In Southern California, there are some special creatures that have adapted and thrived in an urban environment. Some advocates for conservation and the environment say a city may be the perfect man-made space for some endangered species. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
A debate is heating up in Kenya about the number of women seeking and dying from illegal and dangerous abortions. Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless a mother's life is in danger. The pro-choice group Marie Stopes estimates about 2,600 women die each year from unsafe abortions. But some faith-based groups say women facing an unwanted pregnancy have other options. Rael Ombuor reports from Nairobi, but first we should caution this story may be disturbing to some viewers.
The United Nations is highlighting zero tolerance for female genital mutilation, or FGM. In a statement this week, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called it an "abhorrent human rights violation affecting women and girls around the world." FGM has sparked a global clash between those who define it as a cultural tradition and those who say it is a dangerous ritual that should end. Hayde Adams Fitzpatrick has more. But first a warning: Some may find the content of this report disturbing.
Weather extremes in 2018 included wildfires in California and Greece, drought in South Africa and floods in Kerala, India. Record levels of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels, trap ever more heat