While North Korea's nuclear ambitions made global headlines, its humanitarian situation received almost no coverage.
Women's marches were held in many US cities, as well as London, Paris, Rome and Berlin, to mark the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration.
A coalition of Indian churches has challenged the country's law currently used to penalise homosexuality.
Helen Grace James, from Pennsylvania, received an 'honourable discharge' after a 60-year battle with authorities.
"We eat and drink the food that is thrown away," 11-year-old Ayoub said. "We collect fish, meat, potatoes, onions and flour."
Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov has reportedly turned his attention to suspected drug users and has launched a torture campaign similar to last year's anti-gay purge.
Laura Plummer's family told media that they worried about the Briton jailed in Egypt as she struggles with conditions inside the Cairo jail.
Little Li becomes unwitting social media star - but his story sparks wider debate about child cruelty.
Gang-rape Dalit victim's death after ordeal in conservative state of Haryana sparks demand for crackdown as activists claim rape epidemic in India.
The teenager talks to IBTimes UK about homelessness, sexual assault, and founding a world-renowned charity in high school.
Other monuments that some regard as problematic still remain, including one of Christopher Columbus.
Nepalese woman Gauri Kumari Bayak dies after being banished to mountain hut for menstruating. She was following ancient Hindu tradition Chhaupadi.
Professor Con Slobodchikoff hopes to develop technology that will allow pets and their owners to communicate effectively for the first time in history.
Menstruating girls banned from crossing River Ofin in the Upper Denkyira East district of Ghana by 'powerful river god.'
South Carolina wants to bring back the execution method because it has run out of lethal death row drugs.
They face dangers ranging from losing their footing on steep drops, being struck by falling rocks or succumbing to temperatures as low as minus 9C (15°F)
38 migrants who landed in Italy have said they underwent degrading and unlawful treatment at the hands of Italian authorities after they refused to give their fingerprints.
Dr Kimberley Mehlman-Orozco, an expert in human trafficking, speaks to IBTimes UK about the bleak reality of how almost every industry is tarnished by slavery.
The Myanmar military has admitted killing 10 Rohingya people whose bodies were found in a mass grave in Inn Dinn village.
Easing of drug-trafficking laws by Iranian judiciary hailed as important step in halting executions worldwide.