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To sing or sign?

By Francis Mead It was a late call – could I go to Minnesota to film the deaf, Finnish rapper for the last two days of his US tour? I wasn’t quite as fazed by this request as you might guess: I’d seen the poster for Signmark when he’d passed by the UN in New York –...

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Qatar: Sweet Epidemic

by Mary Ferreira Counting calories is not on anyone's mind when visiting fast food chains in Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar. But it's now a necessity as young people are becoming "addicted" to quick meals, according to one of the leading newspapers in...

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Pakistan: Wagah Border Ceremony

by Mary Ferreira Lahore, Pakistan - Thousands of spectators on both sides of the border - Pakistan and India - cheer as soldiers representing both nations participate in a ceremony which ends in a perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations' flags. Called the...

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Qatar: Robotic Camel Jockeys

by Mary Ferreira Doha, Qatar – Camel racing has been a popular sport for centuries in the Gulf region. In most countries children were used as camel jockeys. But governments along with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, knew that it was dangerous work for...

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Dwindling Fish Stocks

By Mary Ferreira and Elizabeth Waruru The fishing industry helps millions of people escape poverty around the world especially those in small island States like Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. Some one thousand fishermen living on the south western coast of...

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Senegal: Beyond Tradition

By Mary Ferreira Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, or genital cutting is an age-old custom that's still practiced in many countries. It's a custom that affects some 140 million women and girls worldwide. In partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA,...