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Poachers become protectors: How tigers bounced back in an Indian park

Who knows how to fight poaching better than former poachers themselves? A program in Periyar Tiger Reserve has reduced poaching by not only policing the park, but giving former poachers an alternate economic lifeline. 

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
As Colombians head to polls, peace is still a work in progress

Voters want to move Colombia ahead after decades of conflict. But that also means looking back at its peace deal and choosing between two visions for how to implement it before violence flares again.

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
Trudeau in Europe? Leftist governments find footing in Spain and Portugal

As much of the European south strikes a dour tone on economic and migration woes, Spain and Portugal test a new vision for open, socialist government in Europe.

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
Local and sustainably caught seafood? Maybe not.

An Associated Press investigation of the national distributor Sea To Table revealed no guarantee of the distributor's promise for wild, domestic, and traceable seafood, and followed its supply chain back to migrant fishermen working in slave-like conditions. 

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
In Switzerland, giving children a say in life-changing decisions

Switzerland has made a strong international commitment to defending the rights of its children. And one group is committed to making sure the country abides by that promise. 

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
Tomato workers fight exploitation by making their own sauce in Apulia

In southern Italy, a region with chronic unemployment, SfruttaZero is fighting illegal practices of the agromafia that take advantage of workers all along the production chain. 

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
Online matchmaker pairs donors with charities in Greece

Desmos’s platform has connected donations – from computers to playground equipment – to hundreds of organizations, and has also launched a service for employers and job-seekers. Five women launched the nonprofit during the Greek debt crisis. 

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
After dead-end jobs, promise of a future for migrant workers in Taiwan

Taiwan is home to almost 600,000 low-skilled workers from Southeast Asia, who often face isolation and don't learn transferable skills. The One-Forty Foundation helps workers adapt and prepare for better careers in Taiwan or their home countries.

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
One company's plan to create affordable green housing in Nigeria

Founded by Chinwe Ohajuruka, The Comprehensive Design Service aims to provide simple, sustainable housing to people in Nigeria who otherwise could not afford home ownership due to high building costs and a rapidly expanding urban population.

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
In Morocco, women find a recipe for success and gainful employment

Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald founded the Amal for the Culinary Arts association in Marrakesh, Morocco, to train women in professional skills to enter the restaurant industry. The program has been so successful it has trouble keeping up with demands for its trainees.

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
How one Madagascar program grooms young entrepreneurs, leaders

The Young Women Leadership Program has been creating entrepreneurial opportunities for young women across Madagascar since 2014. It gives them the confidence, leadership, and practical skills to build businesses of their own. 

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
In rural West Africa, gardening offers women a way out of poverty

In Burkina Faso, the nonprofit organization La Saisonnière empowers rural women by teaching them skills like carpentry, sewing, and organic farming, which helps them contribute to their children's education and provide for their families. 

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
Turkey elections: why Erdoğan and his party are suddenly vulnerable

Perhaps it's inevitable that even the most popular strongman loses his appeal. President Erdoğan chose early elections, but Turks are starting to signal they've had enough of one-man rule.

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
After asylum limits, some ask: Does 'gang violence' need a new name?

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that domestic abuse and gang violence cannot be considered grounds for asylum. 

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
Why the happiest countries are not always the wealthiest ones

Finland ranked No. 1 in the 2018 World Happiness Report for its citizens' healthy work-life balance and trust in its national systems. Increasingly, in almost every facet of society – from policymakers to businesses to schools – more people are looking to well-being as an indicator of progress.

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
Meanwhile in ... Cambodia, 'hero rats' are helping with mine clearance

And in Zambia’s Eastern province, local women are turning snare traps into jewelry.

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
As World Cup kicks off, Russia aims to prove a world-class host again

The world's most popular single sporting event starts Thursday, but it's more than just a game for Russia. It's an opportunity to bolster infrastructure, stir national pride, and spotlight Russian modernity.

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
Gay Kenyans hope for legal win, eyeing broader shift in Africa

Gay sex is criminalized in more than 30 African countries today. But Kenyan LGBT activists hope they're on the verge of a legal victory that could spark change by pointing to growing acceptance within Africa, not just outside it. 

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
More lawmakers agree: feminine hygiene products should be free for prisoners

The lack of access to menstrual products for female inmates is being addressed across more US states. It's been a largely overlooked issue, advocates say, despite the fact that women are the fastest growing demographic of the prison population.

06/18/2018 01:20 PM
US-North Korea summit draws attention toward South Korean involvement

South Korean president Moon Jae-in's role in brokering the first ever US-North Korea summit drew strong criticism from South Korean conservatives who fear Kim Jong-un's nuclear ambitions. But others say the summit will help to ease regional tensions. 

06/18/2018 01:20 PM