Global

Paying for Petting Time in Japan's Cat Cafes
An Osaka café provides feline lovers with a place to get their kitty fixes. (Time)
A Year at War
The First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division, from Fort Drum N.Y., begins a year-long deployment to Kunduz Province – accompanied by videojournalists. (NYT)
Vacationing in Afghanistan
Two filmmakers travel through stunning landscapes to show a side of this war-torn country rarely seen by westerners.
Rape in Haiti's Tent Cities
Following the devastating earthquake, many Haitian women and girls now face a new kind of terror. (Time)
Finding Supermodels in Rural Brazil
Scouts comb farming villages offering winsome teenage girls the opportunity to become the next Gisele Bündchen. (NYT)
An American at the Bolshoi
A teenage girl from Texas surmounts enormous obstacles after she beats the odds and enrolls in the esteemed Moscow ballet academy. (NYT)
Project Jacmel
Multifaceted look at recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake -- after the world's eyes wander elsewhere. (The Globe and Mail)
Komodo: Living with the Deadly Dragons
The world's largest and most dangerous lizards live on an Indonesian island where residents -- and tourists -- give them a wide berth. (Time)
Finding Their Way
Being blind is not a hindrance to computer instructor Jason Fayre. He hopes it will not be for his blind son, who was adopted from India, either. (Denver Post)
All-Dwarf Theme Park: A Human Zoo?
Is this Chinese tourist attraction a welcome job opportunity or yet another humiliation for a persecuted minority? (VJ Movement)