Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
Pakistan lifts YouTube ban after Google launches local censor-friendly version
Pakistan Monday lifted a years-long ban on video-sharing site YouTube after Google launched a country-specific version ensuring the filtering out of content deemed blasphemous.
Iran forward and back again
With new ballistic missile sanctions in place a day after nuclear sanctions were lifted, this 'new chapter' of US-Iran ties is looking a bit like some old ones we've read.
Nuclear watchdog chief in Iran for talks after deal
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano was due to hold talks in Tehran Monday on ensuring Iran's continued compliance with a nuclear deal the US and Iranian presidents hailed as a historic breakthrough.
US prisoners leave Iran, arrive in Germany, as Obama hails win for diplomacy
The lifting of sanctions and the prisoner deal considerably reduce the hostility between Tehran and Washington that has shaped the Middle East since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
K-pop star forced to make humiliating apology on camera after waving Taiwan's flag (VIDEO)
If you thought China would take that lying down, you thought wrong.
There’s a huge reason US voters should care about Taiwan’s first female president
Tsai Ing-wen will preside over a simmering feud that, if ignited, would suck the United States into a very nasty conflict.
Wikipedia announces its most edited page of all time: 'George W. Bush'
Former US president George W. Bush may no longer be able to change the course of history — but that hasn't stopped others trying for him.
Sorry Romanian prisoners, writing books won’t get you out of jail anymore
With more than 300 prisoner-produced works last year, the government is scrapping its write-for-freedom law.
The state of US foreign policy
Here's what Obama had to say about the world during his speech last night.
Iran holds 10 US sailors in Gulf
Iranian forces seized 10 American troops on Tuesday after their patrol boats strayed into hostile Gulf waters, in a setback to thawing ties between the foes.
A Muslim woman was kicked out of a Trump rally for standing up and being Muslim
And the crowd went wild.
'Merkel out!': German far-right vents fury after Cologne attacks
Waving German flags, supporters of the xenophobic PEGIDA movement marched against migrants on Saturday, after a rash of sexual assaults.
We can’t blame El Niño for all the world’s weather problems
Bad decisions are also making South America more vulnerable to the extreme weather phenomenon.
Iran will protest Saudi 'bombing' of its Yemen embassy to UN Security Council
Iran accused Saudi warplanes of deliberately bombing its embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
Sometimes a day at work goes so wrong, it only lasts 14 minutes
That's the length of time active trading was open on China’s stock markets Thursday — making Jan. 7, 2016 its shortest trading day ever.
Australian officials are having an Anthony Weiner moment
Just stop texting.
China lands two more planes in disputed South China Sea: state media
Two civilian aircraft landed on a reef Vietnam also claims, despite international condemnation of a landing on the same reef days earlier.
8 things Obama’s gun safety actions will do
President Barack Obama, noting the more than 300,000 firearm-related US deaths over the past decade, announced executive orders Tuesday aimed at reducing gun violence.
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.