Technology keeps bringing us closer to a world where people can communicate freely across language barriers.
Opera singer Thomas Hampson and members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo form an unique musical sound.
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Three quarters of the world's poor are living without a bank account, impeded by physical distance from banks and by bureaucratic roadblocks, according to a World Bank report.
When the sun goes down over large swathes of the developing world, the 1.3 billion people currently living without access to an electricity connection are plunged into darkness.
Experiments on naked mole-rats may lead to better treatments with fewer side effects for humans suffering from painful inflammatory arthritis, according to a new study published Friday in the journal Science.
Last week the world welcomed its 7 billionth inhabitant. But behind the headlines is a complicated demographic picture -- and one that masks huge disparities. The current rate of growth means that there are 78 million more people every year. Nearly all of that growth -- 97 out of every 100 people - is occurring in less developed countries.
U.N. announces that the world population has reached seven billion. CNN's Richard Roth tries to survive.
Actor/director Gary Sinise introduces Top 10 CNN Hero Amy Stokes, who connects South African teens with mentors online.
Amy Stokes is redefining "family" for South African children affected by HIV, AIDS and poverty.
Not too long ago, the African stage belonged to Moammar Gadhafi.
In-vitro fertilization is growing fast in Nigeria, a country where childlessness can be seen as a social failure, especially for women.
After studying in the UK, Dr. Richard Ajayi returned to Nigeria in 1999 to set up the country's first IVF treatment clinic.
CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva explains why many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are being targeted in Libya.
About 13% of the world's population is undernourished, according to the most recent statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
It started with such a simple concept: A solar light bulb that charges up during the day and lights the night when the sun sets.
First Lady Michelle Obama gives dating advice and encourages the dreams of a group of British girls.
First lady Michelle Obama arrived in South Africa on Monday for the start of a weeklong trip that officials have said will focus on youth leadership and education, and include meetings with key figures in the anti-apartheid struggle.
Every minute of every day, a child laborer somewhere in the world suffers a work-related accident, illness or trauma, the International Labor Organization said Friday.
Hillary Clinton's weeklong trip to sub-Saharan Africa takes her to a continent hungry for economic growth and political accountability but still shackled by poverty and government corruption.
Shortly after dawn, an open blue wooden fishing boat from Libya limped its way into the port of this tiny island, crammed with at least 166 shivering passengers, all of them apparently migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Libyan refugees say they made the treacherous trip by sea to escape fighting in their country. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
The United Nations said Wednesday that about 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year, which amounts to roughly one third of all the food produced for human consumption.
The newly-released U.S. Census shows the U.S. population grew 9.7% to 308.7 million people over the past decade.
The planet's population, now almost 7 billion, is expected to reach the 9 billion mark before 2050, according to a revised United Nations projection announced Tuesday.
With the world's population set to reach the seven billion milestone later this year the challenge of feeding our planet has never been more urgent.
Omnivorous tilapia are one of the easiest and most profitable fish to farm - and they're sustainable.
It has been lauded as one of the most promising ways of using the market to reduce poverty and boost economies in some of the world's most deprived areas.
"So when will it be the turn of sub-Saharan Africa? When will the revolution move south?" That appears to be the "question-of-the-moment," inspired by the dictator-toppling protests of North Africa.
A Sudanese "Lost Boy" now runs a venture that helps young Africans around the world start businesses back home.
Garang Akau has cheated fate more than once in his short lifetime. While millions of his countrymen perished during Sudan's last civil war in the early 1980s, he managed to escape.
The Transport Ministry in Ghana has downplayed an incident involving two commercial jets at its main airport on Monday night which some media reports have described as a plane crash.
A leading African organization is spearheading a campaign to stop the use of the phrase "Sub-Saharan Africa," calling it a "disparaging and contemptuous" reference to nations south of the Sahara.
The number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth has dropped by a third in the past two decades, according to a report out Wednesday from four world bodies including Unicef and the World Health Organization.
Life as we know it would simply not exist without plants.
