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Bolivia: Child Labor Completely Legal

Bolivia: Child Labor Completely Legal

Bolivia has the world's lowest minimum age for child labor. Children there can work legally for themselves or their families. Once they hit 12, they can work for others. It's estimated that there are around 850,000 child laborers.
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Escape from East Berlin

Escape from East Berlin

When they began building the Berlin Wall, Hartmut Richter knew he had to escape. In the 28 years that the Berlin Wall divided the city, at least 136 people were killed trying to get to West Berlin. Richter risked his life and went on to help more ...
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Germany: How Children escaped the Holocaust

Germany: How Children escaped the Holocaust

Kurt Marx was allowed to flee Nazi Germany when he was 13, just months before the Second World War began. He, and 10,000 mostly Jewish children, were granted refuge in the UK.. On a recent visit to Berlin, the 94-old retraced a painful journey.
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Pakistan: Work instead of School

Pakistan: Work instead of School

The world is likely to fail to meet its commitments on education. Under the UN Sustainable Development Goals, all children should be in school by 2030. But a third of the way towards the deadline, a review paints a bleak picture, especially for lo...
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South Africa: Successful HIV Prevention Campaigns

South Africa: Successful HIV Prevention Campaigns

An HIV prevention project in South Africa has been hugely successful in raising awareness and reducing the number of cases.
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Lebanon: Why Refugees are Destroying their Houses

Lebanon: Why Refugees are Destroying their Houses

Lebanon, which has taken in more refugees per capital than any other country, has now declared some refugee camps for Syrians illegal. Some Syrians have to demolish their own homes.
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Thailand: Diver tells of rescuing cave boys

Thailand: Diver tells of rescuing cave boys

One of the divers in the dramatic rescue of boys from a Thai cave tells DW one year on about the breathtaking experience of not knowing whether they would find the boys dead or alive.
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Threatened journalists in Mexico

Threatened journalists in Mexico

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Reporter Dulcina Parra was kidnapped and barely escaped murder. She reports again and again on cases of corruption and the machinations of the powerful drug cartels.
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Hope for new government in Greece

Hope for new government in Greece

Change of government in Greece: Many people have high expectations of the new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. These include the fishing family Labadarious and the unemployed Vicky Paraskevou. DW has spoken with both of them.
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LGBT activists remember Stonewall riots

LGBT activists remember Stonewall riots

In the early hours of June 28th 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. The protests that ensued lasted for days and are seen as a watershed moment in the fight for LGBT rights in the United States.
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Russia: The Shies Anti-garbage Activists

Russia: The Shies Anti-garbage Activists

Activists in the town of Shies, in northwestern Russia, have built a tent city to prevent the construction of a landfill. Investors claim the garbage dump's environmental impact will be considered but the skeptical activists are standing their gro...
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India: Free Transport for Delhi women

India: Free Transport for Delhi women

Delhi plans to make all publicly funded transport means free for women as a safety measure. The argument is that affordable transport will encourage more women to join the work force and allow more women access to public spaces dominated by men.
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Mexico: mothers are looking for missing sons

Mexico: mothers are looking for missing sons

Violence between drug cartels is thought to be behind the disappearance of tens of thousands of people in Mexico. As authorities fail to provide answers, a group of mothers has embarked on a desperate search for bodies.
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Russia: a unique residential home

Russia: a unique residential home

In an experimental nursing home in Russia, senior citizens and disabled children live together. The home is an appeal for tolerance in a society where the disabled often face discrimination.
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Mozambique: life is hard after the cyclone

Mozambique: life is hard after the cyclone

Large parts of Mozambique were devastated when cyclone Idai swept across the country in early March. More than 1000 people died, hundreds of thousands are homeless, essential supplies are lacking. The port city of Beira was hit particularly hard. ...
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Germany: asylum for Hong Kong refugees

Germany: asylum for Hong Kong refugees

Memories of Tiananmen Square were still fresh when Britain negotiated the handover of Hong Kong to China. The UK insisted that the right to assemble and protest be protected. DW met up with two Hong Kong dissidents who have found asylum in Germany.
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Militias chase migrants in the US

