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World Food Day Highlights the Global Imbalance of Food Distribution

Today marks the second annual World Food Day—instituted by the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and 262 private voluntary organizations as a day to observe the international state of hunger and food distribution. It came to light earlier this year that Americans waste 40 percent of their food every day, while 1 in 7 worldwide do not receive enough nutrition, according to the U.N. How can the scale be tipped back into balance? This is the question World Food Day seeks to illuminate at a local and global level.

14-year-old Pakistani Activist is Flown to Britain for Specialized Care

Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani who was targeted and shot by the Taliban for speaking publicly about her right to education, is being flown to Britain for specialized care. When Malala was shot by Taliban gunmen on her schoolbus last Tuesday, she quickly became an icon of inspiration for her bold stand for human rights. Ever since, the world has waited, hoped and prayed for her full recovery from the gunshot wounds. And now that she is en route to specialized rehabilitation, doctors are hopeful about her condition.

South Africa’s Surprising Source of Empowerment for Women

In South African township Soweto, women who have long struggled under the effects of poverty and apartheid are finding new entrepreneurial opportunities through Avon. Where unemployment rates are high, these women are launching their own businesses selling makeup, hair products and perfume—and because of it, they are earning income comparable to an employed man’s monthly earnings.

International Day of the Girl Inspires Creative Solutions

In honor of International Day of the Girl, CNN in partnership with global organization 10×10 has asked women around the world to fill in the blank: Girls + Education = _________. The result, in photos, is a striking collection of human inspiration and strength.

As many today observe this day and attempt to right the wrongs that often fall to women across the world, the various answers to this equation, as these girls see it, could stir global change.

Invisible Children Co-Founder Jason Russell is Back

Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell has been out of the public eye since his #Kony12 video went viral last March, followed by his public breakdown. But last night, Russell reappeared to talk to Oprah about what happened, what’s next for Invisible Children and why he’s still fighting to free child soldiers around the world.

Analysts Uncertain, yet Optimistic, About the Global Forecast of Grain Supply

As the global demand for corn continues to rise, analysts are waiting to see the effect the U.S. drought will have on the international grain industry. Corn is increasingly being used to convert into ethanol in the U.S. and in high demand in China where it it used to feed into the meat industry, and it has yet to be seen how this year’s significant loss in harvest will impact grain use across the globe.

Apple Faces Protests This Morning

Protesters will stage demonstrations at several Apple stores around the world to show concern about the treatment of the company’s suppliers’ factory workers in China.

Syrian Forces Kill 20 at Anti-Assad Protest

Syrian forces shot dead 20 people on Friday and flooded rural areas around Damascus with troops to try to end six months of demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

Car-Free Day for EU Capital Residents

Brussels will free its streets of cars and heavy traffic this Sunday as it celebrates its 11th annual car-free day, marking a week when cities across Europe promote cycling and other green transport

AmeriCares Launches $500,000 Program for Victims of Hurricane Irene

AmeriCares expanded its Hurricane Irene response with the launch of a $500,000 U.S. Disaster Recovery Initiative to aid survivors of Irene and other recent emergencies.

Pakistan’s Taliban Kills Five in School Bus Attack

Gunmen from the Pakistani Taliban fired grenade launchers and AK-47’s at a school bus on Tuesday, killing the driver, four children and injuring 18 others.

Haiti Death Toll Tops 200,000

With the news that the death toll in Haiti has topped 200,000, the U.N. has…

ONE’s Recap of 2009

This 2009 recap video (embedded below) from ONE is great—it reminds us what we’re all…