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India: An armless boy is a great swimmer

India: An armless boy is a great swimmer

More than a dream: An Indian boy is inspiring his countrymen after being successful at swimming. But what makes Abdul Qadir's story remarkable, is that he has achieved this, despite having no arms.
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Netherlands: Floating Cow Stalls

Netherlands: Floating Cow Stalls

If you're looking for a traditional countryside barn you're in the wrong place. This one is high-tech: Floating solar cells supply it with electricity, the cows are milked by robots, and another robot collects their manure.
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Senegal: Successful family planning

Senegal: Successful family planning

West Africa has one of the highest birth rates in the world, with traditional values typically resulting in large families with lots of mouths to feed. This often means a financial burden on young couples but also affects the reproductive and over...
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India: Why many young women commit suicide

India: Why many young women commit suicide

India has a major problem around female suicide. Almost 40 percent of women who kill themselves globally live in India. This is much higher than the suicide rate for Indian men. A report published recently calls what's going on in India a public h...
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Chile: Students fight for constitutional reform

Chile: Students fight for constitutional reform

Chile has been rocked by three weeks of sometimes violent protests demanding constitutional reform and greater equality. DW met up with one student leader for whom the last few weeks have been unusually hectic.
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Ethiopia: Jews want to emigrate to Israel

Ethiopia: Jews want to emigrate to Israel

In Gondar, thousands of Ethiopians practicing Judaism have hopes of moving to Israel. They live in difficult conditions, often separated from close relatives.
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What Should Be Done To Rein In Big Tech

What Should Be Done To Rein In Big Tech

Technology giants like Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google are under an investigation for anticompetitive behavior.
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NYPD Program Offers Free Mental Health Care_Clean

NYPD Program Offers Free Mental Health Care_Clean

With the 10th NYC police officer to die by suicide this year, the NYPD is offering its officers confidential mental health care from outside sources.
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NYPD Program Offers Free Mental Health Care

NYPD Program Offers Free Mental Health Care

With the 10th NYC police officer to die by suicide this year, the NYPD is offering its officers confidential mental health care from outside sources.
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Yes, there are penguins in Africa, but for how long?

Yes, there are penguins in Africa, but for how long?

It is believed that more than two million penguins once lived along the coast of Namibia and South Africa. Now only a tiny fraction remains. An organization in Cape Town is trying to put a stop to the downward spiral of the seabird's population.
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Germany: Kurds worry for families in Syria

Germany: Kurds worry for families in Syria

Syrian Kurds abroad are worried about what is happening in their homeland. In Berlin, they take to the streets to remind Germans of the plight of their loved ones. DW met with one who has made a new life in Germany but maintains a connection with ...
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Nigeria: A second chance through dance

Nigeria: A second chance through dance

Officials say Nigeria has more than 10 million children who are missing out on education. So how can they find their way back into classrooms? DW discovered how dance is helping some of them find the focus they need to keep learning.
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India: Curbs on the media in Kashmir

India: Curbs on the media in Kashmir

Two months after India suspended autonomy in Indian-controlled Kashmir, reporters there still face severe restrictions. Local media outlets are struggling to report freely under an unprecedented communications blackout. What does that mean for Kas...
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Gemany: A son in search of his roots

Gemany: A son in search of his roots

Jean-Paul Garcia experiences an emotional moment as he retrieves the possessions the Nazis seized from his father during World War II.
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Kenya: Bees not cattle for the Maasai

Kenya: Bees not cattle for the Maasai

With the decline of livestock herding due to drought and shrinking communal lands, the Maasai community in Kenya is slowly embracing commercial bee farming.
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Peru: A farmer takes on the loggers

Peru: A farmer takes on the loggers

In mid-2019 a Peruvian court sentenced the Tamshi cocoa company for illegal deforestation in establishing plantations in the Amazon, and ordered the company to pay four million euros. DW met a farmer who had refused to sell his land to the firm.
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Northern Iraq: Postwar Boom

