Abortion rights activists hold candles and display pictures in memory of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning after being denied an abortion in a Dublin hospital, during a protest rally outside Ireland's government headquarters in Dublin, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik, file)

After rape, Irish abortion ban led woman to U.K.

"I could get up to 14 years imprisonment for having an illegal abortion. Whereas the maximum penalty my rapist could get is seven years." When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned many state abortion...
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Imagen de MARC MARGINEDAS en la base canadiense de Patricia en Nakhonay en Afganistan en octubre de 2010 (10/10/2010)
Foto de AGUSTIN CATALAN

Spanish correspondent survived wars, ISIL captivity

Marc Marginedas has covered some of the world's most brutal conflicts, and has the psychological scars to prove it. The first thing to know about Marc Marginedas is that he has gone on living. The veteran...
Russia volunteers attend the opening  ceremony of World Cup Volunteers Programme ahead of the 2018 football tournament in Moscow, Russia, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

For Russia, World Cup poses myriad challenges

Ukraine, security and corruption complicate 2018 tournament With the world’s attention set to shift to crisis-riddled Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics, one government in particular is likely watching how...
Workers dismantle the 65-foot Lenin statue standing on the bank of the Dnieper River by the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station as part of Ukraine's "decommunization," removal or changing names of all Soviet-era communist symbols, March 16, 2016. The statue was taken down the following day. (Frank Folwell)

Fall of Lenin statue highlights Ukraine tensions

Soviet symbols still elicit division in Ukraine Upon arrival in the gray, industrial city of Zaporizhia in March, rumors were swirling: Ukraine’s largest remaining statue of Vladimir Lenin was slated to...
An Iranian man shows Telegram app messages from supporters of female conservative candidate Zohreh Elahian, on his mobile phone in Tehran, Iran,  Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Inside the Islamic State’s favorite app

"They just want to feel relatively secure right now, or for the lifetime of whatever operation they're plotting." The messaging app Telegram has gained notoriety recently for its use by the Islamic State, or...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel accompanied by Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, left, arrives at Bosnian Parliament  in Sarajevo, Bosnia, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

Bosnia’s European lifeline

A serious effort by Brussels could help reform Bosnia's troubled politics, argues Columbia's Tanya Domi Bosnia-Herzegovina is among the poorest and most corrupt corners of Europe. The country made significant...
A EU flag hangs beside the Union Jack at the Europa House in London, Feb. 17, 2016.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

British debate divorcing Europe

Immigration, economy weigh on debate Should the British choose to leave the European Union after a June 23 referendum, the effects could be far-reaching. If the United Kingdom does vote to leave, the...