China's dancing "damas" twirl across squares throughout the country

Freed US prisoner Alan Gross thanks Obama after Cuba release

Rwanda acquits genocide suspects of charges but leaves them stateless

Uphill battle to tackle Indonesian shark fishing

China's dancing "damas" twirl across squares throughout the country

Wed, 17 Dec 2014

They belong to an army of 100 million that has swept the mainland, overtaking the public spaces of every town and city. Dawn and dusk they gather, falling in to precise rows and columns in classic military-style square formations. They are a determined, primal force, whose unpredictable actions strike fear into world markets. When loudspeakers roar they leap into action, stamping their feet. They are the “damas”.

Freed US prisoner Alan Gross thanks Obama after Cuba release

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

Alan Gross, an American contractor released Wednesday following five years in a Cuban prison, thanked President Obama for his release at a press conference in Washington.

Rwanda acquits genocide suspects of charges but leaves them stateless

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

As the court trying Rwandan genocide suspects closes its doors, some of the acquitted have been left in limbo, stateless, and unable to return home.

Uphill battle to tackle Indonesian shark fishing

Wed, 17 Dec 2014

Sharks are hauled ashore every day at a busy market on the central Indonesian island of Lombok, the hub of a booming trade that provides a livelihood for local fishermen but is increasingly alarming environmentalists.