Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
As Baghdad lifts curfew, bombs are reminder of country at war
Five blasts across Baghdad on Saturday tempered Iraqis' anticipation of a more relaxed and accessible capital.
Europe and US clash over how to confront Putin on Ukraine
On Saturday, Germany's Angela Merkel warned against sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists.
Europe's other Greek problem
Beyond the economy, Athens' ties with Moscow are causing concern for allies.
Tony Abbott's own party is trying to oust him from office
A junior member of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's own party has called for a vote to replace the Australian leader.
A mother of seven is the Kremlin’s newest enemy of the state
Svetlana Davydova alerted Ukrainian authorities there might be Russian soldiers in their midst. Now she's accused of treason.
Venezuela's secrecy is so bad some people aren't even sure when Hugo Chavez died
Analysis: Experts say the lack of information makes it impossible to confirm or deny a new claim that the Venezuelan president died earlier than we were told.
The Islamic State beheadings are firing up Japan’s hawks
Despite a pacifist constitution, Prime Minister Abe is demanding a more aggressive response to the terrorists, and a stronger Japan.
Pilot held by Islamic State puts Jordan's king in a tough spot
King Abdullah has defended the US-led campaign against the hardline group in Syria, saying moderate Muslims must take a stand.
Pro-democracy protesters back in Hong Kong, no violence
The large-scale rally Sunday was the first since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub late last year.
Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is free
The campaign continues for the release of the other two Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt.
Japan condemns 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim
Prime Minister Abe, on the verge of tears, pledged not to back down and said he would increase humanitarian aid to the Middle East.
New global effort to protect journalists takes shape
With freedom of expression under threat, organizations including Associated Press, Reuters and the Committee to Protect Journalists are banding together to better prepare and support correspondents in the field.
Will 2015 be the turning point against climate change?
Analysis: President Obama's progress with China and India could be the start of something bigger.
EU rebuffs Greece's criticism of Ukraine statement
And Greece's newly appointed Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis was quoted on Wednesday as saying Greece had no interest in imposing sanctions on Russia.
The Nisman files: A who’s who in Argentina’s deadly whodunit
The cast of characters around the mysterious death of the prosecutor who alleged his government was covering up Iran’s role in a Jewish center bombing.
5 things to know about the UK elections
Point 1: Anything can happen.
Greece: What next?
Tsipras or Merkel will have to give ground if Greece is to stay in the euro zone.
Greek elections: The view from the Kremlin
Analysis: For Putin's Russia, the Syriza win comes in handy.
Syria's president says US should ask permission to launch air strikes against Islamic State
President Bashar al-Assad said he's serious about fighting terrorism.
More than 15 dead on the 4th anniversary of Egypt's revolution
Meanwhile tensions surged ahead of the anniversary, with the killings of two female demonstrators.
Boko Haram wages new Nigeria attacks as Kerry visits
Kerry is expected to address poll-related violence, which has blighted previous Nigerian elections and which it is feared could erupt again, ahead of polls next month.
Greece votes in make-or-break election
The left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza party led by Alexis Tsipras looks likely to win the Greek general election.
Abe remains defiant, says Japan will never give in to terrorism
With one hostage remaining with the Islamic State, Abe said Sunday that Japan is 'not wavering at all on this policy.'
Obama, Modi break nuclear impasse, hail new 'friendship'
In a break with protocol, Modi greeted Obama with a bear hug as he stepped off Air Force One.
This is the gruesome aftermath of another rocket strike on civilians in eastern Ukraine
Civilians keep dying as pro-Russian rebels promise more war.
Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands release of remaining hostage
A video released Saturday allegedly showed a gaunt Kenji Goto in an orange T-shirt saying his colleague Haruna Yukawa had been executed.
Why King Abdullah was buried in an unmarked grave
Your questions answered.
Thousands of Yemenis stage biggest anti-Houthi protest in Sanaa
The demonstration comes two days after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's resignation left the country in political limbo.
World leaders head to Saudi after king's death
King Abdullah won praise for his role as mediator between Muslims and the West, but campaigners criticized his rights record.
None of these things work anymore in Crimea
It’s been downhill ever since Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula last March.
7 times celebrities made embarrassing political statements on social media
Lindsay Lohan's Instagram tribute to the late Saudi king was pretty weird, but celebrities have done worse.