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This Week In Pictures: Faith In Practice Around The World, Feb. 1 to Feb. 7
Humans express their faith in a multitude of ways. These photos capture the incredible diversity within faith practices that happen in our world in the span of just one week. » See photos
Two Lives, in Harmony
Under skies as cloudy as her future, Melody Jerez, a young Chilean girl, discovered music, and with it a world of possibility. Years later, she took over a youth orchestra in an even smaller town, where another child, Georgina Ávila, was similarly entranced. » Video & Full Story
#ShovelItForward: Kindness crossing borders?
For the sick and the elderly, shoveling snow is not just a drag – it can be downright dangerous. A social media campaign is calling on able-bodied people everywhere to grab their shovels and dig out their neighbors’ walks.
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In a rough part of Mexico City, shooting with cameras instead of guns
To keep kids off the streets, the city government formed the gritty arts center, Faro in 2000. Photography is one of the most popular classes, due to famed lensman, Jesus Villaseca, who uses his own troubled past to steer teens out of trouble and into careers.
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South Sudan finds sweet success with honey
A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say. » Full Story
At 90, She’s Designing Tech for Aging Boomers
In Silicon Valley's youth-obsessed culture, 40-year-olds get plastic surgery to fit in. But IDEO, the firm that famously developed the first mouse for Apple, has a 90-year-old designer on staff. » Listen to & Read Full Story
8 Great Modern Innovations We Can Thank Muslims For
When thousands of “patriotic Europeans” took to the streets once again in Dresden to protest “the Islamisation of the West,” their actions were the result not only of resentment and fear, but also of ignorance. Here, the Huffington Post Germany presents eight things we owe to great Muslim civilizations. » Full Story
The goats fighting America's plant invasion
Each country has its own invasive species and rampant plants with a tendency to grow out of control. In most, the techniques for dealing with them are similar - a mixture of powerful chemicals and diggers. But in the US a new weapon has joined the armory in recent years - the goat. » Full Story
Olympia LePoint showed courage on her path from poverty to rocket scientist
How do you get from a tough childhood in South Central Los Angeles to mission control? By taking fear out of the equation. » Full Story
First Transgender Mayor Elected in Central India
A city in central India has elected the country's first transgender mayor, nine months after a court ruled that transgender be recognized as a legal third gender. » Full Story
In Syrian conflict, women rescuers are saving lives and changing minds
More Syrian women are working as first-responders in rebel-held areas. Trained in emergency medical care and search and rescue operations, they are winning over conservative Syrians by playing a nontraditional role in the conflict. » Full Story
California police chief connects cops to the community
In Richmond, Calif., a police chief has employed several steps that have greatly reduced violent crime as well as the need for police to use deadly force. » See Video
Global group of Catholic Bishops call for end to fossil fuels
The statement is the first time that senior church figures from every continent have issued such a call. The bishops say they want a "deepening of the discourse to overcome the climate challenge and to set us on new sustainable pathways". » Full Story
How ocean current could power half the homes in Florida
Wind and solar power are the poster children of renewable energy, but shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy means tapping many sources of renewable energy. That's why companies are looking to harness the power of the ocean's currents. » Full Story
Halving of malaria deaths 'tremendous achievement
Global efforts have halved the number of people dying from malaria - a tremendous achievement, the World Health Organization says. It says between 2001 and 2013, 4.3 million deaths were averted, 3.9 million of which were children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa. » Full Story
Bus Becomes Shower for Homeless in San Francisco
A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower. The former public transit bus has been outfitted with two full private bathrooms and offers hot showers, clean toilets, shampoo, soap and towels free of charge. » Full Story
From a Rwandan Dump to the Halls of Harvard
Nine years old and orphaned by ethnic genocide, Justus Uwayesu was living in a burned-out car in a Rwandan garbage dump. American charity worker, Clare Effiong, visited the dump one Sunday and heard him say,“I want to go to school.” Well, he got his wish. » Full Story
To Siri, With Love
How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri. In a world where the commonly held wisdom is that technology isolates us, it’s worth considering another side of the story. » Full Story
Cuba to the rescue: Ebola-stricken countries welcome Castro's doctors
The US is the biggest financial donor to Ebola-infected countries in West Africa. But the largest number of healthcare workers deployed in the field hail from an island nation with a cash-strapped communist government.
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Making child's play out of banking in India
A pioneering Indian bank is teaching the impoverished children of an overcrowded Muslim neighbourhood in Ahmedabad how to save for a crisis. Sarjan Bank bank at Sankalit Nagar in the neglected western neighbourhood of Juhapura is proving highly popular with local pre-teens - who are also helping to run it. » Full Story