World leaders have celebrated Earth Day today by gathering in New York to sign a historic climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But some of the most vital environmental work is being done by ordinary citizens with extraordinary courage. People like subsistence farmers and tribal leaders in the poorest countries are standing up to some of the world's most powerful industries. And a growing number of them have been attacked — and sometimes murdered — for trying to protect the environment.

Saul Gonzalez

With the exception of maybe the cowboy, is there any job more typically “American” than being a trucker? Now, it’s time to rethink that as the industry increasingly depends on drivers from many parts of the world.

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Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto has proposed a law that would legalize medical marijuana for limited use.

"This is a very limited opening to medical marijuana and the operative word is limited," says Alejandro Hope, a security expert and senior editor at El Post Daily based in Mexico City.

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In the past century, hundreds of thousands of Japanese immigrated to Brazil. In cities like São Paulo, whole neighborhoods feature Japanese street signs, shops and restaurants. Around 1.4 million people of Japanese descent now live in the South American country — the largest population outside Japan.

But in the last 25 years, a wave of Japanese Brazilians has moved to Japan. A 1990 Japanese law allows people of Japanese descent to settle in Japan for work. Of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have done so, many work challenging jobs in factories.

Cartoonists from around the world are mourning Prince

Apr 22, 2016
Joep Bertrams

Political cartoons are such an interesting window into a country's culture. You learn a lot about what people find funny there, or what flavor of sarcasm fits — all while learning about a specific political or cultural event.

But there are moments where the feeling is universal.

Cartoonists from around the world are mourning Prince, who died on Thursday at his home in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57 years old.

He leaves behind a massive body of work and millions of heartbroken fans.

In a colorful, 16-panel cartoon called "Dangerous Love," China is warning female government workers that romancing handsome foreigner strangers can lead to heartbreak — and espionage.

"Junk food? Not at McDonald's!"

At least, that's what the fast-food chain hopes to convince Israel's health minster.

The gutsy slogan appeared at the top of full-page advertisements in Israeli newspapers last weekend after health minister Yakov Litzman called for a boycott of McDonald's in Israel – part of a new push to combat ballooning obesity and unhealthy eating habits in the country.

Why is this Passover different from any other? Because the story that the Jewish holiday commemorates — the exodus of the ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt to freedom — resonates more strongly than ever in a world embroiled in a refugee crisis that encompasses approximately 60 million people, the highest number ever recorded, according to United Nations statistics.

Venezuela's government says it will be shutting off the power for four hours a day. It's the country's latest effort to save energy, amid a drought that has caused water levels to plunge at a hydroelectric dam that produces most of Venezuela's electricity.

"It's necessary, it's a sacrifice," Electricity Minister Luis Motta Dominguez said in a televised speech Thursday, according to news reports.

The first cruise ship to sail between the U.S. and Cuba in more than 50 years can now carry passengers who were born in Cuba, after the island nation eased its ban against native-born Cubans returning by boat. The cruise ship, operated by Carnival, is set to depart Miami for Cuba on May 1.