Militias chase migrants in the US

Jim Benvie is the leader of a controversial armed vigilante group in the US. Heavily-armed members of this group go out every night to find and detain people crossing the border. Human rights organizations are outraged.
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Thailand: The problems of elephant tourism

Thailand: The problems of elephant tourism

Nueng the elephant is an attraction for rides - though it's unlikely to be his choice. The 30 year old male is one of the elephants in the Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.
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Sri Lanka: Search for missing people

Sri Lanka: Search for missing people

Ten years after the civil war, people are still searching for loved ones who disappeared during the conflict. Various commissions have been set up over the years to address the issue of the missing but many people are skeptical about them.
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Germany: Equal rights for people with disabilities

Germany: Equal rights for people with disabilities

Natalie Dedreux fights for equal rights for the disabled. She has launched a petition to ban free blood tests for the early detection of gene defects. "Down syndrome is cool", she says.
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Uganda: Snake men from Lake Victoria

Uganda: Snake men from Lake Victoria

Musambwa, an island on Lake Victoria in Uganda, is inhabited only by men - and snakes. About a thousand deadly cobras inhabit the island - seen by the fishermen who live there as spirits, rather than just snakes.
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Germany: Dispute about Holocaust remembrance

Germany: Dispute about Holocaust remembrance

The "Alternative for Germany" is trying to chip away at Germany's culture of remembrance and its memorials to the victims of Nazi atrocities. Lamenting that young people were being made to feel guilty, the party appears to see no problem in forget...
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Romania: Help for Roma children

Romania: Help for Roma children

EU leaders are meeting in the Romanian city of Sibiu. Though a third of the population of Romania lives in poverty, the country has profited markedly from EU membership. Worst off are the Roma, who barely scrape by. One woman is helping them chang...
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The beesharing app

The beesharing app

Bees have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. Though no one really knows what causes the die-offs, there are fears it could have major consequences for the farmers who grow the food all we rely on. Now an app can help.
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The man who captured Sudan's uprising

The man who captured Sudan's uprising

Photographer Mahmoud Hemmeaida has been documenting Sudan's uprising since it began in December. He hopes the images he has captured will help future generations to understand the suffering people have endured.
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Pro-EU Hungarians hope to build momentum in EP election

Pro-EU Hungarians hope to build momentum in EP election

Taking issue with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's anti-EU rhetoric, a group of young Hungarians sees the EU as the country's best hope for the future. The Momentum party is fielding candidates in the upcoming EU parliamentary election.
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'Locked up in hell:' China's forced disappearances

'Locked up in hell:' China's forced disappearances

Since 2017, Chinese authorities have taken human rights lawyers, activists and writers to secret detention centers where, deprived of freedom and dignity, they are expected to confess to crimes.
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Moscow garbage revolts

Moscow garbage revolts

Defying intimidation attempts, thousands of people in Arkhangelsk, a city some 1,200 kilometers north of Moscow, have taken to the streets to protest plans to ship Moscow's garbage to their province.
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Rwanda: Children of genocide grapple with horrors of past

Rwanda: Children of genocide grapple with horrors of past

Twenty-five years ago, the genocide in Rwanda resulted in the deaths of nearly a million people. Most were Tutsis killed by Hutu militias. The children of victims and perpetrators alike grapple with the horrors of the past while hoping for a bette...
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Iran: Challenging convention with tattoos

Iran: Challenging convention with tattoos

In repressive Iran, a secret form of resistance among women is gaining in popularity: body art,specifically tattoos. They're not illegal, but they're definitely frowned upon, which is why tattoo artists try to keep their services a secret.
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Helping small-scale farmers in Ghana market their products

Helping small-scale farmers in Ghana market their products

Farmers in Ghana now have a new app to help them market their products and get paid quickly for whatever they sell. It puts them in touch with the right people and can keep food from spoiling.
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Acid attack survivor turns tragedy into empowerment

Acid attack survivor turns tragedy into empowerment

A woman in India who was 15 when she was attacked by a man 17 years her senior has become an activist and helps others survivors of acid attacks.
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Belarus developers build on Jewish mass grave

Belarus developers build on Jewish mass grave

Builders in the city of Brest discovered they were building on the remains of over 1,000 Jews. A debate on what should happen began. But now the bones of the murdered Jews have been cleared and construction will continue despite the criticism.
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NATO flexes muscles in Poland against Russian threat

