• Wives not cows: Uganda dowry fuels domestic violence

    When Ugandan farmer's daughter Rose Akurut became engaged to a man from a village far from her own, her parents could not be more thrilled. Now I'd also benefit, the cows would come," said her mother Anna Amiti, 50, referring to the bride price or dowry, enshrined in Ugandan law, that the family…

  • Foreign policy question mark over Indonesia leader

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The remarkable rise of Indonesia's new president has captured popular imagination at home and won praise internationally, but Joko "Jokowi" Widodo still needs to prove his foreign policy prowess. The U.S. is looking for him to sustain Jakarta's role as a regional leader in…

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  • Hong Kong protesters set for the long haul at self-sustaining village

    By Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong protesters have created a self-sustaining village within a month of taking their call for democracy to the streets, setting up changing rooms, tents for hire, a study area, first-aid stations and even their own security patrols as they ready for the…

  • White House fence-jumper: What happened to dogs who caught him?

    This time the Secret Service let the dogs out – and the guard dogs did their job.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 'Clever' Japan firm donates high-tech masks for Ebola fight

    A little-known Japanese company has donated 10,000 high-tech face masks to several Ebola-hit African nations and says it is now getting calls from New York City, which confirmed its first case of the virus Thursday. Clever, a maker of air filters, said it is sending thousands of the $75 masks for…

  • In Kenya, Subverting Tradition by Leveraging It

    In some ways, Priscilla Naisankau and Paul Meiliara have a traditional Masai marriage. He’s a gregarious talker; she’s gentle and sparing with words. In other ways, though, they are unconventional by tribal standards.
  • Partial Solar Eclipse Occurs at Sunset Today: Watch It Live

    A partial solar eclipse will darken North American skies Thursday afternoon (Oct. 23), and you can watch the dramatic celestial event online if clouds hinder your view. The online Slooh Community Observatory will air a special three-hour webcast for the partial solar eclipse today starting at 5…
  • Incredible Photo of Lazing Lions Wins Wildlife Photography Contest

    A stunning black-and-white photo of five lionesses relaxing with their cubs in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park has taken the top prize at the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, held this week at London's Natural History Museum. The image, snapped by American photographer Michael…
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    Syrian refugees (80 photos)

    Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants. The masses fleeing the brutal offensive by the Islamic State group on…

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  • California community suffers as wells dry up in drought

    By Lucy Nicholson East Porterville Calif. (Reuters) - In one of the towns hardest hit by California's drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump water into barrels and take it back home. The trip has become a regular ritual for…

  • In gloomy Ukraine, an unexpected gleam for one company

    Ukraine's economy may be imploding, the government teetering on the brink of default, and the country's industrial heartland devastated by war.

    Christian Science Monitor
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    High School student attacked; father speaks out

    A father is speaking out after his son was attacked by fellow students at Valencia High School. The incident was caught on tape.

    KGO – San Francisco
  • AP Exclusive: A week on the road in North Korea

    LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) — The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It's now a truck stop.

    Associated Press
  • 5 Food Label Items You Need to Start Reading

    I have some good and some bad news.

    U.S.News & World Report LP
  • Californians favor $7.5 billion water bond to fight drought: poll

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Most Californians favor a ballot initiative authorizing spending $7.5 billion on projects to shore up the drought-parched state's water supply, including a new reservoir and underground storage projects, a poll shows. The proposal to pay for the…

  • China and 20 other countries sign MOU on regional bank

    China and 20 other countries moved forward on Friday towards setting up an Asian infrastructure lender seen as a counterweight to Western-backed international development banks. The signatories put their names to a memorandum of understanding to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank…

  • Fort Lauderdale joins urban movement to restrict feeding the homeless

    Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the latest city to place restrictions on feeding the homeless.

    Christian Science Monitor