Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
Is Washington losing central Europe — or throwing it away?
As American officials respond to Russian actions in Ukraine, some worry Cold War-style rhetoric may be alienating the countries it’s supposed to help secure.
Without jobs, young people will continue to turn toward violence
From Bosnia to Nigeria to the Islamic State, unemployed youth are more easily drawn into patterns of conflict.
History is a never-ending battle — and Russia is always victorious
For Russians, remembering the past is no easy task.
5 newly elected Republicans who should really stop talking about foreign policy
Sex abuse scandal puts Irish politics in the spotlight
Sinn Fein has been on a path to dominating the political scene. Now the party’s tight discipline is coming under question.
Why Beijing cracked down on Halloween
It turns out Zombie walks and political summits don’t mix.
Ukraine rattled by Russia troop movements as separatists vote
The polls undercut the teetering Sept. 5 truce between Ukraine's government and the heavily armed separatists.
'One game too far': the downfall of Burkina Faso's president
Blaise Compaore had hoped to outmaneuver his rivals one more time.
Time running out to reach 2 C warming target: UN experts
UN climate experts warned Sunday that current trends in carbon emissions will lead to disaster.
Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'
In the latest message, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said while laughing: 'We have married them off. They are in their marital homes.'
Catalan identity is reviving its French accent
Catalonia’s vote on independence from Spain this week is raising questions among the neighbors.
Scientists call for more African-led research and development
Experts say that HIV prevention research should be growing in the places that bear the biggest burden of the disease.
Taiwan courts China, despite rifts and pressure
In an exclusive interview, President Ma Ying Jeou says Taiwan is watching whether Beijing honors its promises in Hong Kong.
This is what Ukraine’s new reformers are facing
Getting into parliament was the easy part for a new generation of democrats.
Divided cities learn lessons from one another's struggles
This year’s Forum for Cities in Transition fosters a growing tradition of communication among societies seeking to heal from long term conflict.
Romanian election raises concerns about democracy
As voters head to the polls on Sunday, critics say a victory for Victor Ponta could undermine a nascent fight against corruption.
Are Germans really obsessed with austerity?
As Europe braces for another possible recession, Germany is coming under pressure to allow more spending. A lot of Germans believe that won’t help.
Poll: Millennials will be swing vote in midterms, 2016
Young people will be the determining demographic in upcoming elections, but they are also losing their faith in the abilities of their government.
19 Instagram photos that helped kill Hungary's internet tax
Take notes, Americans. This is how you protect internet freedom.
Issues of race, gender and class helped Rousseff win another term in Brazil
Will she continue to expand her racial justice policies during the next four years?
No, Canadians are not invading America, but here are real security issues to worry about up north
Stop blaming Canada.
Good thing Catalans have grit. They're going to need a lot of it to gain independence
The restive Spanish region of Catalonia is preparing for a symbolic referendum on secession, even as the government is moving to block it.
Soldiers, doctors fight to keep spirits up amid drawdown in Afghanistan
As the US pulls its troops out of the country, those who remain struggle against exhaustion, boredom and a sense of helpless resignation.
'If you're going to kill someone in South Africa, use a gun, not a Mini Cooper'
Prosecutors appeal Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence, while South Africans question a system that judged one celebrity killer a murderer and another just negligent.
Expectations high in Ukraine after pro-Western parties sweep elections
The president and prime minister are expected to announce a coalition after their parties appeared to dominate a parliamentary vote. But it’s not clear how well the new legislature will be able to shoulder its heavy new responsibilities.
No direct combat for Iraqi Kurds in Kobani
Meanwhile, the Islamic State loses ground in Iraq.
An author questioned God in Afghanistan's press. Here's what happened next
A newspaper closed, an editor arrested, protests popping up in the capital, all over an article that almost no one has seen. What gives?
Ukraine votes in poll likely to elect pro-West assembly
Sunday saw the first parliamentary poll since protests in Kyiv last winter forced Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich to flee.
Brazilian presidential vote begins with Rousseff as narrow favorite
Polls gave Rousseff between a 4- and 6-percent lead over her rival, though the election remained too close to call.
Tunisia is the birthplace of the Arab Spring. So why are so many Tunisians uninterested in voting?
A precarious security situation and flat economy has left many wondering what they fought for.
Brazil candidates trade final barbs before vote
Aecio Neves asked Dilma Rousseff about a report claiming she "knew everything" about an alleged multi-billion-dollar kickback scheme at state oil giant Petrobras.