Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
20,000 Syrians stranded at Turkey border after Aleppo siege
Up to 20,000 Syrians fleeing a government advance in northern Aleppo province have gathered at a border crossing with Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday.
UN panel rules that Julian Assange's embassy confinement is an illegal detention
A UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled that Julian Assange's confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounts to illegal detention.
Hundreds more US troops in Iraq than previously stated
Hundreds more American troops are in Iraq than the Pentagon previously stated, an official said Wednesday in an acknowledgement underscoring the sensitivity of US deployments to the war-torn nation.
Australia’s top court says it's legal to hold refugees in island detention camps
Others argue that it is immoral, inhumane and cruel.
Germany is trying to make itself less attractive to migrants
Berlin on Wednesday approved a package of measures aimed at making Germany less attractive to economic migrants, including reducing benefits.
Obama slams anti-Muslim rhetoric on first US mosque visit as president
Obama offered an impassioned rebuttal of "inexcusable" Republican election rhetoric against Muslims on his first trip to an American mosque since becoming president.
Two surprising things happened in Iowa last night
And here's why they matter to the world.
Amazingly, key leaders are still optimistic about Syria talks
The Islamic State claimed twin blasts in Damascus on Sunday that killed at least 60 people and threw off negotiators in Geneva, where peace talks were maybe somehow about to start.
In Moldova, even the ‘good guys’ are accused of corruption
It goes to show just how chaotic politics are in the former Soviet republic, one of Europe’s poorest countries.
On Gandhi’s death anniversary, not everyone is grieving
Opposition to Gandhi persists in India and around the world.
France to recognise Palestinian state unless deadlock with Israel broken
US-FRANCE-PALESTINIANS:France to recognise Palestinian state unless deadlock with Israel broken
Venezuela's capital ranks as the world's most murderous city
Take note, Americans: There are 4 US cities on the list, too.
Iranian oil won't flood the market as quickly as you might think
Now that crippling sanctions have been mostly lifted, oil is a key part of Iran's revival. But it won't be easy, or fast.
No breakthrough as Merkel, Renzi pledge to tackle migrant crisis
The German and Italian leaders Friday pledged to tackle Europe's migrant influx but failed to resolve discord on an EU deal with Turkey to limit arrivals, a day after Berlin moved to tighten asylum rules.
There’s only one country in the world as corrupt as North Korea
So says Transparency International, which ranks the hermit kingdom at the bottom of its list for the fifth year running.
David Cameron found out the hard way that Muslim women are not #TraditionallySubmissive
The British prime minister might want to update his views.
Egypt today looks a lot like it did before the revolution
The start of Egypt's revolution was 5 years ago today. There isn't a lot for activists to celebrate.
After retaking key city, Syrian government in no mood to make concessions
Meanwhile, Syria talks set for Monday are certain to be delayed — in large part because no one can decide who will represent the opposition.
These European countries are seizing cash and valuables from refugees
Critics are up in arms against regulations that allow officials to confiscate assets from asylum-seekers to help finance their stay.
US student detained in North Korea 'over hotel incident'
Mum's the word on what exactly Otto Warmbier did that has everyone in Pyongyang so upset.
Vietnam mourns the death of its legendary anti-imperialist turtle
The revered creature's demise, right before a key Communist Party conference, has the superstitious worried.
Japan accepts 27 refugees last year, rejects 99%
The country has long been nervous about an influx of refugees into its homogeneous society and has tightly restricted the number it accepts.
Democracy is broken all over Europe
Differences over Russia and refugees go to the core of the region's political dilemma.
'War to get me out': Wife of freed US reporter Jason Rezaian tells of Iran ordeal
The wife of freed US reporter Jason Rezaian has described her harrowing 25-hour ordeal as she tried to leave Iran with her husband in an interview with the Washington Post.
Litvinenko isn't the only Putin critic who ended up dead
The ex-spy is just one of a trail of Putin foes who have mysteriously died over the years.
A British investigation has implicated Putin in murder
The British government says Putin ordered the hit on Alexander Litvinenko in London.
In Turkey, now an 'obscene hand gesture' can land you in jail
A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced a woman to almost a year in jail for making an obscene hand gesture at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2 eras, 1 dream: Photos of immigrants on Ellis Island and today's Syrian refugees
Seeing these photos side by side might change some Americans' perceptions of Syrian refugees.
India and Pakistan were on the brink of real progress. Then everything went wrong
At the end of last year, the two countries looked closer than ever. Then Pakistani terrorists attacked an Indian air force base.
Donald Trump isn't banned in the UK, but he took a beating there
Not a good look, just weeks before the primaries.
France commits $2 billion to tackle its 'economic emergency'
The eurozone's second-largest economy is hurting from high unemployment. President Hollande says he'll fix that, finally, without tax hikes.