After being arrested, tortured and kidnapped, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee managed to flee to Jordan. Now he is raising money to finish his high-school education - with the help of his passion, photography.
A tour operator from the Great Barrier Reef has come halfway around the world to save his business.
The Branken family are the only whites in Hillbrow, a notorious Johannesburg urban slum.
A core of Vietnamese protesters carry on in their protests against China's new oil rig.
Cambodia's Khmer Rouge wiped out almost two million people and many traditional arts as well. But some are keeping the old forms alive, including a woman whose voice has taken her from the rice fields to the opera stage.
When her company ties to Gaza were broken, all an Israeli businesswoman could do was hope.
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Muhammad Ayub has been running a school for street children in an Islamabad park for 20 years.
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