Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
White House threatens to veto bill restricting travel to Cuba
Congress wants to curb the number of flights and cruise ships going from the US to Cuba at a time when the Obama administration is encouraging open travel.
Turkey's Erdogan sues opposition chief over 'gold toilet seat' claim
He's seeking $37,300 in damages for slander.
Turkey's Erdogan challenges opposition to find his golden toilet seat
Erdogan moved into a controversial new 1,000-room palace after winning a presidential election last August. Now the opposition is trying to use his lavish home against him.
Sepp Blatter wins fifth term as FIFA president despite corruption storm
The election followed the the arrest on Wednesday of seven FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, accused by US authorities of taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes.
Chechnya's strongman keeps brazenly defying the Kremlin. Can he be tamed?
Meet Ramzan Kadyrov, Russia’s other photo-friendly strongman.
U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism
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Buhari sworn in as Nigeria's president after historic election win
Muhammadu Buhari vows to tackle the country's many problems — including Boko Haram — "head on."
FIFA acts all democratic and votes for new leader
FIFA President Sepp Blatter is expected to be reelected.
Brazil’s corruption investigators want to dig up a ‘dead’ congressman
The world's other big fat bribery scandal — not FIFA, but at oil giant Petrobras — just keeps spreading.
Iran hopes sanctions will be lifted by December
The US says sanctions will be lifted in stages.
Ireland expected to allow gay marriage after historic vote
Ireland appeared to have voted to allow gay marriage Saturday in a historic referendum which would see the historically Catholic country become the world's first to make the change
Russia’s Eurovision song is all about peace and unity. You know, just like its foreign policy
Feeling the love, Russia.
State Department releases first Clinton emails
The missives are about Libya and the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi.
Ukraine has officially banned communist symbols and propaganda
If you love the USSR, don't say so.
Hungary's prime minister laughably crusades against immigrants the country doesn't have
Hungary's prime minister is tacking right for all the wrong reasons.
Mexico's top election official offended the nation with a racist rant
It would be a bit like a US Supreme Court judge getting caught using the N-word.
Here's what minimum wage looks like around the world
Los Angeles voted to increase its minimum wage from $9 to $15 by 2020. Not bad, by global standards.
Australia sent Singapore these horrifying puppets for their 50th friendship anniversary
Australia was first country to recognize Singapore's sovereignty in 1965.
Top US diplomat says 'significant differences' with Cuba remain
The major sticking points are human rights and freedom of expression.
Surfers don't freak out easily. Here's why they're freaking out in Peru
How did one of Lima's most loved beaches become so hideous?
Earth needs a flag. How about this one?
You know, for when we colonize Mars and fight wars against aliens.
Burundi president sacks key advisers in wake of coup attempt
Pierre Nkurunziza replaces his defense, foreign and trade ministers.
The Economic Freedom Fighters sound like modern-day superheroes
But they probably aren't.
The new Netanyahu government is a colorful coalition
Israel's new rightwing government brings together a former convict, religious conservatives and a far-right justice minister criticised for inflammatory comments on Palestinians.
U.S. House passes Iran nuclear review legislation
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Thailand’s death camps may be the most horrifying places in Southeast Asia
When the world's most persecuted people flee, it only gets worse.
Police say over 700 Britons have traveled to Syria, half now home
British police are worried that they now pose a terrorism threat.
The meeting at Camp David today is going to be really awkward
US President Barack Obama is hosting Arab leaders at Camp David. But who is there and who isn't has everyone talking.
Pentagon decides not to punish Navy nurse who refused to force-feed Guantanamo prisoners
Maybe Pentagon officials calculated that one scandalous Guantanamo story was enough for the month of May.
What happens next in Burundi could transform the whole region
Burundi's president faces a coup after trying for unconstitutional third term. Leaders in neighboring countries, also up against term limits, are watching closely.
Netanyahu coalition passes first parliament hurdle
The measure delays implementation of a law passed last year to limit the number of ministers serving under the premier to 18 in an attempt to reduce public spending.