A federal ministry questionnaire is asking the mothers of Russian schoolchildren if they have had abortions. This and other personal questions have sparked outrage among parents and the general public.
Twelve-year Denis Khokhryakov, abandoned by foster parents in the Dominican Republic, returned to Russia on Friday. He is being accompanied by Russian Presidential Ombudsman for Children Pavel Astakhov.
Georgia's attempts to clean up its towns are leaving street-traders in the gutter. Authorities say they flout health standards and have banned them from selling, so vendors are being abandoned to a life of poverty.
Nearly 70 million people are now considered overweight in India, one of the highest rates in the world. Once seen as a disease of decadence, obesity is spreading fast in industrialized cities throughout the country.