Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
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.
UK's Cameron bows to pressure to take more Syrian refugees
The change in policy will apply to Syrians already living in refugee camps.
Cheers and outcry as Kentucky anti-gay marriage clerk goes behind bars
After refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Kim Davis is jailed for contempt.
A photo tour of Beirut’s pop-up Christian shrines
Lebanon remains a hospitable place for Christians, home to at least eight different sects.
Inside ‘the Bloodhound’: Why Mexico’s fact-checking experiment should scare politicians everywhere
On a scale from 'True' to 'Ridiculous,' how honest are the things your leaders say?
How social media transformed the image of a drowned Syrian child into an iconic symbol
The world's paying attention now.
'My children slipped through my hands': Father of drowned Syrian boy
Abdullah Kurdi now wants to return to the Syrian city he and his family fled to bury his loved ones.
Desperate refugees mob a train in Budapest but don't get far
Hundreds stormed Budapest's main station early Thursday after police re-opened it following a two-day standoff — only to find that train services to western Europe were suspended.
Guatemala swears in new president as ex-leader detained
Guatemala's Congress swore in a new president Thursday as disgraced former leader Otto Perez was ordered detained to prevent him becoming a fugitive from justice in the Central American nation's long-running corruption saga.