The spike in neo-Nazi violence against immigrants over the last decade has not deterred one black man from running for higher office in the southwestern corner of the country. Joaquim Crima is the first African-born Russian citizen to run for political office.
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At least 715 people are confirmed dead after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and the government says thousands more may still be trapped under the rubble. Rescue workers are trying to cope.
China's display on its national holiday was precisely choreographed -- a projection of the power that China has, and the global power that it has become. A fireworks display capped off the spectacle that featured a huge display of military might.
Tourists flock to Malaysia to take in the spectacle of the country's millions of fireflies. But their glow is fading, as deforestation threatens the environment that sustains the insects.
At least 240 people have died and more than 450,000 have been displaced in the Philippines due to severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana.
Economic concerns have dominated the debate leading up to Sunday's national elections in Germany. Polls show a tight race.
More than 500 schools were destroyed when Pakistan's army launched an offensive in Swat Valley to root out Taliban fighters. Now, Pakistan is trying to re-open schools before winter.
Buses come to Argentina from neighboring countries for health treatment, but many Argentinians complain that their tax dollars can no longer subsidize the overused and abused health system.
Millions of people in China lack basic health care coverage. In an effort to expand coverage, the government has devoted $125 billion to health care reform -- but challenges remain.