NATO flexes muscles in Poland against Russian threat

Many Poles see Russia as a threat, especially since the Ukraine crisis and the annexation of Crimea. In the northeast of Poland is a large contingent of US soldiers, part of NATO's plan to secure Poland in the event of a provocation from the east.
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Jordan: Women find a career with police

Jordan: Women find a career with police

In Jordan, women who work outside the home are the exception. But the country's economic crisis has pushed many women into the workforce. Police work has traditionally been considered a man's job, but women are joining the force in growing numbers.
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Talent hunt: a dream of top-flight soccer

Talent hunt: a dream of top-flight soccer

Soccer-playing boys the world over dream of being scouted by top European clubs. Former Germany defender Klaus Augenthaler was in Lagos to pick 10 young players to represent Nigeria at the world finals of the FC Bayern Youth Cup in Germany.
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China: Single women desperate for babies

China: Single women desperate for babies

In China only married couples can access the national sperm bank. Now a campaigner is calling for the law to be changed to allow single women the chance to conceive.
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France: Life After the Yellow Vests

France: Life After the Yellow Vests

Alienated by a radicalization of the "yellow vest" movement, one of its founders has hung up her own yellow vest and launched a political party instead. Jacline Mouraud says she wants to fight for social justice in France in a constructive way.
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Germany: A Shop Succumbs to Brexit

Germany: A Shop Succumbs to Brexit

Brexit is affecting people's lives across Europe. DW's Linda Vierecke met an English woman who owns a shop selling British goods in the German capital. It's been operating successfully for decades - but now she's ready to retire.
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Kyrgyzstan: A Village without Men

Kyrgyzstan: A Village without Men

In Kyrgyzstan, many people depend on Russia for their livelihoods. DW met one family whose breadwinner works as a caretaker in Russia, where he can earn more than at home. He and his family keep in touch through Skype, when they can get a connection.
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Lebanon: Drowning in Rubbish

Lebanon: Drowning in Rubbish

The waste crisis in Lebanon is a constant problem. It's due to the combination of corruption, poor governance and weak infrastructure seen in many countries. The trash along the coastline near Beirut are frustrating residents -- and uniting them. ...
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Helping the devastated Syrian city of Raqqa recover

Helping the devastated Syrian city of Raqqa recover

US planes and militias on the ground fought for months to drive the self-styled Islamic State out of Raqqa. But the liberated city now lies in ruins. While the US has been providing aid for its stabilization, much more is needed to rebuild the city.
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Training to be a Jedi in Moscow's lightsaber school

Training to be a Jedi in Moscow's lightsaber school

The Star Wars films have a cult following all over the world, including in Russia. That's despite the movies not officially being screened there until the final years of the Soviet Union. But Russian fans have taken their love of them to a new level.
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Debate about abortion in Germany reignited

Debate about abortion in Germany reignited

Although abortions are illegal, in practice they are not being punished. But in Bavaria, Germany, fewer doctors and hospitals are willing to carry out the procedure.
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Female candidates in US midterms: Martha McSally

Female candidates in US midterms: Martha McSally

The upcoming US midterm election is seeing unprecedented numbers of female candidates. In Arizona, Republican Martha McSally, who is challenging Democratic congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema for a Senate seat, is getting a boost from President Trump.
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Football breaks down borders for young migrants

Football breaks down borders for young migrants

Integrating into a new culture can be a daunting process. For many people, sport can offer common ground. At a football training camp in Italy, young migrants recently had the chance to hone their skills with professional coaches from Germany.
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Dresden teacher wary of far-right AfD online platform

Dresden teacher wary of far-right AfD online platform

A Dresden teacher recalls what life was like under communism. That's why the far-right AfD party's new online platform reminds her of the days when students could denounce teachers.
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Poverty drives child marriages among Syrian refugees

Poverty drives child marriages among Syrian refugees

More than a million Syrian refugees currently live in Lebanon, many of them in extreme poverty. Parents often marry off their daughters to save money. DW's Aya Ibrahim met a 14 year old bride-to-be in a refugee camp in the Beqaa valley.
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