Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses people at an event before the closure of his party's 16th Annual Peoples Conference in Masvingo, south of the capital Harare, Dec. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

Zimbabwe after Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe recently turned 93, making him the oldest non-royal head of state in the world. But in his 37 years in power,...
Sun Wenlin (L) and his partner Hu Mingliang during their wedding ceremony in Changsha city, Hunan province May 17, 2016. The city government rejected their application for a marriage license. (EPA)

Gay rights in China

Homosexuality may not be illegal in China, but LGBT people in the world's most populous country often live their lives in the shadows. By one...
Elephant tusks are stacked in one of around a dozen pyres of ivory, in Nairobi National Park, Kenya, April 28, 2016.  (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, file)

The business of poaching

Might your children or grandchildren someday live in a world without rhinoceroses or African elephants? The chances of that are probably higher...
A huge portrait Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov stands beside the horse race track in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in May 2007. (EPA/Mikhail Klimentyev)

Turkmenistan’s silent election

Most people outside of Central Asia know little about the gas-rich desert nation of Turkmenistan. The former Soviet Republic has virtually no...
Indians from the tribe Munduruku attend a meeting with the government at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil,  June 4, 2013. The Indians, who had been occupying the controversial Belo Monte dam which is being built in the Amazon on the Xingu River, were flown to Brasilia by the government for talks to try to end the occupation. Environmentalists and indigenous groups say the dam would devastate wildlife and the livelihoods of thousands of people who live in the area to be flooded. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Amazonia’s last uncontacted tribes

They survive by hunting and gathering in the forest or by cultivating gardens with handmade tools. In some cases, they don't wear clothing and speak...
Health workers carry a body of a person that they suspected died from the Ebola virus at a new graveyard on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, March 11, 2015.  (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Liberia after Ebola

A year ago the World Health Organization declared the Ebola epidemic in Liberia over. But though the immediate crisis may have passed, Liberia still...