Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
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.
Top Burundi general launches coup against president
The move follows weeks of violent protests that erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term.
Burundi army stages coup, says it has formed transitional government
A representative of the military said President Pierre Nkurunziza violated the constitution by running for a third term.
More than half of Russians see America as a threat, and many fear US military invasion
The governments will need more than tomatoes and potatoes to convince the public they're friends again.
The US Senate votes today on whether to fast-track Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership
The controversial trade deal would be a global game-changer — for better or worse.
France's Hollande meets Fidel Castro and urges end to Cuba embargo
Hollande's visit to Cuba was the first ever by a French leader.
Obama approves oil drilling in the Arctic
The president decided to grant petroleum giant Shell's request to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic, despite opposition from environmental groups.
Russia's Putin and South Africa’s Zuma are spending an awful lot of time together
They gab on the phone, too. So what are they talking about?
Jeb Bush says he would have authorized 2003 US invasion of Iraq
Presumed Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush says he would have authorized the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, though he acknowledged mistakes made after Saddam Hussein's fall.
North Korea says it test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile
A fully-developed SLBM capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula.
2,000 Egyptian children crossed the Mediterranean alone last year
Children migrating alone now make up about half of the unofficial Egyptian migrants who reach Italy.
Thanks for voting. Now the queen can go back to ruling Britain
Your move, your majesty.
Labour's Miliband steps down after UK election 'humiliation'
After a crushing defeat, Miliband says it's time for someone else to lead the Labour party.
Brace yourselves, the UK Conservatives just won an outright majority
The UK will almost certainly shift farther to the right in the next few years.
The UK’s election results are pretty shocking
David Cameron’s Conservatives defied all polls to claim an outright majority.
Scottish nationalist elected youngest UK MP since 1667
Mhairi Black pledges to pursue progressive policies while in office.
Britain's far-right UKIP leaders say the darndest things about minorities and women
And yet over the years the UK Independence Party managed to take votes from both Labour and the Conservatives.