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China’s ‘Left-Behind Girls’ Learn Self-Protection

A normally quiet second-grade student, Yuan Yuan* suffers from a mild mental disorder that impacts her ability to learn and communicate. Her father, also mentally disabled, left her several years ago to find work in the city and his family hasn’t heard from him since. Unable to support the family, her mother also left and never returned.

Mothers Light Up Homes in Rural Tanzania

“My mother used to just stay at home, now she has come back and is an engineer and a leader. She is on the Village Energy Committee,” said a 10-year-old girl from the village of Chekeleni, in Tanzania’s southeastern Mtwara district.


The Evolution of Climate Legislation in Three Infographs

The global canon of climate legislation has undergone significant changes over the last four decades. These changes in recent years have included a growing body of signature laws and initiatives spearheaded by countries in the global South, many of which are disproportionally affected by decades of uncurbed global environmental degradation and greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Legislation Over the Last 10 Years

Climate Legislation   in the last decade | Create Infographics
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UAE Diplomatic Offensive in Latin America

The visit by United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru brings to an end 10 days of unusually intense diplomatic activity by the Gulf nation in Latin America.





Relentless Violence Against Children in Central African Republic an Affront to Humanity, Says UNICEF

More than half a million people have been displaced so far by the conflict in the Central African Republic, and latest reports show that an average of three people every hour have been killed in fighting during the last two weeks alone, says the UN children’s agency UNICEF.




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