The modern pirates of West Africa and Somalia are no swashbuckling buccaneers. They are maritime bandits, disrupting some of the world's busiest shipping lanes and costing the global economy billions. Recently, they've stepped up their brutality. What caused this piracy? How can it be stopped? GlobalPost investigates.
JAKARTA — Senior Indonesian officials say they are looking for an uninhabited island to accommodate some 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees waiting for resettlement, as they have become a “burden.” The solution might sound farfetched or even inhumane, but Indonesia has resorted to it during past refugee crises.
TUNIS — Tunisians voted on Sunday in a presidential run-off election that completes the country's transition to full democracy nearly four years after an uprising which ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
JOHANNESBURG — When Robert Mugabe prattled on for too long at a recent ruling party congress, his wife Grace handed him a note. The nonagenarian president, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, took pause. “My wife has written a note; she says I’m talking too much,” Mugabe announced. “That’s how I am treated even at home, so I must listen.”