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The small Persian Gulf island of Bahrain has been ruled by the Khalifa family since 1783. Members of the royal family control the ministries of Defense, Interior, Finance and Foreign Affairs.

Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, a kingdom ruled by one person. In 2015, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud took on that role. In addition to being the king, he serves as prime minister, holding supreme executive, legislative and judicial power. Key support positions, such as the ministers of defense and foreign affairs, are given to members of the royal family.

Swaziland, home to 1.3 million people, is Africa’s last absolute monarchy. The small country in southern Africa has been ruled by King Mswati III since 1986. A majority of the population in Swaziland live in poverty in rural areas.

In 1994, South Africa's newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president.

On the eve of International Women's Day, U.S. first lady Melania Trump saluted women from 10 countries for their courage.

Police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev detained three people as far-right demonstrators tried to provoke activists protesting domestic and sexual violence.

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Activism is in the air. Kids are hearing about marches and protests, boycotts and fundraising campaigns for all kinds of causes, from local to global. And increasing numbers of children’s books are showing kids and teens how it’s done. From stories of the authors’ own activist experiences to how-to guides with tips on everything from organizing a rally to using social media to get the word out, these books offer a glimpse into the planning and passion that go into youthful activism.