Americans can be awfully generous: The Giving USA foundation estimates that in 2009, more than $300 billion in charitable contributions were made by corporations, individuals and foundations. The money went to a range of nonprofits working in the environment, education, health care and the arts.
Following intense lobbying, eight South American countries have recognized Palestine as an independent state since December, giving the Palestinian Authority momentum in a campaign to win worldwide declarations of support for Palestinian statehood.
At the age of 20, Tiibea Baure had never seen a stoplight. She'd never been anywhere where she couldn't walk to the ocean in less than four minutes. She'd never slept in a bed before — just on the floor, with her extended family in the same room.