Protests have engulfed Assam since the National Register of Citizens was published in August 2019. They have intensified since the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by the parliament. Central security forces, pictured here, have been sent in to repress the spontaneous protests by different citizens groups.
India has been working to expel or repress Muslim minorities. Nearly two million residents of India’s eastern state of Assam are at risk of losing citizenship.
Venezuelans hoping to cross into Ecuador via Colombia amass at the Rumichaca border bridge in Tulcan, Ecuador, as new visa restrictions limiting migration took effect, Aug. 26, 2019.
Citing national security, Ecuador, Peru and Chile have all made it harder for Venezuelan migrants to enter the country, and xenophobia is rising across the region – even in more welcoming Colombia.
Matt ‘Airistotle’ Burns performs during the 2017 Air Guitar World Championships in Finland.
Eeva Rihel/Lehtikuva via AP
An ethnomusicologist traces the origins of the practice, from early 20th century 'air conductors' to Joe Cocker's air riffing at Woodstock to the rise of international competitions.
Human milk banks collect, pasteurise, test, store, and distribute donated breastmilk.
The WHO has called for the global scale-up of human milk banks.
Nixon’s Operation Intercept in 1969 led to massive traffic jams.
Both presidents brought border traffic and trade to a standstill in hopes of changing Mexican policy in the drug war. And both failed to achieve their goals.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting Zika.
AP Photo/Felipe Dana
In January, measles returned to the Pacific Northwest, while Ebola resurged in the Congo. It would take a lot more research for scientists to be able to stop threats like these in their tracks.
President Woodrow Wilson in Paris, Jan. 1919.
United States. Army. Signal Corps, photographer/Library of Congress
While negotiating the end of the First World War at the Versailles Peace Conference, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson collapsed. Was it a neurological disorder associated with the Spanish Flu?
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro after his swearing-in on Jan. 1, 2019, in the capital of Brasilia.
AP Photo/Andre Penner
Brazil's new president – often called the 'Trump of the tropics' for his inflammatory, right-wing rhetoric – won over poorer voters by stoking fear and resentment. Can he make them happy?
Mural at Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City, Queens, New York, a longtime industrial and transportation hub that now is rapidly redeveloping.
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
Many homes, parks and businesses in US cities stand on former manufacturing sites that may have left legacy hazardous wastes behind. A new book calls for more research into our urban industrial past.
In this April 14, 1947 file photo, a long line winds toward the entrance to Morrisania Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York, where doctors were vaccinating against smallpox. In an attempt to halt the spread of the disease, officials said city residents were being vaccinated at the rate of eight a minute.
Humans have shown that together we can overcome daunting problems, including deadly pathogens like smallpox. It is a lesson of international cooperation and respect that we should pay attention to.
Jules Salles-Wagner’s 1898 painting ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
We talk excitedly about meeting someone with whom we 'click' or 'really hit it off.' So why do so many of us hesitate to call it love?
A group of Maasai women and children in Kenya.
In Maasai communities women have no autonomy to make decisions about their nutrition and that of their children.
African women do a lot of unpaid work that isn’t captured in GDP calculations.
The methods used to measure gross domestic product are being criticised for excluding the unpaid work done by women.
Will they disrupt the tech sector?
Americans' widespread belief that they live in a meritocracy where anyone can get ahead actually makes inequality even worse, particularly in terms of gender.
People gather around a truck to get food on Detroit’s east side in July 1967. The food was brought to the riot-stricken area by the Crisis Council, one of the many organizations aiding residents.
Women have long been the targets of police violence as well as men.
The glass fibers that make up the
Euplectella aspergillum sponge are surprisingly strong and flexible.
Michael A Monn
Bio-inspiration takes cues from natural structures that do certain things very effectively. One example: the strong but flexible fibers that sea sponges use to anchor themselves to the ocean floor.
The WHO recommends donor human milk as the next best infant feeding option.
Human milk banks play an important role in ensuring the safe supply of breast milk. This is made available to babies whose mothers are unable to breastfeed.
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both baby and mother. But it can also can be difficult to sustain exclusively without support.
Down the steps of Finland’s famous Bengtskaer lighthouse.
This problem masks a greater threat to the welfare state than it first appears.
A protest in South Africa against housing shortages.
South Africa's democracy is in trouble. But the challenge is less about who should control state institutions, and more about how they can be refashioned to deliver to the poor.