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"Old witch" and "iron lady” are just some of the comments describing Hillary Clinton. But they're not coming from Republicans.

For years, the tap of Earth, Wind & Fire flowed with some of the best American soul, R&B and funk.

It was music that moved you — both physically and, yeah, spiritually, too. 

And that unique touch from the band really came from founder Maurice White, who died this week. He was 74.

Courtesy of Ridwan Adhami/Islamic Relief USA

I met Abdullah Shawky last fall on the Greek island of Lesbos in the midst of the refugee crisis. He's a regional emergencies director for Islamic Relief USA and had come to Greece with a small team to offer aid to the refugees.

The day we met, the Greek coast guard had rescued refugees at sea and towed their boat into the port of Molyvos. I watched as Abdullah and two of his colleagues, Rihab Aslami and Fahima Rakmansi, greeted the wet, frightened people and helped them navigate their dramatic arrival to Europe.

Here are some of the faces behind the siege of Aleppo

Feb 4, 2016
Rami Jarrah

Telling the story of Syrians inside many of the country's key cities is close to impossible these days. Few journalists dare to venture into beseiged towns like the northern city of Aleppo. 

But Syrian-British journalist and activist Rami Jarrah, who works with the citizen media project ANA Press, recently spent several weeks in Aleppo. He describes two Aleppo residents he met. The first is a part-time fighter and parent who gave her name as 'Um Abdo' or 'mother of Abdo' — the name of her oldest son. 

Luxembourg hopes to spur the next 'gold rush' in space

Feb 4, 2016
Reuters

The government of Luxembourg says it will work with space entrepreneurs to open up access to a wealth of rare minerals and resources in space.

To do this, it plans to partner with and invest in futuristic research projects to develop both new space mining technology and to build on existing technology such as autonomous robots and auto navigation systems.  

"In the long-term, space resources could lead to a thriving new space economy and human expansion into the solar system," Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg's economy minister, told a press conference.

President Barack Obama's planned visit Wednesday to a mosque in Baltimore will be his first visit to a mosque in the US as president. It comes during the final year of Obama’s time in office, and at a sensitive time. Many Muslims are alarmed by the anti-Muslim rhetoric currently being used by some presidential candidates.

Courtesy:  Maria Alcivar

Ames, Iowa is not a hotbed of Latino activism. 

But if Ecuadorean-born graduate student Maria Alcivar has her way, more of the state's Latin immigrants will be voting this year, and rallying on behalf of their preferred presidential candidates. 

"We have at least 50,000 Latino registered voters here in Iowa.  And we are just not politically engaged," Alcivar says. "This is the time we need to wake the sleepy giant."  

Courtesy of the Hartleys

The rapid spread of the Zika virus in Latin America has sparked serious concerns, especially over the possible link between Zika and microcephaly.

As we've been hearing a lot lately, microcephaly is a rare condition where babies are born with unusually small heads. Rare, but not completely unheard of.

Here in the US, roughly 25,000 babies are born each year with microcephaly.

Carolyn Beeler

Every Monday evening for more than a year, demonstrators have stood in protest at an intersection in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood. Holding signs and singing protest songs at the cars passing by, they’ve stood in rain, sleet and snow to oppose a planned new natural gas pipeline near their homes.

The new pipeline would bring more natural gas to Boston from Pennsylvania and points west.

Likipa Pelham

When Sanjida left home to study, she met the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. The only problem — her partner was another woman, and same-sex marriage is not accepted in Bangladesh. Now, instead of finding happiness, she's facing criminal charges.

In January 2013, Sanjida, a 20-year-old Bengali Muslim woman, travelled from her village in southwestern Bangladesh to a small town, to continue her studies. Her father, a schoolteacher, had chosen to send her to college so she could help lift the family out of hardship.

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