed to gene pool of today's Melanesians, who live on a broad arc of Pacific islands. X Woman is helping researchers grasp ancient migration patterns.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day: 12/22

    Druids, led by Arthur Pendragon, leave Stonehenge near Amesbury, England, after taking part in the winter solstice on Dec. 22. Built between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge is one of the world's most recognizable sites.

  • World Toilet Day: Top 10 nations lacking toilets

    World Toilet Day: Top 10 nations lacking toilets

    See a lot of people squatting in the open today? Don't be offended. The so-called "big squat" was held worldwide to coincide with the 10th annual World Toilet Day, an initiative to bring awareness to the need for adequate sanitary facilities. Every day, some 1.1 billion people go to the bathroom without any type of toilet, according to the World Health Organization. And even with a toilet, facilities are not necessarily sanitary. WaterAid America estimates that roughly 2.5 billion people – nearly 40 percent of the global population – do their business unsafely, often in public spaces. World Toilet Day is organized by the Singapore-based World Toilet Organization, which has 235 member organizations in 58 countries "working toward eliminating the toilet taboo and delivering sustainable sanitation." Here's a list of the world's worst nations in terms of people lacking access to sanitary facilities.

  • Why 300 million more people are suddenly poor

    Why 300 million more people are suddenly poor

    A United Nations index takes a multidimensional look at poverty and finds spikes from 'rising tiger' India to Hungary.

  • Audrey Hepburn stamps fetch $606,000 for charity

    Audrey Hepburn stamps fetch $606,000 for charity

    A set of 10 Audrey Hepburn stamps from a canceled 2001 German postal service campaign sold for $606,000, Saturday. The funds will go towards Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, and one-third to UNICEF Germany.

  • Africa's food security is less threatened than many fear

    Africa Monitor Africa's food security is less threatened than many fear

    Food security is a concern in Africa, but Africans are better able to adapt their agricultural methods to the threat than many are acknowledging.

  • Global Gender Gap Index: Iceland tops, France drops, and US breaks into top 20

    Global News Blog Global Gender Gap Index: Iceland tops, France drops, and US breaks into top 20

    Iceland is No. 1 and Yemen is ranked last in the World Economic Forum's 2010 Global Gender Gap Index, which measures gender equality.

  • Top 10 countries for women: Global Gender Gap Index 2010

    The World Economic Forum released its 2010 Global Gender Gap Report on Tuesday. The report, which indexed 134 countries this year, evaluates how much of the gender gap each country has eliminated through economic opportunity, health access, education, and political empowerment. Below are the 10 countries that have been most successful. You can also read more about this year's report at our Global News blog.

  • Global Hunger Index top 10: Which nations have reduced hunger most?

    Global Hunger Index top 10: Which nations have reduced hunger most?

    The Global Hunger Index, released Monday, shows progress against hunger in South Asia and Latin America. But the world needs to focus on childhood nutrition for this to continue.