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Asmaa Albukaie was married at age 14. She had two children by the time she was 15. Then she took an unusual step for a stay-at-home Syrian mom: She signed up for a university degree in library science in Damascus.

“I noticed that women in movies, American women, decide whatever they want to decide. This is not acceptable in Syria. So I made my own decision to learn and study, but I hid in the bathroom because my husband didn’t allow me to study,” said Albukaie, laughing about that now.

Major League Baseball hopes that Africa's got talent

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At a baseball diamond on the outskirts of Johannesburg, 17-year-old Koketso Manamela steps up to the plate. He looks out at the pitcher, who kicks his leg and delivers a pitch. Manamela swings his bat and, with a crack, drives the ball deep into the outfield. He sprints around the bases, which are spread across the grassy infield of a converted cricket ground.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has repeatedly said he will challenge the results of the US election if there is a "questionable result."

So let's take a look at what happened in one country where there were serious allegations of fraud after a recent presidential election: Iran.

In the summer of 2009, Iran was going through one of the most lively presidential elections in its history. For the first time in years, candidates from the reformist camp faced off against candidates from the conservative camp.

Elisa Cedeño, 34 years old from Edinburg, Texas, is anxiously waiting for the final presidential debate to begin.

Her grandmother came to the US by swimming across the Rio Grande, but Cedeño says it wasn’t as dangerous for people crossing as it is now.

“Those women are getting raped, they’re getting abused and some are getting murdered for trying to do it the illegal way,” says Cedeño. “There is a system in place to do it the legal way and for the safety of all those people who want to come into America.”

Jason Margolis

When I went for a ride-along with Officer Dustin Robinson of the Boise Police Department, I was waiting for a cop car to come pick me up. Much to my disappointment, he showed up in an unmarked SUV, and he was wearing a coat and tie. It makes sense though: He wants to put the refugees he works with at ease.

About 1.5 million people clasped hands, creating a human chain that stretched 250 miles through Catalonia to demonstrate they no longer wanted the northeastern region to be part of Spain.

It was 2013, and American writer and translator Liz Castro was a link in that chain.

She said it was one of the most remarkable experiences she’s had fighting to make her adopted home a new European nation.

“I think we really proved to ourselves that we had this mobilizing ability, this organizational capacity,” she said. “And people were happy.”

Donald Trump was the man Hillary Clinton needed to win the women's vote

Oct 18, 2016

It seems an unlikely paradox: In a country where women outnumber men in all but nine states, the first woman in US history to run for president, as a major party nominee, has struggled to win a strong majority of women voters. For most of her 2016 presidential run, Hillary Clinton has not been able to get the vote of women. As it turns out — ironically or not — it has taken a man to do it for her: Donald Trump.

Is Russia pursuing a 'Grozny' solution for Aleppo?

Oct 18, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry has criticized Russia for pursuing what he called a "Grozny strategy" in the battle underway for control of the Syrian city of Aleppo. It's a reference to Russia's actions in Chechnya decades ago, which perhaps could be paraphrased as “peace through obliteration.”

The Russians are not happy about it.

The best and worst countries to be a girl

Oct 18, 2016

The international children's rights advocacy organization, Save the Children, recently released their index, "Girls' Opportunity Index," which rates the best and worst countries to be a girl.

Mosul after ISIS will be a test for all of Iraq

Oct 17, 2016
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A long-awaited offensive to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State began early Monday morning, with US forces involved in their largest operation since withdrawing from the country in 2011.

Some 30,000 soldiers are taking part in the battle for the extremist group’s last major stronghold in Iraq. Among them are Kurdish fighters, the Iraqi army, Shiite militias and Sunni tribal groups — a patchwork alliance of unlikely allies backed by US airpower and support.