Loved ones express their grief at the burial of Ramon Romero Ramirez in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, January 2013. The 36-year-old died of chronic kidney disease after working in the sugar cane fields for 12 years. Ramirez is part of a steady procession of deaths among cane workers. Ed Kashi/VII hide caption

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Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America

One community has lost so many men that it's now called the Island of Widows. Researchers are struggling to figure out the cause of the disease. Some suspect a popular herbicide.

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An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 to 60

Afghanistan is not just a world leader in producing drugs. It's also a leading consumer. Drug users addicted to heroin, and more recently crystal meth, are everywhere in the western city of Herat.

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced the release of the first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The report calls the intervention of bystanders one of the "most promising prevention strategies." Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Training Men And Women On Campus To 'Speak Up' To Prevent Rape

Colleges are teaching students what's known as bystander intervention, based on the idea that both men and women can intervene to interrupt behaviors that could lead to sexual assault.

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