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Turkey’s deadliest terror attack divides the country more than ever
The weekend's bombings are threatening to plunge Turkey, a key NATO member, into deeper instability.
Zimbabwe drops case against US dentist who killed Cecil the lion
On Monday Zimbabwe abandoned its bid to press charges against American Walter Palmer, saying his papers 'were in order' and that he did not know he was committing a crime.
A warning to the leaders of the rich world
Wealthier countries are not doing nearly enough to share the burden of taking in refugees, Amnesty International says.
Turkish author and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk blames Erdogan for bringing country to brink
Turkey's leading writer warned the country could collapse into sectarian conflict and blamed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Why India's beef lynching is not about a dead cow
A man is murdered in a village outside Delhi and the headlines say it was because he ate beef. The real story is even more frightening than that.
Whoever bombed Ankara succeeded in further polarizing Turkish society
The government has made it clear that elections will still be held on Nov. 1. Let's hope there are no more opening acts.
Thousands rally in Ankara to remember victims of bombings
Suspected suicide bombers killed at least 95 people in twin bombings at a peace rally on Saturday, making it Turkey's deadliest attack in recent history.
Can a Nobel Prize open up Belarus?
Even before Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for literature, there were faint signs of change for her closed country.
Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards general killed in Syria: IRGC
Tehran denies having any military forces in Syria, but says it has offered 'military advice' to Assad's forces in their fight against 'terrorist groups.'
In these four countries, the TPP’s rules on generic drugs could kill people
The secretive mega-trade deal would bar some of the poorest citizens in Peru, Mexico, Malaysia and Vietnam from accessing life-saving medicines.
Austria held thousands of refugees in a squalid camp run by a for-profit company
Critics are chiding the social democratic country for supposedly mimicking America's private sector prison model.
Why China doesn’t mind being left out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The largest regional trade agreement in history is no big deal to China.
Here's how Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday
He won at ice hockey, made a new best friend, and sent a whole new round of Russian bombs into Syria.
Mexicans are determined to have the last laugh on Donald Trump
UN chief urges the US to curb its 'appalling' gun violence
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged the United States to take action to curb gun violence, saying it was taking an 'appalling toll' on American society.
75 percent of Republicans say they're 'less likely' to vote for a Muslim: Reuters/Ipsos poll
When the poll was narrowed to just likely Republican primary voters, the total jumped to 84 percent.
Peru just offered amnesty to potential grenade attack plotters
After vicious attacks and threats, the government says anyone with illegal grenades can hand them over anonymously.
Al Jazeera journalists are free, but Egypt’s jails still host thousands of political prisoners
The Egyptian authorities are 'effectively holding political prisoners like bargaining chips, releasing them only when politically expedient.'
The reason Australia denied Chris Brown’s visa is more complicated than you think
The issue of domestic violence has dominated Australian headlines this month, and not because a convicted girlfriend-beater wanted to tour there.
Belarus' president has a 'Mini-Me' — and he came to the United Nations
Often called 'Europe's last dictator,' Alexander Lukashenko brought his 11-year-old son to the UN.
The internet is crucial for refugee journeys — and for the smugglers who profit off them
It's one of the main reasons refugees rarely set out without a smart phone.
UN to adopt ambitious new goals today
The UN General Assembly is underway.
Pope Francis urges US bishops to end Church sex abuse
Pope Francis told US bishops on Wednesday to work to ensure the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church never happens again.
Xi Jinping and Pope Francis compete for attention in the United States
Guess who is winning.
For one shining moment, the US Embassy in Moscow was the best troll on Twitter
America made sure Putin isn’t the only meme in Moscow.
In his first state visit to America, China's president will start in Seattle
He will be meeting 15 of the top American tech executives. Here's why.
Two crazy statistics show Rio’s gross water problem isn't going away
Brazil's barely skimming the surface of trash and feces-filled sites of the next Summer Olympic Games.
Iranians quietly question their government's role in Syria and beyond
Iran's signing of the nuclear deal has created a bit of daylight for skeptics.
Germany still has an awkward Nazi law and some don't want to let it go
The justice minister is trying to revise the Nazi section. Simple enough, right?
A lesbian couple says Spanish authorities denied them artificial insemination treatments
A lesbian couple is suing Spanish authorities who they say refused them the right to have a child by artificial insemination, a rights group said Tuesday.
Tony Abbott is no longer the prime minister of Australia