Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, in the 1980s a socialist firebrand antagonist to Ronald Reagan, today touts a surprising free-market line.
Journalist Nick Miroff and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla discuss the biggest threat to this tranquil Central American nation: the encroaching drug cartels.
Colombia's gold rush pits local subsistence miners against large corporate interests, criminal gangs and the police.
Honduras recorded 82.1 killings per 100,000 residents in 2010, making it the most violent country in the world. The violent surge is attributed to increasing transnational drug trade in the region and police corruption.
In Nepal, activist groups are working with the government to keep young women in school by helping them avoid early marriage.
Child marriages are common in Nepal, particularly among the poor. But the practice carries with it devastating consequences for young girls’ health and well-being.
The uninhabited coral cays, long coastline and thick jungles that draw tourists to Belize also appeal to drug smugglers. Belize's borders are porous and its security forces are minuscule.
Growing up in a small village in northeastern India, Hasina Khatun spent her days helping her aunt around the house and playing with her siblings. She did not drop out of school; she never started. Hasina began menstruating at the age of 13 and soon after her aunt, who raised her after her mother died, told her it was time to get married. Hasina did not understand what her aunt meant, or that her life was about to change dramatically.
Yemen is the most gorgeous place you'll probably never visit.
In the north and east, the walled-cities of Sana'a and Shibam, both UNESCO Heritage sites, rise up out of the desert, all filigree and engraved ornamentation, like weathered wedding cakes, and in the west and south, the ancient port cities of Zabid and Aden, craggy and timeless, look out over an expanse of white sand beaches, shimmering turquoise water and an exposition of sea life that would make even a hardened diver swoon.
A failed suicide attack on the British ambassador's convoy Monday morning shattered windows, terrified passersby and left debris and broken glass scattered on the sidewalks of the capital.
Only the bomber was killed and damage was minimal, but the incident seemed to demonstrate the continued strength of Al Qaeda in Yemen despite American and Yemeni counterterrorism efforts.
SANAA, Yemen — On the streets of Sanaa, an angry crowd gathers around a gas delivery truck. Children run down the alleyways rolling gas canisters in front of them, men wave their money at the deliverymen and veiled women who have been standing in line for hours shake their heads in exasperation.
Perhaps it was the spandex shorts.
When a group of about 200 young people gathered to watch two-dozen or so foreigners rollerblading their way down the road, joint pads and shiny black helmets glinting in the afternoon sun — and yes, an occasional glimpse of spandex — the looks on Yemeni faces ranged from delighted to quizzical to astonished.
Of course, given the group — students and the disabled — had been bussed into the capital for the occasion, there was much cheering and waving of Yemeni flags, too.