Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
UN chief urges the US to curb its 'appalling' gun violence
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged the United States to take action to curb gun violence, saying it was taking an 'appalling toll' on American society.
75 percent of Republicans say they're 'less likely' to vote for a Muslim: Reuters/Ipsos poll
When the poll was narrowed to just likely Republican primary voters, the total jumped to 84 percent.
Peru just offered amnesty to potential grenade attack plotters
After vicious attacks and threats, the government says anyone with illegal grenades can hand them over anonymously.
Al Jazeera journalists are free, but Egypt’s jails still host thousands of political prisoners
The Egyptian authorities are 'effectively holding political prisoners like bargaining chips, releasing them only when politically expedient.'
The reason Australia denied Chris Brown’s visa is more complicated than you think
The issue of domestic violence has dominated Australian headlines this month, and not because a convicted girlfriend-beater wanted to tour there.
Belarus' president has a 'Mini-Me' — and he came to the United Nations
Often called 'Europe's last dictator,' Alexander Lukashenko brought his 11-year-old son to the UN.
The internet is crucial for refugee journeys — and for the smugglers who profit off them
It's one of the main reasons refugees rarely set out without a smart phone.
UN to adopt ambitious new goals today
The UN General Assembly is underway.
Pope Francis urges US bishops to end Church sex abuse
Pope Francis told US bishops on Wednesday to work to ensure the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church never happens again.
Xi Jinping and Pope Francis compete for attention in the United States
Guess who is winning.
For one shining moment, the US Embassy in Moscow was the best troll on Twitter
America made sure Putin isn’t the only meme in Moscow.
In his first state visit to America, China's president will start in Seattle
He will be meeting 15 of the top American tech executives. Here's why.
Two crazy statistics show Rio’s gross water problem isn't going away
Brazil's barely skimming the surface of trash and feces-filled sites of the next Summer Olympic Games.
Iranians quietly question their government's role in Syria and beyond
Iran's signing of the nuclear deal has created a bit of daylight for skeptics.
Germany still has an awkward Nazi law and some don't want to let it go
The justice minister is trying to revise the Nazi section. Simple enough, right?
A lesbian couple says Spanish authorities denied them artificial insemination treatments
A lesbian couple is suing Spanish authorities who they say refused them the right to have a child by artificial insemination, a rights group said Tuesday.
Tony Abbott is no longer the prime minister of Australia
Putin grants Russian citizenship to US boxer Roy Jones Junior
The move is the latest example of the Kremlin publicizing cases of prominent Westerners who praise Russia or offer symbolic support for Putin's policies.
Responding to the same crisis, Denmark's voters turn right, Spain's go left
In the eyes of many Europeans, centrist parties have failed to deal with the continent’s economic crises and social challenges.
Crimeans tell Putin they love him. He says 'I love you' back
Vladimir Putin on Friday hosted Italy's former leader Silvio Berlusconi in Crimea, the highest-profile visit by a Western politician to the peninsula since its annexation.
In Canada you could soon be walking around with tiny gay couples in your pocket
What do you see on Canada's new coin design?
There’s really no stopping the Iran deal at this point
As Republicans continue to debate the Iran deal, another potential government shutdown looms.
In Java, teens who break the 9 p.m. dating curfew may have to marry
Closed-circuit cameras will be watching for violators.
Russian troops join combat in Syria, sources say
Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources told Reuters Wednesday.
Why one child of migrants is defending Eastern Europe in the refugee crisis
An Estonian politician says the region is too poor to accept people in desperate need of homes, services and work.
Tony Abbott will let thousands more Syrian refugees into Australia — but there’s a catch
Australia's prime minister has not been known for his benevolence toward refugees.
Gazans pay tribute to Syrian toddler Aylan with sand sculpture
'It reminded me of the children of the Bakr family who were killed on the Gaza beach during the last war.'
Catholic communities ready to open their doors after pope's refugee appeal
It takes six to eight months to process an asylum application in Europe, sometimes longer. During this time, many refugees are in desperate need of a place to stay.
Comedian Jimmy Morales is leading the vote for Guatemala's next leader
He's not a president yet, but he's played one on TV.
Report: US to overhaul rebel force fighting IS in Syria
The effort amounts to an admission that the fledgling force is failing to be effective.
Hungary says it will send buses to border for refugee marchers
A crowd of migrants police estimated at 2,500, including people in wheelchairs and on crutches, set off at noon Friday determined to get to the Austrian border 110 miles away.