Global leaders promised a decade ago to end poverty by 2015. With just five years left, the U.N. General Assembly -- including an estimated 140 heads of state -- will meet this week to assess progress. How much good has been done? Here's a hint: not enough.
The rural, conservative refugees from Pakistan’s floods have not only lost their homes, but also their entire way of life.
The residents of Buenos Aires's Villa 31 have been shunted to the side for as long as they can remember. Now, they're looking to assert their identity in an unfriendly city.
Imagine if the drought this summer near Moscow happened near Chicago or Beijing. Lester Brown has, and he's afraid.
In recent months, humanitarian groups in Afghanistan have begun to cooperate much more closely with the Taliban to deliver their services. Is that a bad thing?
The first 10 years of the 21st century were humanity's finest -- even for the world's bottom billion.
The world has virtually wiped out polio, eradicated smallpox, and slowed the spread of HIV/AIDS. But when it comes to the deadly influenza virus, all governments seem to do is panic.
Suicide rates for troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are out of control, and post-traumatic stress disorder is reaching epidemic proportions. But is the Pentagon willing to tally the true cost of war?
A study reveals how deeply the wounds of conflict have cut the Central African Republic -- and not where you would expect.
Why is Beijing winning health grants at the expense of African countries?
Barack Obama's administration is taking an expansive, ambitious approach to global health. Does that mean giving up on combating HIV/AIDS?
Why Steve Jobs should let Africans buy his new toy.
How Obamacare could spark the brain drain of physicians from the developing world.
Drug treatment in Southeast Asia is brutal, exploitative, and practically worthless.
Be not troubled by Robert Paarlberg's scaremongering. Organic practices can feed the world -- better, in fact, than wasteful industrial farming.
Could a new weapon deal the definitive blow in the long battle of man vs. mosquito? Forget bed nets; think lasers. Nathan Myhrvold, Bill Gates's ideas guy, tells FP about his plans to defeat malaria.
A look inside the hunt for a white, powdery killer.
Are you a globalization junkie? Then test your knowledge of global trends, economics, and politics with 8 questions about how the world works.
How governments concealed the extent of the H1N1 pandemic and risking the outbreak of a virus that's even more deadly.
A Ugandan Parliamentarian wants to outlaw homosexuality and prescribe the death penalty for having sex while HIV positive. The worse news is, he might actually get what he wants.
The best-selling author of Outbreak has an exclusive tale for FP about a catastrophe of global proportions. And by the way, it's not fiction.
How former U.S. Global AIDS coordinator Mark Dybul ditched the bureaucracy, stopped intergovernmental turf wars, pushed for results, and helped create an anti-poverty machine that actually works.
Noble Prize-winning scientist Norman Borlaug died Sept 12, but his ideas and the green revolution they produced are still transforming agriculture in Asia. Next stop: Africa.