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Several Syrian women speaking with a male rescue worker.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


police officer talkingCalifornia 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


Backs of bishops' headsGlobal 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


Diagram of ocean and waves and shorelineHow 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


close-up of a mosquito on skinHalving 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


Blue transit busBus 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


Young black man in front of University buildingFrom 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


cartoon of back of a boy holding a phone - by Louie ChinTo 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


Doctor in Protective gearCuba 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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Child working at a desk with another one waiting in line for help.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



Malala and Kailash Satyarthi Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. » See videos and Story


view from inside an airplane - rainbow and blue skies, earth.  Photo by Diana Rowan RockefellerDoes Gratitude Impact our Health and Happiness?

An “overnight” trip, took three days due to a series of airline ‘mishaps’. Instead of dwelling on the negatives, author Anna Bowness-Park decided to be appreciative of all that was good along the way – resulting in unexpected pleasures! » Full Story


Hand holding a fragrant white flowerSmell Turns Up in Unexpected Places

Apparently not only your nose smells! Many other organs in the body have odor receptors which have important functions and they hold promise for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
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Pope Francis, microphones and a bishop speakingAt the Vatican, a Shift in Tone Toward Gays and Divorce

An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calling for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced, as well as the children of these less traditional families. » Full Story


Cookie Monster from Sesame Street eating a cookieA Feeling of Control: How America Can Finally Learn to Deal With Its Impulses

We need to change the way we think about feelings, says writer David Desteno. Instead of relying on willpower for self-control, why not cultivate certain emotional responses? Consumers could amp up a feeling of gratitude before passing the “impulse buy” aisle on their way to the checkout line… » Full Story


 

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