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Officials confirm arrest of rebel leader for mass rapes in Congo

United Nations officials hailed the capture of a militant leader implicated in a barbaric series of mass rapes earlier this year, but experts feared the arrest would be seen as an “isolated event.”

Congo soldiers on why they rape

A clip from Lisa Jackson’s “The Greatest Silence” features a group of young male soldiers talking openly about the acts of rape that they have committed.

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International development and global overpopulation

Last week, we sat down with renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs to discuss the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, the set of goals aimed at reducing the poverty and hunger in the world’s poorest countries by half by the year 2015. Since the goals were established 10 years ago, however, the U.S. has not heard much about [...]

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  The Vatican goes green

The Holy See has embarked on a new mission: the fight against climate change. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI announced that Vatican City would strive to become the first carbon-neutral state. Although the Vatican’s plan to purchase carbon offset credits fell through, the sovereign city-state has harnessed the power of the sun with solar panels [...]

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Rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this extended web interview, Alison Stewart speaks with Anneke van Woudenberg of Human Rights Watch about the roots of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the use of rape as a weapon against communities there.

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  After ‘Glaciergate,’ UN panel on climate change mulls reforms

Need to Know talks with the man who reviewed the work of the UN’s Nobel Prize-winning climate science body, the IPCC, which has been accused of some embarrassing errors, such as ‘Glaciergate.’

Pakistan under water: The view from 438 miles above Earth

NASA has released images of one especially hard-hit region of Pakistan from before and after the monsoons, from 438 miles above the Earth.

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As flotilla probe begins, filmmaker unveils new footage of deadly raid

Israel is now the subject of lawsuits and political pressure. But what about the ‘hit list’ at the center of the controversy? Need to Know talked to an American flotilla passenger about the mysterious document.

Iran sanctions pit major powers against developing world

The U.S.-led push for sanctions on Iran has opened a rift between world powers and developing nations, threatening international consensus on efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.

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