Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
Cuba says US must respect its communist system
President Raul Castro warned that Cuban-American exiles might try to sabotage the rapprochement.
'Gucci Grace' Mugabe eyes the throne
Zimbabwe's First Lady has bold political ambitions, and some observers believe she is already pulling the strings.
North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with US
North's foreign ministry said there would be 'grave consequences' if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe.
The Cuban expats are celebrating — the ones in Mexico, that is
Mexico has one of the biggest Cuban immigrant communities after the US. Many are happy Obama's restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, and hoping for an end to the trade embargo.
Sad about North Korea killing 'The Interview'? Here's a way to fill your dictator-shaped void
'The Interview' and its depiction of Kim Jong Un got pulled, but the entertainment industry has produced plenty of other dictatorial performances to enjoy.
Europe takes a harder line on migrants
The EU is moving away from saving lives, focusing instead on keeping newcomers out.
Europe finds unity on Russia
But a stress-free year-end summit can't hide the huge challenges facing the EU in 2015.
FBI says North Korean government was responsible for the Sony cyber attack
President Barack Obama also said the United States would "respond proportionally" to the incident.
No, Putin doesn’t know how to fix Russia’s economy
But don’t worry, he says, things will get better. Seeking to calm fears, the president blames the West for his country’s crisis.
In Greece, young migrants fight to be considered Greek
Children of Greek migrants still face a long road to full acceptance in the country they call home.
Raul Castro to Obama: Thanks, Barack. Now end the sanctions
Cuban leader says his people want better relations with the US but won’t compromise their independence.
Pakistan mourns 148 killed in Taliban school massacre
The assault on an army-run school is the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history.
Why that Australian hostage taker was a delusional phony
News analysis: Here are Asia-Pacific’s real jihadi groups.
From Ferguson to Plymouth Rock, protests against oppressive systems unite
Americans of various ethnic backgrounds cry out against modern-day exploitation.
Is Europe cursed by hard times?
EU leaders are struggling to find an escape route from ongoing economic stagnation.
For child migrants in France, growing up could mean losing it all
Thousands of unaccompanied minors face unemployment and homelessness in their adopted country as they come of age.
Obama just sanctioned Venezuela. Here's what he needs to consider
Analysis: The US president imposed sanctions on Venezuelan government officials. He needs to take these not-so-small issues into account.
Europe’s refugee asylum systems buckling under pressure
For refugees fleeing violence and oppression, reaching Europe means facing a whole new set of challenges.
Photographing Greece's 'lost generation'
A generation of young people has gotten stuck in Greece, their dreams to make better lives elsewhere deferred.
Lima climate talks fall short, making 2015 breakthrough less likely
The meeting ended with a far more modest agenda than many had hoped for.
PM Abe's coalition cruises to big win in Japan election
But many voters, doubtful of both the premier's 'Abenomics' strategy and the opposition's ability to do any better, stayed at home.
Dozens killed in Afghanistan fighting as foreign troops head home
The army and police say they killed more than 50 militants nationwide in the past 48 hours.
America's legacy of torture
Declassified documents trace the CIA's torture program back to the 1950s, when the CIA developed a curriculum to teach Latin American militaries how to torture.
Read the full text of the bill the US Congress just passed to punish Venezuela
And Barack Obama is expected to approve it.
Greece's political uncertainty is rocking its stock market
Greece is creeping gingerly out of a debilitating recession that lasted six years and which left about a fifth of the population unemployed.
Egypt’s ‘deep state’ proves victorious
Analysis: By stifling dissent and restoring strong ties with the US, Egypt's military government is as strong as ever.
Smuggler gangs in the Mediterranean are big, deadly business
As the number of migrants traveling to Italy via Libya explodes, smuggling gangs stand to make a profit.
Did [redacted] help the US torture?
Britain grapples with its own role in the torture and detention of terror suspects.
Here’s something else you can pin on Russia
A new doping scandal is prompting speculation among Russian officials about what other misdeeds the international community will accuse Moscow of committing.
This graphic shows that torture is a global problem
79 out of the 155 countries that have adopted the UN Convention Against Torture are violating it, activists say.
Lima's UN climate talks aren't even focusing on keeping down temperatures
Meanwhile, extreme weather events like this week's Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines continue to wreak havoc.