Northern Iraq: Postwar Boom

The Islamic State's war in Iraq also paralyzed the Kurdish region even though it was largely spared from the fighting. Now the economy there is recovering from the disruption.
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Germany: Therapy Ban for Homosexuality

Germany: Therapy Ban for Homosexuality

Germany wants to become the second EU country to ban the controversial practice.
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Bangladesh: Prostitution in Refugee Camps

Bangladesh: Prostitution in Refugee Camps

Life is grim for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh's sprawling camps. They are not allowed to work and are reduced to begging. Many women turn to the sex industry, while others are lured into prostitution abroad by empty promises of jobs and marriage.
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Low Calories And Exercise Can Make Bones Fragile

Low Calories And Exercise Can Make Bones Fragile

New research shows that being in a constant caloric deficit combined with intense exercise can hurt our bones.
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Mauritius: A model for religious tolerance

Mauritius: A model for religious tolerance

Pope Francis wraps up his tour of Africa with a celebration of diversity on the island of Mauritius, where he will pay tribute to 19th-century missionary Father Jacques Laval, who worked for tolerance and is revered by members of all religions on ...
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Yemen: Culture in times of civil war

Yemen: Culture in times of civil war

Since the beginning of Yemen's civil war, the country's cultural life has essentially come to a standstill. DW's Fanny Facsar met people there who believe that the best path toward peace and a return to normal life is through the pursuit of the arts.
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Mediterranean: Sea rescue from the air

Mediterranean: Sea rescue from the air

DW Correspondent Max Zander accompanies a Sea Watch plane on the lookout for migrants in the Mediterranean. The reconnaissance flight route is roughly 70 miles off the Libyan coast, the central Mediterranean route between northern Africa and Europe.
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Germany: Swimming instructor at 102

Germany: Swimming instructor at 102

Berliner Leo Kuchwalek is 102 years old. When he retired, forty years ago, he qualified as a swimming instructor and has been teaching children to swim ever since. It keeps him fit and active, and the kids enjoy having a swimming teacher who is so...
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Russia: Motorway crosses nuclear waste dump

Russia: Motorway crosses nuclear waste dump

A proposed new highway is stoking health fears because it may cross a nuclear waste dump. Authorities say there is no risk of contamination, but locals have taken to the streets to protest.
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Bolivia: Child Labor Completely Legal

Bolivia: Child Labor Completely Legal

Bolivia has the world's lowest minimum age for child labor. Children there can work legally for themselves or their families. Once they hit 12, they can work for others. It's estimated that there are around 850,000 child laborers.
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Escape from East Berlin

Escape from East Berlin

When they began building the Berlin Wall, Hartmut Richter knew he had to escape. In the 28 years that the Berlin Wall divided the city, at least 136 people were killed trying to get to West Berlin. Richter risked his life and went on to help more ...
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Woodstock: Business with the Past

Woodstock: Business with the Past

On the 50th anniversary of the iconic rock fest, DW visits Woodstock, where 'peace, love, and rock and roll' never gets old.
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Germany: How Children escaped the Holocaust

Germany: How Children escaped the Holocaust

Kurt Marx was allowed to flee Nazi Germany when he was 13, just months before the Second World War began. He, and 10,000 mostly Jewish children, were granted refuge in the UK.. On a recent visit to Berlin, the 94-old retraced a painful journey.
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Pakistan: Work instead of School

Pakistan: Work instead of School

The world is likely to fail to meet its commitments on education. Under the UN Sustainable Development Goals, all children should be in school by 2030. But a third of the way towards the deadline, a review paints a bleak picture, especially for lo...
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South Africa: Successful HIV Prevention Campaigns

South Africa: Successful HIV Prevention Campaigns

An HIV prevention project in South Africa has been hugely successful in raising awareness and reducing the number of cases.
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Lebanon: Why Refugees are Destroying their Houses

Lebanon: Why Refugees are Destroying their Houses

Lebanon, which has taken in more refugees per capital than any other country, has now declared some refugee camps for Syrians illegal. Some Syrians have to demolish their own homes.
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Thailand: Diver tells of rescuing cave boys

