Teen pregnancies rose by 50 percent in the Philippines over the last decade. Now that predominantly Roman Catholic country has begun implementing a law — contested for years — that requires public health facilities to offer free contraceptive services. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports that the fight by religious opponents hasn’t ended. Continue reading
In Indonesia and the Philippines, children can earn a few dollars a day mining artisanal gold under dangerous conditions. Workers are also exposed to poisonous mercury when they process the precious metal. The NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia reports with photographer Larry C. Price on the true price of gold. Continue reading
Technically illegal but practiced openly, small-scale mining activity is everywhere. This region once hosted large gold mining operations which exploited the rivers and clear-cut hundreds of thousands of acres in search of promising deposits after securing the necessary permits from the Indonesian government. Today, large-scale gold projects still operate in regions across Borneo. However, constant rumors of rich deposits in the rivers and in the tailings left in remote areas by abandoned large-scale sites are incentive for thousands of small-scale miners to set up illegal operations. Continue reading
Children living among rubbish and human waste are especially susceptible to diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top killers of children under 5 worldwide. In this photo essay from Reuters, photographers capture “playgrounds” built among landfills and junkyards, and children swimming in polluted stagnant waters filled with garbage and excrement. Continue reading
More than 650,000 people were evacuating from coastal villages in the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit made landfall early Saturday, causing downed power lines and trees and canceling more than 150 fights. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Super Typhoon Hagupit, shaping up to be one of the most powerful storms of 2014, is on a collision course with the Philippines.
To mark the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan that killed at least 6,300 people and displaced millions of others, Filipino artists painted murals on the outer walls of a public cemetery in Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the typhoon on Nov. 8, 2013.
The strongest tropical cyclone of 2014 is spinning toward Japan, maintaining winds around 165 miles per hour. Super Typhoon Vongfong is predicted to still be a Category 5 storm by the end of Wednesday, but is not expected to make landfall in Japan until early next week. Continue reading
Vitamin A deficiency is a deadly threat to kids and pregnant mothers in the Third World. In the Philippines, the best nutrient sources are rarely part of the daily diet, so researchers have tried adding vitamin A to rice, a staple food. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien investigates the debate that’s grown up over the development of golden rice, a genetically modified crop. Continue reading
40 United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines escaped overnight after being surrounded since Thursday by Islamic militants in southern Syria, Reuters reports. Continue reading