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India’s Rahul Gandhi supporters finish 5-month rally and march against increasingly nationalist state

Rahul Gandhi, head of India's opposition Congress party, started a unity march last September from the southern tip of the country, which ended on Monday. Gandhi is trying to drum up support for his party, opposition to the ruling BJP and, many observers say, trying to uphold democracy in the face of what's becoming an increasingly religious state.

India’s Rahul Gandhi supporters finish 5-month rally and march against increasingly nationalist state
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Wagner mercenary group recruits Africans held in Russian prisons

Wagner mercenary group recruits Africans held in Russian prisons
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LGBTQ Russians are fleeing to Central Asia

LGBTQ Russians are fleeing to Central Asia
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Court orders Canada to take back its citizens from camps in Syria

Court orders Canada to take back its citizens from camps in Syria
Many Taipei residents visit the city's historic Dihua Street to buy goods for the Lunar New Year.

Taiwan and China celebrate Lunar New Year amid vastly different COVID levels

Taiwan and China celebrate Lunar New Year amid vastly different COVID levels
Yuxin Wu plays the Chinese gehu string instrument.

Chinese musician works to revive the gehu instrument

Yuxin Wu, a second-generation gehu player at the Berklee College of Music, is on a mission to revive the Chinese string instrument with its unique vibrational sound.

Chinese musician works to revive the gehu instrument
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How well is the grain deal working for Ukraine?

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has stressed the importance of the grain deal, saying that it needs long-term protection in order to avoid a global food crisis.

How well is the grain deal working for Ukraine?
"Anastasia" screenshot of a woman looking out of a window.

She spoke out against Putin. It came at a cost.

Russian activist Anastasia Shevchenko spoke out against many injustices in her home country. In 2019, she was put under house arrest and was not even allowed to be with her sick daughter as she was dying. A new documentary, "Anastasia," follows Shevchenko as she sets out on a journey to scatter her daughter's ashes in the Black Sea.

She spoke out against Putin. It came at a cost.
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TarantisT bandleader on protests in Iran: 'This is not protest anymore. This is a revolution'

In the Iranian diaspora community of Los Angeles, members of the heavy metal group TarantisT have added their artistic voices to the protests in Iran. Arash Rahbary is the band's singer and bassist. He speaks to host Marco Werman.

TarantisT bandleader on protests in Iran: 'This is not protest anymore. This is a revolution'
China began promoting potatoes as a staple in 2015 in an effort to combat food insecurity.

How changing national diets could help fix our global food crisis

Chinese farmers plant the largest amount of potatoes in the world, and the country produces about 20% of the global potato output. But while fresh potatoes are a traditional part of the Chinese national diet, they’re viewed as a vegetable rather than as a staple, and China’s per capita consumption of potato is below the global average. In 2015, the Chinese government decided to try and change that.

How changing national diets could help fix our global food crisis
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‘I am living through my worst nightmare’: Women aid workers in Afghanistan react to ban on employment

Women who work for nongovernmental organizations in Afghanistan are in shock after the group announced a ban on female employees.

‘I am living through my worst nightmare’: Women aid workers in Afghanistan react to ban on employment
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Taiwanese young people have mixed feelings about increased military service 

Taiwan's president announced last week that mandatory military service for young people will increase from four months to a full year. There is substantial popular support for the move because of a rising threat from China, though among young people themselves, it’s more complicated.

Taiwanese young people have mixed feelings about increased military service 
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Residents of informal settlements among the most at risk from climate change 

In Karachi, Pakistan, a tragedy this past summer highlighted those risks. 

Residents of informal settlements among the most at risk from climate change 
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These Afghan women soldiers made it out of Afghanistan. Their next battle is making it in the US.

About 40 members of a special, all-women Afghan platoon that worked alongside the US military barely made it out of Afghanistan last year. Now, they want to put their training to use even though they remain in a legal limbo. But that hasn’t stopped them learning English and getting an education. 

These Afghan women soldiers made it out of Afghanistan. Their next battle is making it in the US.
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As bombs fall, northern Syria braces for a potential Turkish invasion

Human rights groups warn that a Turkish invasion could trigger a new exodus of refugees, and worsen an already dire humanitarian crisis in northern Syria.

As bombs fall, northern Syria braces for a potential Turkish invasion