Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
Khamenei says US faces 'punch in mouth' in upcoming Iran elections
Iran's supreme leader says the United States is seeking to influence next month's elections in the Islamic republic but that such efforts will receive a "punch in the mouth."
The troubled history of Iran-Saudi relations, explained
Here's what you need to know about the ups and downs of the countries' relations over the last 20 years.
Saudi Arabia severs ties with Iran
The announcement comes after demonstrators stormed its Tehran embassy to protest against Riyadh's execution of a Shia cleric.
Lest we forget that Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals
The latest tensions between Middle East powerhouses does not mean good things for their proxy wars in Syria in Yemen.
Angry crowds set fire to Saudi embassy in Tehran
The incident came hours after the announcement of the death of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was among 47 charged with terrorism and executed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Drowned toddler becomes first 2016 migrant casualty in the Aegean
A drowned 2-year-old boy became the first known migrant casualty of the year after the crowded dinghy he was traveling in slammed into rocks off Greece's Agathonisi island.
Donald Trump stars in Al Shabaab's latest recruitment video
Hillary Clinton may have been premature in calling Trump 'ISIS' best recruiter,' but she wasn't exactly wrong either.
Syrian, Iraqi militants said to have planned New Year attack in Munich
Police said they had received information that five to seven suicide bombers were planning to take part in the attack.
Reports say Obama will use an executive order to expand background checks for gun sales
The changes, which could come as soon as next week, would include requiring more small-scale gun sellers to be licensed and to conduct a background check whenever selling a weapon.
Israel's siege mentality is getting truly scary
In the face of desperation and dread, many find comfort in ultra-nationalism and xenophobia — and the politicians know it.
Brussels has canceled New Year's Eve
The rest of the world is just putting it under really tight security.
US preparing new sanctions against Iran
The United States is preparing sanctions against firms and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates over alleged links to Iran's ballistic missile program.
UK says it 'may exclude' Trump after petition to ban him gets 565,000 signatures
Don't get your hopes up, but enjoy the drama while it lasts.
This year's El Niño is one of the worst on record, and that's bad for everyone
Floods in the Americas, fires in Asia and drought in Africa: Welcome to the season of extreme weather.
It’s never too late for a Putin-themed holiday gift set
If this sounds a bit too Orwellian, it probably is.
Iran ships 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium to Russia under nuclear deal
US Secretary of State John Kerry described the shipment as "significant progress towards Iran completing its key nuclear commitments under the deal."
Japan made an $8 million apology to its former 'comfort women'
Japan has struck a compensation deal with South Korea that it says ends the dispute over wartime sex slaves once and for all.
The 5 European leaders most likely to be Donald Trump’s soulmate
Europe has its own breed of right-wing populists, and their rise toward the continent's corridors of power is no joke.
Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of Ramadi
For days, Iraqi forces have been locked in intense battles to take back the capital of Anbar province, which fell to the terror group in May.
China passes its first domestic violence law
The new rules apply to unmarried people who live together but does not protect gay couples, a senior lawmaker said.
So, almost 12,000 candidates registered for Iran's February election
It's a record-breaking level of participation at a time of political uncertainty in the Islamic Republic.
'Armed' Chinese ship near disputed isles, Japan's coast guard says
Japan and China routinely butt heads over ownership of the uninhabited East China Sea islets, but this time the ship was said to be armed.
India's Modi makes a surprise 'goodwill' visit to Pakistan
The Indian prime minister visited arch-rival Pakistan on Friday, the first such trip in a decade.
Leading pollster finds Palestinian public opinion on violence 'frightening'
'Their support for violence is not motivated by Islamic ideology. They are motivated by their despair.'
Survivor pulled from China's landslide rubble after being buried for 3 days
Rescuers scrabbling through the debris of a huge three-day-old landslide discovered a young man alive in the mud on Wednesday.
Platini slams FIFA ban as 'masquerade', vows to fight in court
US-SOCCER-FIFA:Platini slams FIFA ban as 'masquerade', vows to fight in court
US Democrats hit Trump, clash over jihadist fight in debate
Hillary Clinton and other Democratic presidential hopefuls used Donald Trump as a political bogeyman Saturday to highlight their own calls to defeat jihadist extremists.
Lifeguards from Spain's party beaches are the quiet heroes of Lesbos
'I couldn’t understand why the children were dying so close to the beach and no one was saving them.'
There is no bromance between Trump and Putin
Putin just knows when and how to butter up power-hungry Americans.
Imagine if people in Congress shared a dorm. In Myanmar, they do
It looks like a college dormitory. Or perhaps a minimum-security prison.
UN endorses Syria peace plan in rare show of unity among big powers
The plan calls for a ceasefire, talks between the Syrian government and opposition, and a roughly two-year timeline to create a unity government and hold elections.