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Things are heating up in the South China Sea
China just upped the ante, big time. It now has surface-to-air missiles parked in the middle of the planet’s most contested waters.
Major oil producing nations say they'll freeze production to stop price collapse
Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Qatar have agreed to keep production at current levels to help stop the decline in global oil prices.
Syria doesn't look close to a 'cessation of hostilities'
Last week, world powers agreed to halt fighting in Syria — with many caveats. On Monday, airstrikes hit two Syrian hospitals, killing more than a dozen people.
World powers agree to a 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria — sort of
Parties not involved in the agreement: The Syrian regime and the Islamic State.
NATO deploys warships to Aegean Sea to deal with Europe's refugee crisis
Germany and Turkey, both seeking to limit the influx of migrants, requested the operation. NATO insists it's not focused on 'pushing back refugee boats.'
Forensic report contradicts Mexico's claims about fate of 43 missing Ayotzinapa students
On Sept. 26, 2014, 43 students went missing from a rural teachers' college in Mexico. A yearlong forensic investigation finds the government's version of events doesn't add up.
Hong Kong riots to defend illegal street vendors — but it's about much more than that
The 'fishball revolution' isn't really about street food.
The latest crisis in the ongoing human tragedy that is the Syrian civil war
A Russian-backed Syrian offensive in Aleppo has sent tens of thousands of civilians fleeing to the Turkish border. Now they have nowhere to go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two surprising things happened in Iowa last night
And here's why they matter to the world.
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.
So, what is the Zika virus?
It won't kill you. But it's spreading 'explosively' across the Americas.
Iran's president is basically just touring Europe, picking up checks at this point
With the era of sanctions mostly over, governments and businesses are lining up to meet the Iranian leader.
UN panel says Saudi Arabia has violated humanitarian law in Yemen
Saudi Arabia did this by striking at least 146 civilian targets in less than a year.
China's economic nosedive is reverberating around the world
Chinese stocks fell to their lowest point in more than a year today. That's bad for a whole lot of people.
Egypt today looks a lot like it did before the revolution
The start of Egypt's revolution was 5 years ago today. There isn't a lot for activists to celebrate.
After retaking key city, Syrian government in no mood to make concessions
Meanwhile, Syria talks set for Monday are certain to be delayed — in large part because no one can decide who will represent the opposition.
Tunisia might be facing its biggest test yet
It will all come down to how the government responds to a repeat of the events that launched the Arab Spring five years ago.
A British investigation has implicated Putin in murder
The British government says Putin ordered the hit on Alexander Litvinenko in London.
Assault on university in Pakistan kills more than 20
Militants tossed grenades into crowds and opened fire on students and professors.
Some 19,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq in the last year
Another 3 million have fled their homes, according to the UN.
Americans kidnapped in Baghdad
Iraqi security forces are going to door to door looking for 3 Americans who were abducted over the weekend.
Iran forward and back again
With new ballistic missile sanctions in place a day after nuclear sanctions were lifted, this 'new chapter' of US-Iran ties is looking a bit like some old ones we've read.
Ebola is back and it only took a day
A day after WHO declared an end to the outbreak, Sierra Leone finds a new victim.
A small band of terrorists causes chaos in downtown Jakarta
A handful of attackers threw grenades and shot up a busy main thoroughfare in Indonesia's capital before being killed by police.
The state of US foreign policy
Here's what Obama had to say about the world during his speech last night.
The US isn't setting a very good example for Iran
As Iran dismantles its ability to build a single nuclear weapon, the US is testing newer, smaller atom bombs in the Nevada desert.