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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Poor migrants in Africa sought a living in the thriving underground economy of Gauteng province, a name that roughly translates to "land of gold." Instead of fortune, many found death, their bodies unnamed and unclaimed — more than 4,300 in Gauteng between 2014 and 2017 alone.

Some of those lives ended here at the Olifantsvlei cemetery, in silence, among tufts of grass growing over tiny placards that read: Pauper Block. There are coffins so tiny that they could only belong to children.

As people worldwide flee war, hunger and a lack of jobs, global migration has soared to record highs, with more than 258 million international migrants in 2017. That is an in


Pakistan's Supreme Court has acquitted a Christian Asia Bibi who has been on death row for almost eight years on blasphemy charges. Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the 2010 conviction against Bibi for insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The charge of blasphemy carries the death penalty in this majority Muslim nation.

Bibi's acquittal immediately raised fears of religious violence — and presented a challenge to the government of new Prime Minister Imran Khan who came to power this summer partly by pursuing the Islamist agenda. Khan warned Islamist protesters on Wednesday night not to "test the patience of the state."

Bibi remained at an undisclosed location Thursday whe


CHICAGO — The Democratic National Committee is set to vote this weekend on a Bernie Sanders-backed plan to weaken the influence of superdelegates in what has become a contentious showdown between factions at a time when the party is trying to project unity.

After two years of work on the controversial issue, a delicate compromise that emerged from a labyrinthine reform process has encountered last-minute opposition before the crucial vote here Saturday at the party organization's summer gathering.

"We're fighting it, we're picking up support, we're creating a lot of doubt," said Bob Mulholland, a DNC member from California who opposes the change.

The proposed change would not abolis


Scott Eastwood is having lots of sex.

On his podcast, Live Life Better the actor discussed his beliefs about sex. Scott jumped into the subject with no hesitation and told the guest Emily Mortimer he believes, "Everyone should be having sex, with themselves or with someone else." The 32-year-old explained that it is a healthy thing people should embrace, much in the way he does.

And when he was asked about his own sexual relationships, the Longest Ride star shared that he is "single, dating and having sex, lots of it." Whether or not he is having sex with only one or multiple people, however, "depends when you ask me."

His willingness to discuss the topic largely stems from his beli


We live our whole lives wandering from one cloud of dust to the next. The air is full of the stuff: salt wafting in from the sea, black carbon soot from wildfires and all sorts of dusty emissions from heavy industry.

Usually, all that aerosolized gunk is invisible to us — but not to NASA's satellites and ground sensors. In a stunning new illustration, shown above, NASA's Earth Observatory reveals the invisible, tiny particles swirling around us.

NASA combined data from multiple sensors on satellites such as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on Aqua and Terra, as well as ground based sensors, to create a colorized image of the aerosol plumes. [Earth Pictu


Analysis: The scandals engulfing his presidency grew more intense this week, but Trump has shown no signs of developing a more sophisticated strategy to address them.

WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen hadn't implicated him in federal court.

The public didn't know that close Trump associates Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of Trump's company, and David Pecker, CEO of American Media, had been given immunity to provide evidence in that case.

And Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, hadn't been convicted of eight counts of bank and tax fraud in the first of his trials.

That was Monday.

Before then, the sc


An 18-year-old believed to have caused a deadly wrong-way crash on a California freeway was identified Friday as Trevor J. Heitmann, a YouTube personality who had a large audience and customer base in the video game industry.

Heitmann died when the 2014 McLaren 650S he was driving entered the wrong way on the northbound 805 freeway in San Diego and collided with a 2010 Hyundai SUV carrying a 43-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter. They both died in Thursday's fiery crash.

Heitmann was a San Diego resident, officials said, and a local private school, La Jolla Country Day, lists him as a former student. Killed were mother and daughter, Aileen (mother) and Aryana Pizarro.

It wa


Story A courtroom sketch of Mohamed Mohamud, convicted for plotting to bomb Portland’s holiday tree-lighting ceremony in 2010. SKETCH BY DEBORAH MARBLE Mohamed Mohamud, the man convicted of plotting to bomb Portland’s holiday tree-lighting ceremony in 2010, is asking for a new trial. The Ninth Circuit Court heard his appeal Wednesday. Mohamud was convicted of trying to use a weapon of mass destru ...

Story Oregon ranked third among states for high identity-theft rates in 2014, according to a Federal Trade Commission study. (Don Hankins/Flickr) BEND, Ore. - Oregonians are hitting the road for summer vacation, but they may need to keep a closer eye on their credit cards. The Beaver State ranked third for identify-theft rates across the country in 2014, according to a report from the Federal Trade ...

Story (ESPN) -- Movie mogul Sylvester Stallone gave a confusing response Sunday when pressed to explain his charge with importing HGH into Australia, first calling the reports "Complete Trash" and then stating the only substance he ever took to Australia was a supplement called Ripped NOX. The problem with his response? It's not a complete denial. While denying using HGH, he's admitting to using a su ...

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