Juang Gai Vol, 87, who hadn't eaten for three days, lies down at a food distribution site in Padeah, South Sudan, March 1, 2017. South Sudanese who fled famine and fighting in Leer county emerged from South Sudan's swamps after months in hiding to receive food aid being distributed by the World Food Program. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Famine stalks South Sudan, Somalia

The United Nations says that the world is facing the worst food crisis since World War II. Two of the hardest hit countries are in East Africa. In...
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, right, embraces former vice president, Lenin Moreno, during the Alianza PAIS party convention where Moreno was tapped as the ruling party presidential candidate, in Quito, Ecuador, Oct. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Ecuador election tests Correa legacy

A presidential run-off in the South American nation of Ecuador is shaping up as a referendum on the decade-long rule of leftist President Rafael...
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...