Beyond the superhighways, gleaming skyscrapers and economic growth, China's young urban adults are often struggling, their dreams unfulfilled, their hopes for a better life elusive.
Monday is the final day of voting in India's six-week election. One big unknown is whether Muslims will vote for Narendra Modi, who is accused of failing to protect them from slaughter in 2002.
Mother's Day unfolds with a stream of stunning, emotional and beautiful pictures on social media. Here are some of our favorites.
Two days after signing an agreement to halt fighting, there was conflict in the town of Bentiu. The rebels and the government blamed each other for reneging on the pact.
NPR listeners shared photos of their early political memories and experiences. This is what we learned.
After Sam was drafted by the Rams, he celebrated by kissing his boyfriend. Sam will become the first openly gay player in the NFL.
There are nine men for every woman in nuclear engineering. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Maria Korsnick, the first female chief nuclear officer in the U.S., about her experience as a woman in the industry.
This week the Vatican faced a U.N. panel investigating priest sex abuse. The panel called for an end to what it called a Vatican "climate of impunity."
Women are underrepresented in the senior ranks of academic science, but they attend grad school in equal numbers as men. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to science correspondent Joe Palca about the disparity.
Pro-Moscow separatists hold their unofficial referendum on independence for eastern Ukraine on Sunday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondents Corey Flintoff and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
In Egypt, campaign season has kicked off for the presidential election later this month. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Leila Fadel from Cairo.
The Rock of Gibraltar is on a peninsula attached to Spain. It's been sovereign British territory for 301 years, but many Spaniards still say it belongs to them.
Thomas Piketty says governments must impose heavy taxes to break up concentrations of wealth. Edward Conard says governments should cut taxes to encourage wealthy people to pursue even bigger profits.
Simon Singh spotted the equation on a Homer Simpson blackboard. Had Homer just solved one of the toughest puzzles in math? His solution, crazily, seemed "valid" – so Singh checked Homer's numbers.
Residents of two fractious regions of eastern Ukraine began voting in a controversial referendum over sovereignty from the central government in Kiev.
The backlash against this year's winner, who performed in drag, highlights a rift between Europe's liberal side and the traditional values of Russia and other nations taking part.
In the seventh round of the NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams have picked Michael Sam, paving the way for him to be the first openly gay player in the league.
As testing for doping in sports becomes more sophisticated, so do the drugs. Looking at the recent history of cycling can make you wonder how many cheaters continue to slip by undetected.
America's first transcontinental railroad was completed with a golden spike 145 years ago. Thousands of Chinese workers helped build it, but their faces were left out of photos from that historic day.
Heads Up Football is leading hundreds of training sessions across the country to teach kids a safer stance to avoid head injury. But in the heat of the game, will they forget and hit headfirst?