Today, students from New Delhi to New York are gathering for the largest global climate protests to date, AFP reports.  

Last year, India’s government issued new rules aimed at lightening students’ backpacks.   A 2016 survey found that 88% of 7-to-13-year-olds in India were toting backpacks nearly half their body weight; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests bags shouldn’t weigh more…

Hawaii’s gun death rate is only 2.5—far below the US’s 10.6 average. And it’s not because there aren’t guns there. Hawaii has robust hunting and gun collection cultures, but few guns are used in violent crime. This could be due to state laws correlated with lower gun death…

Wealthy, conservative European microstates like Monaco and San Marino—born of antiquated politics—are among the last in the EU without abortion rights. Despite the Council of Europe’s proclamation that abortion is a human right, most microstates criminalize abortion even in…

In Afghanistan, where women’s sexuality falls under legal jurisdiction, “invasive and scientifically dubious” virginity tests are common for women under suspicion.   Some doctors exchange bribes for favorable results. Others repair the hymen of women who have been raped to…

Nearly 2 years after a brutal military crackdown drove Rohingya Muslims from Burma (Myanmar), fresh repatriation plans have stirred panic in the Bangladeshi settlements now home to 1.2 million refugees, The Los Angeles Times reports.  

There's no shortage of reminders about the Earth's fate if warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius.   But warming is not spread evenly, and swaths of the globe have already reached that threshold or are close to it, a Washington Post analysis of "2C hotspots."  

Caroline Fraser writes of her Christian Scientist father’s slow and agonizing death, against a backdrop of the church’s history, in an excerpt from her book, God’s Perfect Child.    In a scathing indictment of the church in which she was raised, Fraser chronicles its…

America’s gun violence problem calls for a public health approach, leaders from the country’s largest physician professional societies said in a joint statement yesterday.   7 groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association teamed up…

Amnesty International called on the UN to investigate the deaths of thousands in the Philippines under President Duterte’s “war on drugs,” saying in a report released today the killings of mostly poor people amount to crimes against humanity.