Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
Bernie Sanders meets privately with Pope Francis
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders met briefly with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday, using the lightning visit to align his White House bid with the popular pontiff's advocacy of a "moral economy."
They fled Iran for the same reason, but disagree on how to change things at home
Marina Nemat and Saeid Vafa have a lot in common. They're both Iranians and they both fled to Canada after running afoul of Iran's government.
Half of Brazil's presidential impeachment committee faces corruption charges
One look at Brazil's Congress, and you might wonder who’s in worse trouble.
Rousseff accuses vice president of treachery in Brazil 'coup'
The Brazilian president says 'coup plotters' are using impeachment proceedings to bring down her government.
Canada wants to revive diplomatic ties with Iran
The Conservative-led government in Ottawa abruptly cut off ties with Iran in 2012. Now, the new Liberal government says it’s time to turn the page.
Peru locked up Alberto Fujimori. Will it now elect his daughter president?
Keiko Fujimori won the first round, but it's unclear if she can convince Peruvians she's different enough from dad to win the runoff election in June.
Ukrainian PM Yatseniuk resigns, paving way for new government
Yatseniuk survived a no-confidence motion in February, but political infighting and graft scandals have fractured the ruling coalition and further delayed international aid.
Three awesome African street artists you should know about
These graffiti artists are working to get the continent's street-art community more visibility.
Mexico City gets choked by the worst smog in over a decade
New restrictions have reduced the number of cars on the road, but that might not make much difference.
Britain's Cameron says he mishandled Panama Papers tax scrutiny
"Well, it's not been a great week," Cameron began.
The 'Latino vote' is a myth
The idea of a singular Latino population is a US creation.
9 statistics that explain the magnitude of the Panama Papers
We’re just beginning to understand the magnitude of the biggest data leak in history. For now, here’s one way to understand the “Panama Papers”: By the numbers.
Old custom, new couples: Gay Indians are having arranged marriages
A new company is helping gay Indians find spouses — even if India won’t recognize their marriages yet.
Here's what happens when women are punished for having abortions
Donald Trump said women should be punished for getting abortions. In El Salvador, they are.
It's official — North Korea is pursuing a nuclear program
A top Pyongyang envoy told Reuters the hermit kingdom will move ahead with its nuclear and ballistic missile program, in defiance of the US and its allies.
Libya now has three governments, none of which can actually govern
A new unity government finally takes office in Tripoli, after powerful militias had warned it to stay away.
Can your vote be a 'sin'? Abortion brings the church into Peru's presidential race
An archbishop says Catholics can't vote for candidates who support abortion rights, and starts a firestorm.
Libya now has three governments, none of which are able to govern
The next few weeks will be crucial in deciding Libya’s fate.
South Africa's president could be impeached
But he probably won't be — despite the country's top court ruling that Jacob Zuma breached the constitution.
Why Singapore is ground zero for the robot car revolution
Silicon Valley is the world’s top research hub for autonomous cars. But Singapore appears primed to tap America’s technological gains and get them on the road first.
Burundi’s last civil war killed 300,000. A new one is coming
Once again, Burundi is spiraling toward civil war.
China tells developers: Stop giving things embarrassing Western names
Chinese officials say property developments with names like "Yuppie International Condos" and "Merlin Champagne Town" are threatening the country's dignity.
The Brazilian president faces impeachment and just lost her biggest coalition partner
Dilma Rousseff's government is "finished," one opposition leader said.
The failed socialist utopian dream that helped make Dallas a major city
The efforts of a French socialist helped make the Texas metropolis what it is today.
A new North Korean propaganda video shows the US going up in flames
Spoiler alert: This video culminates with an intercontinental ballistic missile slamming into the ground near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
'Maximum state of emergency' declared in Libya's capital
Libya has had two rival administrations since mid-2014, when an armed alliance overran the capital.
Nigerian troops free 800 Boko Haram hostages
Nigerian troops have rescued hundreds held by Boko Haram Islamist fighters in multiple villages in the country's restive northeast, the army said Thursday.
The Australian prime minister's 'meaningless' new slogan is a thing of beauty
Malcolm Turnbull seems to be unsure whether he’s the real-life leader of a country or the star of an American TV satire.
MSF pulls out of Lesbos hotspot as aid groups slam migrant deal
International aid organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday it had suspended activities at a refugee centre on the Greek island of Lesbos to avoid being complicit in an "unfair and inhumane" EU deal to send newcomers back to Turkey.
Italy wants common European defense after Brussels attacks
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called Tuesday for a 'European pact for freedom and security' following attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.
Since Paris, there have been hundreds of terrorist attacks
Many of them were ignored by most of the world.