Men on the prowl for a date may want to add red to their wardrobe.
At least half of all Christians in sub-Saharan Africa believe Jesus will return to Earth in their lifetime -- part of a pattern that indicates the region is among the most religious places in the world, according to a huge new study.
American denialism threatens many areas of scientific progress, including the widespread fear of vaccines and the useless trust placed in the vast majority of dietary supplements quickly come to mind.
CNN's Christian Purefoy examines the challenges of life in the most-populous city in sub-Saharan Africa.
New HIV infections have fallen worldwide by 17 percent over the past eight years, a testament to prevention efforts, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.
There's an irony afoot on the African continent. After years of state control of their economies, African governments are opening up to foreign business as never before.
More than 2,500 Nigerians caught in the fighting between Islamic militants and government forces have fled their homes in the northern part of the country, a Red Cross spokeswoman said Wednesday.
As many as 150 people may have been killed as Islamic militants battled Nigerian government police and troops Sunday and Monday in the north-central part of the nation, officials said.
Doctors Without Borders has embarked on a massive vaccination campaign in three African countries to combat an outbreak of meningitis that has killed hundreds of people, the organization said Wednesday.
Malaria is preventable and curable, yet every 30 seconds, a child in sub-Saharan Africa dies from the disease, according to the World Health Organization.
For the past few decades when talking about malaria, public health officials and malaria experts have avoided the word "eradication."
A new map illustrating global malaria risk in unprecedented detail suggests that wiping out the disease in many parts of the world is possible.
Pope Benedict XVI refused Wednesday to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope.
Water is the key to life. It is fundamental to all human activities. Water grows the food we eat, generates the energy that supports our modern economies and maintains the ecological services on which we all depend. Yet billions of people worldwide still lack access to the most basic human right: safe, clean, adequate water.
A new study finds no signficant reduction in H.I.V. transmission rates among circumcised men who have sex with men, but the authors say the issue deserves future study
Boosting connectivity should do the same to the continent's social and economic health, granting citizens access to crucial online health, education and government services
One of the key elements of many business schools' student intake is its diversity -- leading programs often have dozens of nations represented, including some from developing economies.
Fewer people are dying of AIDS, more patients are on HIV medication and the global AIDS epidemic is stable after peaking in the late 1990s
The Spanish Interior Ministry says the death toll among migrants found packed aboard a boat trying to reach one of Spain's Canary Islands has risen to at least six.
Fifteen Africans died while trying to reach Spain's southern coast in a small, overcrowded boat, Spanish officials told CNN on Thursday.
Global warming is likely to increase illegal immigration, create humanitarian disasters and destabilize precarious governments in political hot spots according to an intelligence report
The number of conflicts in which child soldiers were involved dropped sharply from 27 in 2004 to 17 at the end of last year, according to a United Nations report
Food prices are soaring sending political shockwaves around the world but the reasons behind the looming crisis are numerous and complicated.
A village in India is taking on the country's plastic crisis, one bag at a time. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.
It is said that nowhere else on earth will the impacts of climate change be felt more acutely than in the developing world.
Fast, inexpensive, noninvasive patient exams offer hope for more effective treatment of heart disease in the developing world
Charles Kimando, a doctor in Kenya, has long been frustrated with his limited arsenal of drugs to treat malaria. The parasitic disease makes its appearance after heavy rains in Embu, the central Kenyan town where he is based. Kimando has access to a drug called Arsucam, but it treats malaria with two different pills, one of which tastes terrible and sometimes has side effects. "It can be hard to get people to take the available drugs," he says.
Surrounded by some of the biggest names in music, former South African President Nelson Mandela sounded another call to arms Saturday in the battle against HIV/AIDS.
Nelson Mandela urges youth to take responsibility in the fight against HIV/AIDS. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports
CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on revised U.N. AIDS estimates that do little to comfort AIDS sufferers in South Africa.
The number of people around the world living with the virus that causes AIDS is actually nearly seven million fewer than previous estimates, according to the United Nations.
