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Dania Amroosh wears a Hello Kitty shirt, tiny heart-shaped earrings and her hair in cute little pigtails. She looks like any other 7-year-old, except for the jagged scars on the bridge of her nose and across her chin. There is much worse beneath her blanket on the third floor of the Kilis State Hospital in southern Turkey. A huge seeping wound on her stomach is closed with an angry grid of stitches. The casts are finally off her broken right leg and right hand, but her fingers are still black and blue and she can barely walk. Her lower body is covered with shrapnel scars. Five months ago, Dania and her family were sitting in their home in Aleppo, Syria, about 60 miles south of here, when a bomb dropped from the sky.  Photo: Linda Davidson/Washignton Post

Refuge: Stories from the Syrian crisis

by Kevin Sullivan Washington Post December 14, 2013

Dania Amroosh wears a Hello Kitty shirt, tiny heart-shaped earrings and her hair in cute little pigtails. She looks like any other 7-year-old, except for the jagged scars on the bridge of her nose and across her chin....

Pope Francis denounces ‘trickle-down’ economic theories in critique of inequality

by Zachary A. Goldfarb and Michelle Boorstein Washington Post November 26, 2013

Pope Francis on Tuesday sharply criticized growing economic inequality and unfettered markets in a wide-ranging and decidedly populist teaching that revealed how he plans to reshape the Catholic Church. ...

Growing clamor about inequities of climate crisis

by Stephen Lee Myers and Nicholas Kulish New York Times November 16, 2013

WARSAW — Following a devastating typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, a routine international climate change conference here turned into an emotional forum, with developing countries demanding compensation from the worst polluting countries for damage they say they are already sufferi...

A jolt to complacency on food supply

by Justin Gillis New York Times November 11, 2013

For a look at what climate change could do to the world’s food supply, consider what the weather did to the American Corn Belt last year. ...

20 milion in Mideast to get polio vaccine

by Donald G. McNeill Jr New York Times November 11, 2013

Health officials will try to get polio vaccines to more than 20 million children across the Middle East to contain a major outbreak there, the World Health Organization and Unicef announced last week. The region was polio-free for 10 years, until a Pakistani strain was detected in sewers in Egypt in...

Climate change seen posing risk to food supplies

by Justin Gillis New York Times November 1, 2013

Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found. ...

Development aid from 15 top donors may be up slightly this year, but will still be below 2010 level

by IRIN News October 24, 2013

Aid from the top 15 global donors - all from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) - is estimated to reach US$127 billion by the end of 2013, reversing the aid declines of the last two years, according to projections from the Aus...

A young boy works as a laborer near Kathmandu. Photo: David Longstreath/IRIN

Centuries after slavery was outlawed, 29.8 million people globally continue to be subjected to new and diverse forms of servitude, new index shows

by IRIN News October 18, 2013

More than two centuries after slavery was outlawed, 29.8 million people globally continue to be subjected to new and diverse forms of servitude, a new index ranking 162 countries shows. ...

Will the upcoming Warsaw climate change summit change anything?

by IRIN News October 7, 2013

The latest assessment of climate change by the world's leading authority is out, and the news is not good. But will it change anything at the annual UN talks to negotiate a deal to slow down global warming, to be held in Poland in a few weeks' time?...

Flour made from insects will feed underfed populations

by Joanna Prisco ABC News September 30, 2013

A team of MBA students were the recipients of the 2013 Hult Prize earlier this week, providing them with $1 million in seed money to produce an insect-based, protein-rich flour for feeding malnourished populations in other countries. The product is called Power Flour. ...

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