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Women in armed groups are more than just an exotic novelty
Commentary: Women fight wars, too, and can make or break peace. Female fighters returning from the field must be fully integrated into disarmament efforts.
On eve of Obama’s visit, Kenya cracks down on peaceful dissent
Commentary: Government officials continue to attack human rights organizations.
Why the United States needs Azerbaijan as the hub of the new Silk Road
Commentary: The country remains strategically important because it sits as a gateway between the East and the West.
20 years on, South Africa’s remarkable constitution remains unfulfilled
Commentary: Realizing Mandela’s vision of a democratic future is a collective global responsibility.
Uniting Christian and Muslim women in Nigeria is imperative to build a bridge toward peace
Commentary: Building alliances across religious differences means forgiving and loving an enemy.
Seven women peacemakers who should be on your radar
Meet seven women in a long, untelevised fight where the warriors are unsung and the sidelines are really the field.
A simple and low-cost annual test can lead to an HIV-free world
Commentary: 19 million people in Africa and the United States don’t know they are HIV-infected and eligible for treatment.
Nemtsov murder evokes memories of unsolved killings of those who dared to speak out
Commentary: Vladimir Putin’s vows to bring assassins to justice are seen as a series of ‘false promises.’
Sanctions relief is the critical prize for Iran in a nuclear agreement with the West
Commentary: A stable, thriving Iran would be an asset to the US in the highly volatile Middle East.
Political deadlock, violence put Bangladesh on the brink of civil war
Commentary: The personal hostility of opposition leaders Zia and Hasina are pushing people and national interest aside.
In Afghanistan, the news media is under attack from the government and the Taliban
Commentary: Routine harassment and intimidation muzzle reporters’ efforts to expose corruption.
Postponing Nigeria's elections may help the cause of democracy
Commentary: The election commission was not prepared to hold the vote let alone contain the threat from Boko Haram.
In Debaltseve, a Ukrainian town under heavy fire, life is miserable
Commentary: While others flee, only the oldest and poorest remain in desperate conditions.
20 years after agreeing to end laws that codify sex-based discrimination, many countries are still dragging their feet
Commentary: A new global initiative is building momentum in support of greater equality for women and girls.
US reconstruction aid for Afghanistan is focused on weapons; much is siphoned off by corruption
Commentary: There are billions unaccounted for.
Tennis pro Heather Watson’s candor invites a welcome conversation about menstruation
Commentary: A breakthrough moment for sport and a signal for openness in the developing world?
Migrant workers in Israel denied fair wages and benefits required by law
Complaints of harsh working and living conditions ignored by Israeli government.
Unsafe abortions kill 47,000 worldwide as US politics interfere with lifesaving efforts
Commentary: US aid rules carry restrictions on discussion of abortion among women in developing world.
Despite binding UN resolution, diplomatic obstacles remain in fight against terrorism
State sponsors of terrorism exploit weaknesses in the resolve to combat terrorists.
Chile-Argentina cooperation is key to scaling up conservation in Patagonia
Commentary: Karukinka Reserve is model for regional vision of protecting this rugged, remote region.
Ebola’s public health message: Sanitation is critical to containing the disease
Commentary: Running water and flushing toilets would make a huge difference in blocking the spread of infectious diseases.
Election anxiety promises a new year of frustrations in Myanmar
Commentary: Peace process losing steam as investors await signs of electoral fairness and stability.
International community must do more in pressing for peace in South Sudan
Five CEOs speak out on need to end violence and give the fragile country a chance to endure.
For the moment, Russia is the winner in the global geopolitical struggle
Putin regime fills a vacuum created by partial US withdrawal from world hotspots.
Sharia law is empowering Islamist radicals at the expense of secularists
Commentary: Combating efforts to make Sharia the law of the land should be a policy priority for Western governments.
Laos remains silent on civil society leader missing for two years
The government has obstructed any investigation into Sombath Somphone's disappearance, a symptom of the withering space for a vocal civil society in Laos.
Russia's failing economy makes Putin a most dangerous man
Ukraine's economy has collapsed even faster, with little support coming from the European Union.
10 years on, Sri Lanka still shows scars from the wrath of tsunami
The wave was ‘democratic’ in spreading havoc, but recovery efforts have favored tourist regions.
Cases like Ferguson invite Cold War tactics from Russia
The grand jury decision gives Putin an opportunity to point to domestic racial intolerance in US, just as the Soviet Union did during the Cold War.
Fear grips Egypt's civil society as Sisi regime restricts NGOs
Commentary: Rise in unemployment and breakdown in law and order raise questions of government’s competency.
In Sudan’s Blue Nile, a sequel to the violence and abuses in Darfur
Refugees tell of indiscriminate bombardments, beatings, and rapes behind government lines.