Society

A year of struggle as Afghan family builds new life in US
Most of the past year, the family has lived in a cockroach-infested, one-bedroom apartment in Sacramento unable to find affordable housing in California's capital
Women candidates in Kenya polls endure abuse, attacks
It's unclear who organises most attacks but candidates suspect their competitors. None of the major political parties responds to requests for comment on the issue
Pope travels to Canada on 'pilgrimage of penance'
Pope Francis is scheduled to land in Canada on Sunday on what he has called a "pilgrimage of penance" to apologise for the abuse indigenous children
Indigenous women battle growing Amazon violence with victim centre
When Itaya Andy studied community therapy years ago at Ecuador's Universidad Estatal Amazonica (Amazonian State University), she realised there were hardly any programs designed to support indigenous ...
In age-old ritual, Mexican mayor weds alligator to secure abundance
A small town Mexican mayor married his alligator bride in a colourful ceremony as traditional music rang out and revellers danced while imploring the indigenous leader to seal the nuptials with a kiss ...
Swiss laggards in Western Europe in allowing same-sex marriage
Alois Carnier, 57, and Peter Leu, 67, said "wholeheartedly, I do" to each other on Friday as same-sex marriages became legal in Switzerland.
In China's Shenzhen, nostalgia persists for the old days of Hong Kong culture
A trip to glamorous Hong Kong was a distant dream for most Chinese mainlanders in the mid-1990s, but for schoolgirl Tracey Chen in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, it was just a lunchtime stroll.
Pope names women to bishops advisory committee for first time
Pope Francis has named three women, two nuns and a laywoman, to a previously all-male committee that advises him in selecting the world's bishop's, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
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