Myanmar's election, results and transition
Egypt police kill leading Islamic State militant in Cairo
Editor behind Denmark's Mohammed cartoons steps down
Islamic State kidnaps, kills seven in southern Afghanistan: police
More US troops possible in Syria: Pentagon chief
Support for Germany's right-wing AfD rises to 9 percent
Two Serbian embassy staff seized in Libyan 'ambush'
Russian soldiers geolocated by photos in multiple Syria locations, bloggers say
Knife, car attacks in West Bank wound 6, attackers shot
11,000 Russian travellers fly home from Egypt: deputy PM
Tens of thousands fleeing a Syrian government offensive have nowhere to hide
Fear and desperation stalk northern Syria as airstrikes rain down on Aleppo province.
In North Korea, even a failed satellite launch would be a learning experience
We're talking about a country that has nuclear weapons, just no reliable means to deliver them. Yet.
Experts worry Zika today may cause more birth defect cases later
It's Carnival time in Brazil — that means lots of skin showing for bloodthirsty mosquitoes.
You can get a college scholarship for being a virgin in South Africa
There is a strict condition to the Maiden's Bursary Award: the young women must be virgins. There are tests, of course.
North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, US
South Korea and the United States said they would explore whether to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea.
Dazzling Rio carnival climax gives Brazilians reason to smile
Dancers — some nearly naked, others in elaborate costumes — strutted into the final round of the Rio Carnival's samba championship Monday.
Taiwan's terrifying earthquake (PHOTOS)
It is one thing to read about a tragedy of such magnitude. It is quite another to take in the images.
The US is killing more civilians in Iraq and Syria than it acknowledges
The US government has publicly acknowledged just 21 civilian deaths in coalition airstrikes. That number is impossibly low.
Fourteen dead, 150 missing after Taiwan quake fells buildings
Relatives of residents trapped in a 16-storey apartment complex felled by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan that killed 14 people were praying for miracles Saturday.
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9 love letters to some of our favorite places on Earth
The world can be a dark, violent place. But there are still plenty of reasons to love it.
Syrians flee to Turkish border as Aleppo assault intensifies
The assault around Aleppo, which aid workers have said could soon fall to government forces, helped to torpedo Syrian peace talks in Geneva this week.
It's taken the French 25 years to get upset over 2,400 spelling changes
But now they are really mad.
IKEA loses right to use its own name in Indonesia
Swedish furniture giant IKEA has lost the right to use its own brand name in Indonesia after a legal battle with a local company that claimed the trademark.
China’s reach over fleeing dissidents is expanding worldwide
Here's why more and more countries are willing to help China capture its critics on the lam.
Assange may feel 'vindicated,' but he hasn't left the embassy yet
There is no doubt the WikiLeaks founder scored a PR victory, but just what it means, practically speaking, remains to be seen.
There's a chance Venezuela's Zika outbreak is worse than Brazil's
That is the conclusion of doctors in Venezuela, where response to the virus has been hampered by a collapsing health system and poor data.
Why many Chinese migrant workers won’t return from the New Year holiday
The world's biggest annual migration is getting smaller.
UN panel rules that Julian Assange's embassy confinement is an illegal detention
A UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled that Julian Assange's confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounts to illegal detention.
It’s still a crime to be gay in India. But activists are ready to celebrate
Homosexuality was illegal in India, then it wasn't, now it is again. Campaigners are fighting a long legal battle to have it decriminalized for good.
No one knows how to help Syria — except by pledging lots of money
An international conference hopes to raise around $9 billion to assist displaced Syrians. They should take cash, not credit.
Hundreds more US troops in Iraq than previously stated
Hundreds more American troops are in Iraq than the Pentagon previously stated, an official said Wednesday in an acknowledgement underscoring the sensitivity of US deployments to the war-torn nation.
Australia’s top court says it's legal to hold refugees in island detention camps
Others argue that it is immoral, inhumane and cruel.
On Brazil's Zika front lines, cases of microcephaly are actually dropping
Pernambuco state registered 194 cases in the first week of November. Last week, it reported 34.
Germany is trying to make itself less attractive to migrants
Berlin on Wednesday approved a package of measures aimed at making Germany less attractive to economic migrants, including reducing benefits.
Zika just gave Americans another great reason to practice safe sex
Doctors have confirmed the first transmission on US soil, which is believed to have been caused by infected semen.
US demands Russia immediately halt airstrikes in Syria, as peace talks collapse
The United States demanded Thursday that Russia immediately halt its bombing campaign in Syria after a breakdown in peace talks exposed the deep rift among world powers.
Obama decries anti-Muslim rhetoric on first mosque visit
Barack Obama offered an impassioned rebuttal of "inexcusable" Republican election rhetoric against Muslims Wednesday, on his first trip to an American mosque since becoming president seven years ago.
The 2018 Olympics are already destroying 'sacred’ forest land
This week, South Korea hosts the Alpine Skiing World Cup — a test event for the 2018 Winter Olympics. For environmentalists, the competition will be a reminder of what they lost.
Peace talks on Syria are stalled, but the war is moving quickly — in Assad's favor
Government forces are seeking to cut off a rebel-held part of Aleppo from a crucial supply line.
Alphabet/Google overtakes Apple as world's most valuable company
Alphabet, the parent firm for Google, became the world's most valuable company Tuesday as a jump in its share price helped it vault past tech rival Apple.
Syria cannot afford a lost generation
Save the Children calls for a stronger humanitarian response to secure young Syrians' education and future.
South Africa's extreme drought is bad for hippos, pretty great for lions
Kruger National Park rangers are warning that tourists may see wild animals suffering in the weeks ahead.
Here's what it looks like when 100,000 people try to get home at once
Catching a train anywhere in China right now is something of an endurance test.
A student suicide is forcing India to talk about caste
Last month a PhD student hanged himself at the University of Hyderabad. His friends say it was because he was treated as an 'untouchable.'
WHO declares the Zika virus a global health emergency
The UN health body said that a surge in cases of microcephaly was likely caused by the Zika virus and declared the situation a 'public health emergency of international concern.'
Putin's crony in Chechnya is making some unbelievable death threats on Instagram
Ramzan Kadyrov is tight with Vladimir Putin and puts critics in his crosshairs.
Vote wisely, Iowa. The world is watching
What's stranger than a bunch of candidates trying to persuade a sparse swathe of the Midwest to back their nomination? Perhaps the fact that one of them is the next POTUS.
Amazingly, key leaders are still optimistic about Syria talks
The Islamic State claimed twin blasts in Damascus on Sunday that killed at least 60 people and threw off negotiators in Geneva, where peace talks were maybe somehow about to start.