When a business trip goes wrong, it really can go wrong. And we're not talking about cancelled flights, or being stuck in a hotel room due to floods.
A national shortage of doctors is hitting poor places the hardest, and efforts to bring in foreign physicians to fill the gap are running into a knot of restrictions from the war on terror and the immigration debate
President Bush asked Congress on Wednesday to triple the funding for his international AIDS initiative and extend the program an additional five years.
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz issued this statement Thursday:
THE BACKGROUND More than 850 million people live in a state of hunger. Malnutrition kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The majority of the hungry live in the ...
The background: More than 850 million people live in a state of hunger. Malnutrition kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The majority of the hungry live in the developing world, especially in India and sub-Saharan Africa.
Twenty-five years and 25 million deaths after the first AIDS diagnosis in San Francisco, drug companies are still looking for the Holy Grail in HIV research: a vaccine that would prevent infection.
To see white-haired Father Angelo D'Agostino, an 80-year-old Jesuit and doctor, you would almost certainly underestimate his strengths.
When most MBA students take on practical business exercises their main ambitions are a bit of useful experience and a good grade.
Some 39.5 million people are living with AIDS worldwide, according to a U.N. report released on Tuesday. "This year's report gives us real cause for concern," said U.N. AIDS chief Peter Piot, who warned the "global epidemic is growing in all areas."
Out of Africa, the headline news is usually related to the legendary four horsemen of the Apocalypse - pestilence, war, famine and death. No question, these horsemen run rampant on the continent; but there is another story worth hearing too.
Hear that giant sucking sound in the distance? It's not the roar of American jobs fleeing to developing countries, as Ross Perot famously warned more than a decade ago. It's the clamor of U.S. employers sucking in workers from developing countries to do the jobs we'll all be too old to manage ourselves in the not-too distant future.
AIDS invaded our consciousness 25 years ago. A whole generation around the world has now grown up knowing only a world with AIDS.
It's not the kind of milestone one wants to celebrate. On June 5, the 25th anniversary of the first published case of what was later identified as AIDS, an estimated 40 million people around the wo...
Child labor is on the decline -- especially in Latin America -- and its most egregious forms could be eliminated within the next decade, a U.N. agency said Thursday in a report it called "cautiously optimistic."
A young girl in Indonesia died of highly pathogenic bird flu last month, bringing the country's total number of confirmed H5N1 human cases to 30, the World Health Organization announced Tuesday.
COME WITH ME TO KIBERA: THE LARGEST SHANTYTOWN in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 500,000 people live in this vast illegal section of Nairobi, in mud huts on mud streets, with no fresh water or sanit...
Finance ministers from the world's wealthiest nations have agreed to a historic accord to cancel up to $55 billion worth of debt owed by the world's poorest nations.
The new head of the World Bank has praised a historic agreement by Group of Eight finance ministers to cancel up to $55 billion in foreign debt owed by some of the world's poorest nations.
CNN Financial Editor Todd Benjamin speaks to Franz Humer, chairman of Roche, Switzerland's second largest pharmaceuticals firm, who explains why it's sometimes lonely at the top.
Though the epicenter of last week's disaster was in the Indian Ocean, the devastating toll was felt worldwide.
The United Nations World Food Programme has added longitude and latitude to its hunger awareness campaign with the publication of an interactive map plotting the location of the world's hungriest people.
When asked how long it will take for the world's population to double, nearly half of all Americans say 20 years or less. That's hardly surprising, given the crowding many of us encounter in everyd...
The mix of citizens in developed countries is tilting toward the old. For youth, look to the Third World, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, where families average six-plus children each (see chart)....
Away from the glare of TV cameras that follow South Africa's Nelson Mandela, most of the 47 nations that make up sub-Saharan Africa are quietly jettisoning socialism in favor of economic liberaliza...
Some famous --and infamous names, such as members of the Mafia, are not on FORTUNE's list of billionaires, even though they have supposedly amassed huge piles of money. Their riches are hard to pro...
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