Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
IS claims beheading of US aid worker Kassig
The Islamic State released a video Sunday that also showed the gruesome simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 men described as Syrian military personnel.
Hong Kong student leaders blocked from traveling to Beijing
The three students were seeking direct talks with top Chinese leaders.
Putin plans to leave G20 early after West blasts Russia over Ukraine
"I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine," Canadian PM Stephen Harper said to Putin.
Iraq forces break jihadist siege of main oil refinery
Iraqi forces broke the months-long siege by the Islamic State as America's top officer flew in to discuss the possibility of expanded war.
Wondering if you’re corrupt? In Indonesia there’s an app for that
One reason graft is so rampant is that people don’t know when a gift is a bribe. (Hint: Bars of gold? Not okay.)
Europe looks left
While attention is focused on the rise of the radical right, a new generation of leftists is also making waves.
This week in lonely battles: David Cameron vs. the EU
The UK’s spat with Brussels is straining Britain’s relations with the rest of Europe and giving the prime minister a headache at home.
Lessons from Ebola: Health care in Africa needs a PEPFAR-like approach
Commentary: With Ebola hysteria fading in the US, we now risk losing sight of a critical larger issue — the need to build strong health care systems in the poorest parts of Africa. World leaders would do well to take their cues from the PEPFAR program.
Tending to the graves of WWI dead, Gazan gardener weathers modern conflict
As a Palestinian gardener cares for the headstones of fallen soldiers in a World War I cemetery, he also works to protect his family from Hamas-Israel violence.
This lawyer helped topple a crooked president. Now he’s taking on corruption worldwide
Jose Ugaz was an attorney in one of Latin America's biggest corruption cases ever. Now he's heading watchdog Transparency International as it attempts a tough new strategy to stop a $1 trillion-per-year problem.
'Sputnik' is back, this time to help you understand the truth about Russia
Moscow's latest media brand is aimed at securing a victory in the bitter information war with the West.
To cure Ebola, look at sepsis
Killing more people in a month than Ebola has in decades, understanding the disease is key to curbing the current outbreak.
Catalonia vote leaves independence unresolved
Almost 2 million Catalans voted to split from Spain. Many more stayed home.
How World War I made combat even more terrible
Analysis: The 'Great War' introduced mechanized technology and the soulless calculus of attrition into warfare.
Why World War I is so often forgotten in America
Analysis: The "Great War" is often overshadowed by World War II and later wars.
Here's what needs to happen for Catalonia to legally split from Spain
Catalonia's vote for independence will be non-binding and largely symbolic. Is there another way?
Two American detainees freed by North Korea
Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller are headed home.
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.