With its vast, unpopulated deserts, low-slung buildings and cheap oil, Saudi Arabia is a kingdom made for cars. But for its women, who are barred from driving, even picking up the dry cleaning is considered subversive. Last spring, Manal al-Sharif, 32, a divorced mother of two, decided to take on the issue by posting on YouTube a video of herself driving the Saudi streets. Though al-Sharif was jailed for nine days and publicly shamed, she inspired a movement. An underground…

Manal al-Sharif - The World's 100 Most Influential People: 2012

Manal al-Sharif-- organizer of mass protest movement against Saudi Arabia's laws against women driving.

Like a lot of great innovators, Salman Khan didn't set out to change the world. He was just trying to help his teenage cousin with her algebra from across the country. But from a closet turned office in his Silicon Valley apartment, Sal, 35, has produced an amazing library of online lectures on math, science and a host of other subjects. In the process, he has turned the classroom — and the world of education — on its head.

Salman Khan - The World's 100 Most Influential People: 2012

Sanitary pad machine developed by high school drop-out changes the lives of poor women in India

The sanitary pad revolutionary

The sanitary pad revolution in rural India. Indian school girls stand before the sanitary pad machine

Ben Rattray is the brain behind Change.org, a website that transforms the way people tell their stories and make change happen. There are a lot of petition websites, but Change.org is simple to use and supported by a team that provides media-messaging and engineering support.

Ben Rattray - The World's 100 Most Influential People: 2012

Ben Rattray - 2012 TIME The Most Influential People in the World

Mandela became South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after being jailed for 27 years by the apartheid regime for fighting for equal rights for all South Africans.    He served a one five-year term and quit in 1999, paving the way for his then deputy Thabo Mbeki to take over.

"President Jacob Zuma wishes to advise that former president Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital today, the February a statement from the South African presidency said.

Ali Ferzat, 60, spent years drawing insightful cartoons, mostly staying between the prescribed lines of Syria's state-sanctioned media. But confronted with the regime's increasing brutality, he embraced the democracy movement and turned his lampoons on President Bashar Assad directly. Masked men from the regime soon came for Ferzat. They beat him brutally, making a point of breaking both his hands to stop his cartoons.

Ali Ferzat - The World's 100 Most Influential People: 2012

"We provide the only food they'll have all day," Hartman says of the school's impoverished students. The curriculum is designed to develop leadership potential and prepare kids to solve their nation's problems. It also teaches respect and antiviolence, which Hartman hopes will help to end the cycle of misery that so often befalls Haitian girls and women. "We give them choices, we teach them to be inclusive and responsible," she says, "and we affirm their dignity." By educating girls and…

Meet The League Of Extraordinary Women: 60 Influencers Who Are Changing The World

"We provide the only food they'll have all day," Hartman says of the school's impoverished students. The curriculum is designed to develop leadership potential and prepare kids to solve their nation's problems. It also teaches respect and antiviolence, which Hartman hopes will help to end the cycle of misery that so often befalls Haitian girls and women. "We give them choices, we teach them to be inclusive and responsible," she says, "and we affirm their dignity." By educating girls and…

Homeless Boy Steals The Talent Show

Watch Koreas Got Talent - Sung-bong Choi. Get ready to be blown away by not only the singing of Song-bong Choi but his incredible story as well.

South Africa won the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope.

The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is set to be the world's largest radio telescope, and will probe the dark heart of space.

SA architect behind world's first wind-powered building

SA architect behind world's first wind-powered building

Mandela Day

The of July is International Mandela Day. People all over the world are encouraged to devote just 67 minutes to creating change in honour of the 67 years Tata Madiba spent making the world a better place.

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