October 30, 2011 |
At the end of a dirt road deep in the mountains, Consolacion Acay hobbled onto her porch and picked up her tools of the trade: a glass cup, a bamboo straw, a stone the size of an apricot pit and a bottle of potion. Then she began casting spells to heal her client. "I found this stone while I was swimming near waterfalls in the middle of the island," the unassuming 86-year-old said later. "That night I had a dream that taught me how to use the stone to heal people, and I've been doing it ever since.
February 25, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. military has determined that its forces weren't involved in the alleged abduction and killing of civilians in a troubled province in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday. "In recent months, a thorough review has confirmed that no coalition forces have been involved in the alleged misconduct in Wardak province," Lt. Col. Les Carroll, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, said in a statement. A day earlier, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused U.S. special forces troops and Afghans working for them of torturing civilians in Wardak, a strategic but violence-wracked province southwest of the capital, Kabul.
April 6, 2012 |
AREHA, Syria - Five times a day, for 15 years, the muezzin made the call to prayer from the mosque's minaret, which rose high above the roofs of the modest homes surrounding it. When soldiers, their tanks positioned throughout the city, asked him whether rebel fighters used the minaret, he told them, "I swear no one goes up there except for me. " But a few Sundays ago, when Areha was under near-constant bombardment, a shell slammed into...
October 29, 2010 |
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- The province of Kwa Zulu Natal, which has among the highest rate of HIV infections in South Africa, will offer circumcision to prisoners in a bid to stop the transmission of the virus in jails. Recent HIV testing in the province indicated that of 710,000 people tested for the virus, more than 150,000 were infected. A campaign on HIV aims to test 15 million South Africans, around a third of he population, by next June. The provincial government’s head of health, Dr. Sinbongiseni Dhlomo, said more than 10,000 men had been circumcised in the province since a campaign to increase circumcisions began in April.
February 24, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ordered U.S. special forces troops to leave a strategic eastern province, accusing the Americans and Afghans working for them of torturing and abducting civilians. Karzai's office charged that in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul, a university student who was detained during a U.S. operation was later found with his head and fingers cut off. In another case, U.S. forces allegedly detained nine villagers who are still missing.
January 9, 2011 |
One spring morning last year, I stuffed my rucksack with things I bring on camping trips in the U.S.: fleece, books 'n' socks, toothbrush, bug spray, sunshades. Then I shouldered my mandolin case, unlatched my apartment gate and stepped into the sunshine. I suspected this trip would be a bit different from my previous trips to American national parks. OK, a lot different: I live in Hanoi, and I was heading to fledgling national parks in southwestern China. My first challenge was getting to the parks on a shoestring budget — that is, without flying.