Colombian singer Shakira watches the development project by Sadhya Janardham, worker of the NGO Architecture for Humanity, during her visit to Elie Dubois school in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 31, 2011.   (EPA/Andres MartÌnez Casares)

Haiti a test case on role of aid agencies

Haiti's weak government overshadowed by robust NGO presence In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, relief money poured into Haiti – as did thousands of foreign aid organizations to help distribute it. Six...
Prisoners look at military guards after returning to their cells at the Combinado del Este prison during a media tour in Havana, Cuba,, April 9, 2013.  (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

Cuba’s ‘black spring’ still haunts journalists

Years after their release, two Cuban journalists look back at lost years. In March 2003 the world’s attention was transfixed on Iraq as the United States prepared to launch a divisive military assault on...
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Career of CNN Digital boss mirrors media revolution

The digital age changed the way people get their news. But as it shifts from coming heaved to a doorstep by a child on a bike or via a 6:30 pm news anchor to being always accessible on handheld gadgets,...
At left, Guatemalan presidential candidate Jimmy Morales, of the National Front of Convergence party, at a Sept. 7, 2015 press conference in Guatemala City, and Sandra Torres, National Unity of Hope presidential candidate, at an Aug. 29, 2015 campaign rally in Escuintla, Guatemala. (AP Photo/Luis Soto, File)

TV star, ex-first lady contest Guatemala poll

After corruption protests topple a president, Guatemalans are looking for change Voters in Guatemala will choose a new president Sunday, and the vote comes at a turning point in the Central American nation's...
Members of the Colombian rebel group National Liberation Army, or ELN,  escort two female hostages during their release in the town of Fortul, northeast of Bogota, Colombia,  Aug. 13, 2012.  (AP Photo/Efrain Patino)

An explainer: Colombia’s armed groups

As a peace deal with the FARC nears, pressure is rising on other armed groups Colombia has suffered decades of civil conflicts, claiming more than 220,000 lives since the 1960s. Drug-fueled violence has...
Pope Francis waves as he celebrates Mass in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12, 2015. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Is Pope Francis a radical?

The pope has changed the Catholic Church's tone, if not its doctrine. He's been variously described as “the great reformer,” the “most interesting man in the world,” and most provocatively,  a...