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The General Assembly hall at U.N.'s New York headquarters on May 12, 2006. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

U.S. Pushes Back Against U.N. Anti-Violence Resolutions

Wary of creeping international law, U.S. diplomats fight a rearguard action to limit the scope of two U.N. resolutions on women and children.

The "For Life" anti-abortion demonstration in Moscow's Sokolniki park on Sept. 14. (Joel van Houdt for Foreign Policy)

Putin’s Next Target Is Russia’s Abortion Culture

The Russian president is worried about his country’s shrinking population. His social-conservative allies say they have the solution.

A Syrian boy holds an AK-47 assault rifle in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas, including in Sheikh Maqsud. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP / DIMITAR DILKOFF        (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Has Failed its First Test on Child Soldiers

The State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons Report only enables serial abusers.

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Vladimir Putin Is Trying to Get Down With the Cool Kids

After years of wooing the middle-aged and elderly, the Kremlin is attempting to court young voters. And it's extremely awkward.

A young boy, wounded by shrapnel in his face and groin, is quickly treated at a clinic in the Samah neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq on Thursday, December 1, 2016. It was unclear if the medics were able to stop the boy's bleeding as he continued to drip blood through the gauze and bandages they wrapped him in before loading him into an ambulance.

The Lost Children of Mosul

Thousands of young Iraqis have been trapped, displaced, or killed as the fight to retake the city from the Islamic State enters its seventh month.

RECIFE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 12:  Juan Pedro, who has microcephaly and turned 1 year old on December 4, is held by his godmother Sinthia on December 12, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. As many of the babies with microcephaly, believed to be linked to the Zika virus, turn 1 year old in Recife, doctors and mothers are adapting and learning treatments to assist and calm the children. Many of the children are suffering a plethora of difficulties including vision and hearing problems with doctors now labeling the overall condition as "congenital Zika syndrome." Authorities have recorded thousands of cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants. Microcephaly results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders. The state with the most cases is Pernambuco, whose capital is Recife, and is being called the epicenter of the outbreak.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Condemned to Life in Zikaland

In Recife, Brazil’s ground zero of the Zika virus, a community struggles to deal with the devastating spread of microcephaly.

Italy's Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin gives a press conference after an EU ministerial meeting focused on EU public health mesures on the Ebola epidemic, in Brussels, October 16, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy Wants More Babies, But Doesn’t Want to Pay for Them

Italy tried to launch a campaign to promote fertility. Instead, it offended the population it meant to target.

Pakistani children of the EDHI welfare foundation watch the Burka Avenger cartoon on television in Karachi on July 28, 2013.  A new cartoon superhero disguised in a flowing black burka is set to debut on Pakistani television next month in an animated series which follows her battle for girls' education in Pakistan.  AFP PHOTO/ASIF HASSAN        (Photo credit should read )

Can Cartoons Save Pakistan’s Children From Jihad?

A bold movement of progressive publishers and artists is bringing new comic book heroes to Pakistan’s at-risk children.

Afghan policemen perform a drill during exercises as part of their graduation ceremony at a police training centre on the outskirts of Jalalabad, in Nangarhar province on August 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Noorullah Shirzada        (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan Forces Use Child Soldiers, and the U.S. Still Gives Them Money

The Afghan government swore to do away with the practice, and, under its own laws, the U.S. government is barred from funding countries that employ it. So why did the United States still fork over some $470 million?

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/03/04: Ambassador Al-Mouallimi speaks to the UN press corps. Amid speculation based upon the previous day's Security Council session on the crisis in Yemen, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United Nations Abdallah Al-Mouallimi spoke at a press briefing to reaffirm his nation's position that the existing Council Resolution 2216 provides a sufficient framework for political discussions surround Yemen and to deny that Saudi forces have been responsible in any way for the humanitarian crisis there. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Riyadh Beats Back U.N. Accusations of Yemen Abuses

The United Nations had Saudi Arabia on a list of the world’s worst abusers of children. Riyadh just succeeded in getting itself taken off.

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ISIS Is Training Indonesian ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ to Kill for the Cause

A video shows children as young as eight burning their Indonesian passports and learning to shoot.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 18:  Jars of Nutella are displayed on a shelf at a market on August 18, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  The threat of a Nutella shortage is looming after a March frost in Turkey destroyed nearly 70 percent of the hazelnut crops, the main ingredient in the popular chocolate spread. Turkey is the largest producer of hazelnuts in the world.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If Your Name Is Isis, You’re Not Getting a Personalized Jar of Nutella

A campaign to design your own Nutella label appears to be excluding anyone named Isis.

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Climate Change Is Apparently Bad for American Sex Lives

Americans have fewer babies 10 months after periods of 80 degree days.

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