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Youths Practice Sri Lankan Martial Art

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Culture

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Advocates Urge Mexico City to Further Ease Way for Minors to Make Legal Gender Change

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureHuman RightsPolitics

Officials in the capital city agreed in 2015 to make it cheaper and simpler for people to request a formal gender change on legal identity documents, but the change excluded those under 18, who must still submit to a court trial. Supporters are lobbying for alterations in Mexico City’s planned new constitution that would give minors the right to request gender and name changes through the administrative proceeding rather than a court proceeding.

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Nepalese Trail Runner Guides Others to the Top of the Game

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

Mira Rai, a former Maoist soldier and would-be migrant worker, pursued trail running and has risen to the top of the field, winning multiple local and international races. Her success is inspiring a new generation of young women to take up sports as a career.

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Nepalese Mourn Religious, Cultural Sites Damaged and Destroyed in 2015 Earthquake

Region: Nepal

Topics: CultureEnvironmentHealth

Some of Nepal’s most beloved religious and cultural sites were damaged or destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake, and local people say they’re grieving the loss of favorite places of worship. Reconstruction will take years, and it’s not clear when those projects will begin.

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Women Bound to Muslim Law in Sri Lanka Seek Changes to End Discrimination

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: CultureHuman Rights

Muslims in Sri Lanka are obligated to comply with Muslim Law and a corresponding court system when it comes to marriage, inheritances and other personal matters, but women there say that system is discriminatory. Proposed changes to that law could end discrimination and give Muslim women a way out of abusive relationships.

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Featured Photo: Nepal: God Dance

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

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In Nepal, Dancing Into the New Year

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

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In a Towering Chariot, a Deity Visits the Streets of Nepal’s Capital

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

For three days, crowds gather in the narrow streets of Nepal’s capital city as a towering chariot passes by. It is the annual festival of Seto Machhendranath — a deity worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus.

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Traditional Dancers at Zambian Carnival

Region: Zambia

Topics: Culture

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Feature Photo: Zimbabwe: Face Painting

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Culture

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