Worldfocus blogger Hsin-Yin Lee writes about her personal experience with the health consequences of climate change. She explains how the number of Taiwanese people with significant eye irritation has surged by 20-30 percent since mid-March, since the onset of the worst-ever dust storms from mainland China.
March 24 was World Tuberculosis Day, so Worldfocus decided to take a deeper look at a disease that has long been a deadly threat. Tonight's Worldfocus special edition includes a piece by Debra Daugherty about how one South African community has combated the disease. Read more about this public health campaign in Cape Town.
Compared to other regions, the Arab world has been experiencing one of the fastest population growth rates -- over 2% per year -- which has led to more than its doubling within the last 30 years. Worldfocus discusses Middle Eastern demographics with Patrick Gerland, a demographer at the United Nations Population Division.
In Germany, there are increasing calls by Catholic groups for Pope Benedict to make a statement about a growing scandal involving violence and sexual abuse. The latest chapter involves allegations of such abuse against children in a boys' choir. For more on the sex scandal, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Nikolaus Piper, and Deutsche Welle reports.
Worldfocus partner GlobalPost brings us a revealing story from Egypt that shows a variation on the pillar of Western-style marketing -- sex sells. But, as John Jensen reports, sex is being used to promote better health, and in the process, these advertisements are also breaking some taboos.
As the battle for Marjah goes on, NATO is making plans for an even larger campaign in Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest city and a center of the Taliban insurgency. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute about the strategy, and Deutsche Welle reports on the legacy of Russia's war in Afghanistan.
Russians considered fast food items to be delicacies back in 1990, when the cuisine first arrived in Moscow. McDonald's opened in the Russian capital 20 years ago, and the company recently marked the anniversary. Oksana Boyko of Russia Today reports how McDonald's was more than just fast food.
Worldfocus associate producer Mohammad Al-Kassim spent five days in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince one month after the devastating earthquake there. He met a Canadian volunteer who has fallen in love with a young boy in her care.
Two days after a massive earthquake in Chile, there is now a desperate struggle to find people who may have survived. Officials now say at least 723 people died, and 19 others are missing. For more on the earthquake's impact on the Chilean economy, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Susan Segal, and Mariana Sanchez reports from Chile for Al Jazeera English.
Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner writes how survivors of the Haitian earthquake need quick solutions that may not come in time for the punishing rainy season that starts in May. Eisner says that Haitians now face the looming threat of disease, misery in makeshift tent camps and a lack of adequate food and water.