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The World brings you award-winning coverage of breaking news, in-depth features, hard-hitting commentaries, and thought-provoking interviews found nowhere else in US news coverage.

Marie D. de Jesus

Purvi Patel is currently serving 20 years of a 46-year prison sentence at the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis. She's unique among the 600-plus inmates, the first woman to be convicted under Indiana's feticide law for ending her own pregnancy.

Stringer/ Reuters

On Monday, September 28th, Mohammad Akhlaq, 50, died a brutal death outside his home in a village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, just 30 miles from the capital, New Delhi.

Akhlaq, a Muslim, was lynched by a Hindu mob over allegedly killing and eating a cow, which is sacred to many Hindus. His son, Danish, was attacked, too, and is now in critical condition.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin was defiant Thursday and again today — you wouldn't hear him utter the name of the gunmen believed responsible for shooting up Umpqua Community College.

He wasn't going to give him the fame that he seemed to seek.

Zeynep Tufekci, who teaches about the intersection of technology and society at the University of North Carolina, has written about how the media responds to these kind of incidents and about the need to stop inspiring copycats.

Mexico to US after Oregon shootings: You call us dangerous?

Oct 2, 2015
Steve Dipaola/REUTERS

Most of our reporting comes from a team of reporters and producers in the US.

We often find ourselves describing the violence that's happening somewhere else on the globe. Or we report on countries that we describe as much more dangerous than our own.

But today we find ourselves covering the aftermath of yet another mass shooting here in the US: at a community college in Oregon. Ten people dead — including the gunman. And so many familiar questions about warning signs and the availability of guns.

REUTERS/ Thaier al-Sudani

They are called "the forgotten layer" of the Iraqi society.

They are women who work in the sex trade. Some have chosen this work voluntarily but others have been lured in.


It turns out there is no universally beautiful face.

There are some factors, such as symmetrical facial features or clear skin, that are encoded into our genes as attractive traits.

Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

A week after the Netherlands called for a United Nations-led investigation into the killing of more than 2,000 civilians in the Yemen war, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has approved an alternate resolution.

It was written by Saudi Arabia, leader of the coalition whose air strikes, according to a UN study, have been responsible for two-thirds of civilian deaths in Yemen.

 Jeanne Carstensen 

“Please, have some tea. Do you take sugar?”

“Yes, thank you.”

“This is Syrian tea. Please, it is our pleasure.”

“Thank you.”

The Syrians I meet in the small square outside the Sinbad Restaurant in Izmir, Turkey are all fleeing an escalating war in their country they say has made it impossible for them to stay in their homes.  

What jobs are going away? What jobs will survive?

Oct 2, 2015

If you were young and thinking about your career — or even finishing high school or college — you'd want to know where you could make a living. We got a quick chance to hit up Robert Reich, former US secretary of labor, University of California Berkeley professor and author, with this question:

What sort of jobs do you see going away in the future and what sort of jobs might surprise us with their survivability or growth?

Jason Margolis

People in Vermont waking up with their morning coffee and doughnut have come to expect a certain consistency from their crullers, glazed, and maple donughts. The Koffee Kup Bakery has been operting in Burlington for 75 years. Today, the company produces 480,000 doughnuts a day at its bakery. Most of the people responsible for baking and packaging all those donughts are refugees, largely from Bhutan and Nepal. 

Indian dudes to Indian dudes: Respect women

Oct 2, 2015

What do Indian guys think about men who harass women in their country?

"Stereotypically, Indian men are known to be complete douchebags," comedian Abish Mathew told the Across Women's Lives team in Mumbai. "I — I think so too." 

Bet Bajgartova

For seven years Rachel Moran was bought and sold on the streets of Dublin. She no longer uses the word "prostitute" to describe her former profession. It wasn't what she did; it was something that was done to her, she argues.  

"I wasn't a prostitute, I was prostituted," she says. "There's a very big, significant difference." 

There's a whole series of web videos dedicated to stuff white people say to minorities.

Like asking someone of Asian decent where they're from. Like really from.

Joanna Hausmann takes this one step further. She's a white Latina American from Venezuela. Yeah, she gets plenty of questions about it.

Leo Hornak

Sean Day is man who takes a certain pride in knowing his way through London’s meandering streets.

“London is massive. It’s like a cobweb. It’s like tangled fusewire,” he says.

He has been driving a traditional London black taxi for 14 years, and he tells me he has never needed a map or GPS in any of that time.

The Forum: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The focus on racial injustice in the US – particularly the effect of race on criminal justice — has been in the public spotlight following the tragic deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner on Staten Island, and Tamir Rice in Cleveland during encounters with law enforcement.