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Global Perceptions of U.S. Leadership Improve in 2013

Gallup and Meridian International on April 10th released their fifth annual report on how U.S. leadership is perceived around the world at the Gallup Building in Washington, DC. The U.S. received the highest global approval ratings out of five global powers, including Germany, China, the European Union, and Russia.

Welcome to Around the World! This week we feature a discussion on the future of diplomacy and digital diplomacy.

Photo Friday: Rwanda Commemorates 20 Years After Genocide

This week marked the two decade anniversary of one of 100 days that scarred and shaped the international community: the Rwandan genocide.

It was the 7th of April 1994 that marked the beginning of what would later become one of the world's biggest regrets. Approximately 800,000 Rwandans of Tutsi origin were killed by another Rwandan ethnic group, the Hutus.

Welcome to Around the World! This week we feature a celebration of Global Crowdfunding Day, an examination of Afghanistan's elections, a look back at the Rwandan genocide, and more.

Photo Friday: One Million Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

More than one million Syrian refugees are currently living in Lebanon—a tragic record that was reached this week.

Following Russia's invasion of Crimea, NATO officials announced on Tuesday that it was suspending all military and civilian cooperation with Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, severing ties with a nation that it has been treating like a partner since 1997.

Japan’s Struggle to Define Recovery After Fukushima

On March 11th, Japan paused to remember those who perished in the Tohoku earthquake-tsunami three years ago. Today, the nuclear reactors at Fukushima still have 400 tons of cooling water added to them each day, and contaminated water continues to leak into the ocean and soil. According to Japan’s Reconstruction Agency, 267,419 people have not been able to return to their homes and are living in prefabricated houses or hospitals. In many areas, radiation levels remain elevated, and no one knows when those displaced by the disaster will be able to return to a normal life.

Welcome to Around the World! This week we feature a look at the 2014 Top Global Women, the victims of human trafficking, bad diplomatic speeches, and more.

Photo Friday: No Women Allowed to Serve Lunch at Nuclear Security Summit

In the 21st century, one would assume we are living in times of gender-equality, at least in most parts of the world. However, it seems like that is not the case, because—to the shock of many—women were banned from catering the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) that took place in The Hague this week.

Satellites can track any phone conversation or message that any phone around the world makes. Hackers can access a computer from the other side of the globe, agencies can operate drones from another country but somehow, despite the baffling technological advances of our century, it is still possible for a plane to completely vanish.

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