North Korea: Insight: Obama's North Korean leap of faith falls short
When U.S. diplomats filed into North Korea's grim embassy in Beijing last month they found an unlikely surprise: Starbucks. Their hosts, led by North Korean's chief nuclear negotiator Kim Kye-gwan, had ordered U.S.-style coffee for talks both sides hoped would lead to new negotiations on Pyongyang's nuclear program and to resumed U.S. food shipments to one of the most feared and secretive countries in the world. There were more surprises to come.
How the developing world is using cellphone technology to change lives
In Nigeria, a young girl can ask questions about sex discretely through SMS and get accurate information. After the earthquake in Haiti, survivors in remote towns could receive money for food straight to their cellphone. In Senegal, election monitors sent updates on polling stations through their mobile phones, revising an online map in real time with details about late openings or worse.
Japan: Revisiting the site of the tsunami, one year later - VIDEO
NBC’s Ian Williams reports on the long road to recovery in Japan and how some industries, like seaweed processing, are putting people back to work.
Japan: Japanese seaweed farmers get back to work - VIDEO
The Japanese village of Utatsu was famous for its seaweed, until last year's tsunami devastated the industry. Randolph Martin, from the U.S. charity Mercy Corps, explains how fishermen are revitalizing their economy.
Japan: Japanese tsunami: One year later - VIDEO
Nearly one year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan, NBC's Ian Williams reports on how the aid agency Mercy Corps is helping survivors rebuild and jump start the local economy.
Niger: Hunger in Niger threatens millions
The knock on the door is a sign of bad things to come. "Do you have any work?" they ask. They have fled their villages and come into the city out of desperation. Their bellies ache from hunger. "For those of us in the city, we are seeing the first signs of food crisis spreading across our country. We have seen it before. It has already started, and it is coming fast." That's what Haoua Lankoande, a manager with the humanitarian agency CARE wrote in a recent blog post from the Niger capital, Niamey.
Afghanistan: Students learn a trade in Afghanistan hotspot
In an open, dusty part of southern Afghanistan where fighting between Taliban forces and NATO troops is commonplace, and jobs are scarce, an organization is working to train Afghans to make them more employable. The program seems simple enough -- recruit Afghans, supply them with job training and send them back to their communities to make a living. But the location -- in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province, a Taliban stronghold and active insurgency against NATO troops -- makes it more complicated.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps connects geeks from Gaza to Seattle
We’ve got more than our share of tech-geeks here in Seattle. You know, the guys who work at startups, or Microsoft or Amazon, creating the next-generation of computer and web products. But we can’t claim geeks as our own. You’ll find them anywhere there’s an electric current and a connection to the Internet, even in that besieged strip of land in the Middle East called Gaza.
Haiti: After two years, Haiti still struggles
The earthquake that hit Haiti two years ago killed more than 300,000 people, reduced Port-au-Prince to rubble and left an already struggling island economy for dead. Billions of dollars in international aid later, roughly 500,000 Haitians remain displaced, living under tarps or in transitional shelters, in many instances with less hope than ever.
North Korea: U.S. treads cautiously with transition
The changing of the guard in North Korea poses clear risks for the United States. Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un is the likely successor. But he's still in his 20s and has had little time to prepare to take over the country. Analysts say that because he's weak, he won't be in any position to get back to nuclear disarmament talks and make concessions. Kim Jong Un may also be tempted to take provocative actions to establish his leadership credentials, and the Obama administration has to take all this into account as it decides on next steps.