Relatives, friends and supporters of Israeli hostages held in Gaza since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants in southern Israel hold placards and images of those taken, during a protest for their release in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
WORLD / Society
Nov 24, 2023
'You are in a safe place': Israel prepares to embrace hostages
Experts have warned that many hostages held by Palestinian militants could face a long road to recovery.
A home that was burned in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack in Kissufim, an Israeli kibbutz. Antisemitic and Islamophobic hate speech has soared on social media platforms since the war broke out between Hamas and Israel.
WORLD / Society
Nov 16, 2023
Antisemitic and anti-Islam hate speech surges across the internet
On Oct. 7, the day Hamas attacked Israel, the hashtag #HitlerWasRight appeared on X, formerly known as Twitter. Over the next month, more than 46,000 posts featured the hashtag, often alongside language that called for violence against Jews.
An pride flag is seen under a rubber door mat at an entrance to a basement of an office building in Kherson, Ukraine, in 2022.
WORLD / Society
Nov 14, 2023
Can EU talks boost LGBTQ+ rights in Ukraine, Moldova and Bosnia?
Several candidate countries have faced criticism over lack of protecting LGBTQ+ rights.
Palestinians prepare food next to destroyed buildings in Khan Younis on Monday.
WORLD / Society
Nov 14, 2023
Nothing to sell: Empty shelves in southern Gaza as population swells
Shortages of food, water, fuel and other goods have been worsening since Israel launched a military offensive and imposed a siege on the Gaza Strip.
People attend a demonstration against antisemitism on Sunday as antisemitic offenses surged in in France.
WORLD / Society
Nov 13, 2023
French marches against antisemitism rally over 180,000 people
The march comes after a surge in anti-Jewish incidents across the country following the eruption of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants.
Pope Francis greets people during the weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
WORLD / Society
Nov 9, 2023
Transgender people can be godparents or baptized, Vatican says
The Vatican's doctrinal office posted three pages of questions and answers on the topic in response to queries from a bishop in Brazil.
A Palestinian family sits near destroyed houses following a strike in Rafah on the southern Gaza Strip on Monday
WORLD / Society
Nov 7, 2023
Civilians trapped in Gaza are running out of food, fuel and hope
Residents of Gaza are having to make difficult calculations about their safety in a place where supplies of food and water are rapidly dwindling.


Yoshiko Koide sits in a classroom at Nagoya College where she teaches a Japanese-language observation seminar.
How a dictionary came to spark outrage among the web’s otaku