Thailand: Diver tells of rescuing cave boys

One of the divers in the dramatic rescue of boys from a Thai cave tells DW one year on about the breathtaking experience of not knowing whether they would find the boys dead or alive.
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Threatened journalists in Mexico

Threatened journalists in Mexico

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Reporter Dulcina Parra was kidnapped and barely escaped murder. She reports again and again on cases of corruption and the machinations of the powerful drug cartels.
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Hope for new government in Greece

Hope for new government in Greece

Change of government in Greece: Many people have high expectations of the new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. These include the fishing family Labadarious and the unemployed Vicky Paraskevou. DW has spoken with both of them.
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LGBT activists remember Stonewall riots

LGBT activists remember Stonewall riots

In the early hours of June 28th 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. The protests that ensued lasted for days and are seen as a watershed moment in the fight for LGBT rights in the United States.
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Russia: The Shies Anti-garbage Activists

Russia: The Shies Anti-garbage Activists

Activists in the town of Shies, in northwestern Russia, have built a tent city to prevent the construction of a landfill. Investors claim the garbage dump's environmental impact will be considered but the skeptical activists are standing their gro...
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India: Free Transport for Delhi women

India: Free Transport for Delhi women

Delhi plans to make all publicly funded transport means free for women as a safety measure. The argument is that affordable transport will encourage more women to join the work force and allow more women access to public spaces dominated by men.
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Mexico: mothers are looking for missing sons

Mexico: mothers are looking for missing sons

Violence between drug cartels is thought to be behind the disappearance of tens of thousands of people in Mexico. As authorities fail to provide answers, a group of mothers has embarked on a desperate search for bodies.
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Russia: a unique residential home

Russia: a unique residential home

In an experimental nursing home in Russia, senior citizens and disabled children live together. The home is an appeal for tolerance in a society where the disabled often face discrimination.
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Mozambique: life is hard after the cyclone

Mozambique: life is hard after the cyclone

Large parts of Mozambique were devastated when cyclone Idai swept across the country in early March. More than 1000 people died, hundreds of thousands are homeless, essential supplies are lacking. The port city of Beira was hit particularly hard. ...
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Germany: asylum for Hong Kong refugees

Germany: asylum for Hong Kong refugees

Memories of Tiananmen Square were still fresh when Britain negotiated the handover of Hong Kong to China. The UK insisted that the right to assemble and protest be protected. DW met up with two Hong Kong dissidents who have found asylum in Germany.
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Militias chase migrants in the US

Militias chase migrants in the US

Jim Benvie is the leader of a controversial armed vigilante group in the US. Heavily-armed members of this group go out every night to find and detain people crossing the border. Human rights organizations are outraged.
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Thailand: The problems of elephant tourism

Thailand: The problems of elephant tourism

Nueng the elephant is an attraction for rides - though it's unlikely to be his choice. The 30 year old male is one of the elephants in the Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.
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Sri Lanka: Search for missing people

Sri Lanka: Search for missing people

Ten years after the civil war, people are still searching for loved ones who disappeared during the conflict. Various commissions have been set up over the years to address the issue of the missing but many people are skeptical about them.
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Germany: Equal rights for people with disabilities

Germany: Equal rights for people with disabilities

Natalie Dedreux fights for equal rights for the disabled. She has launched a petition to ban free blood tests for the early detection of gene defects. "Down syndrome is cool", she says.
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Uganda: Snake men from Lake Victoria

Uganda: Snake men from Lake Victoria

Musambwa, an island on Lake Victoria in Uganda, is inhabited only by men - and snakes. About a thousand deadly cobras inhabit the island - seen by the fishermen who live there as spirits, rather than just snakes.
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Germany: Dispute about Holocaust remembrance

Germany: Dispute about Holocaust remembrance

The "Alternative for Germany" is trying to chip away at Germany's culture of remembrance and its memorials to the victims of Nazi atrocities. Lamenting that young people were being made to feel guilty, the party appears to see no problem in forget...
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