Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
Iran is holding the most important elections in the Islamic Republic's history
Iran’s clerics and lawmakers have been jockeying for position during feverish campaigns.
Russia gives France puppy to replace police dog killed by jihadists
Russia has offered to send an Alsatian puppy to France in a gesture of solidarity after a police dog was killed during a raid on jihadists linked to the Paris attacks.
Buenos Aires street art is crying to stop oil drilling
But both candidates in Sunday's presidential election were pretty gung ho about fracking.
Neurotic priests scare me, says Pope
Pope Francis on Friday described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them.
Women will start earning as much money as men do in 2133
The World Economic Forum says it will take a few more generations to close the global gender pay gap.
The internet has found a reason to care about the APEC summit
Things are getting sexy at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Manila.
Here are 8 key takeaways from Myanmar’s inspiring election
Voters of Myanmar overwhelmingly rejected the military generals who've ruled them for decades. What happens now?
A potent new type of meth is named after Myanmar’s pro-democracy heroes
How the country's most famous uprising became a brand name for its go-to drug.
Scotland shows a warm welcome to the UK's first Syrian refugees
'These people are fleeing their homes in the search for protection and security, and we are their refuge. We cannot let the actions of the few destroy the safety of the many.'
How India built the International Space Station, and other lessons from an Indian propaganda video
Someone needs to fact-check this ode to Modi.
Inside Molenbeek, the troubled Brussels neighborhood linked to terror in Paris
'When Belgo-Belgians from outside do see the real Molenbeek, they are often astonished to discover that it's not like they've been told.'
US states turn back on Syria refugees after Paris attacks
At least 19 US states moved to shut the door on Syrian refugees on Monday as governors cited security fears in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Southern Beirut residents are dazed but defiant after Islamic State bombings
'Whatever happens I am staying in the neighborhood. This only makes me more stubborn to stay.'
It's official: Myanmar's military was defeated in free elections
The next couple of months are going to be really interesting for Myanmar.
Iraq Kurd leader announces the 'liberation' of Sinjar from IS
Iraqi Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani on Friday said the town of Sinjar was freed in a major operation against the Islamic State.
Austria to build fence on Slovenia border in new blow to Schengen pact
Austria announced Friday it would erect a metal fence along its border with Slovenia, in a new blow to the EU's cherished open-border Schengen accord.
Mastermind behind Indonesia’s crocodile-guarded prison also considering piranhas
And he's not stopping there. 'We could use tigers too — for conservation at the same time.'
Witnesses to the Beirut bombings describe carnage in the street
'My friend saw the second guy and tried to stop him. He wrapped his arms around him and then it exploded.'
Twin bombings kill at least 37 in Beirut's first attacks since 2014
Beirut’s southern suburbs, home to a large Shia population, were the target of a number of attacks last year by radical militant groups from Syria.
China probably doesn't want you looking at these photos
Three weeks from the Paris climate change talks, China is again blanketed in smog.
Myanmar’s state-backed militias are flooding Asia with meth
A GlobalPost investigation tracks the narco-armies in Myanmar’s highlands fueling the region's worst addiction.
A new Amazon highway threatens some of the rainforest's last uncontacted tribes
Its backers say it'll bring development to remote communities. Environment officials warn it will help illegal miners and loggers.
German intelligence spied on the FBI, UN agencies, US and EU companies and more
The latest news on the BND spy service fuels a debate in Germany about state surveillance that was kicked off by the revelations of NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Catalonia keeps pushing to secede from Spain, whether you like it or not
Popular support for independence among Catalans, though, is debatable.
The US has a law to stop NASA from working with China, and scientists hate it
Is it time for the US and China to start cooperating in space?
The military just got crushed in Myanmar
National elections in Myanmar appear to have given the opposition democratic party a huge mandate.
Indonesia plans crocodile-guarded prison island for drug convicts
The proposal is the pet project of anti-drugs chief Budi Waseso, who plans to visit various parts of the archipelago in his search for fierce reptiles to guard the jail.
The Catalan parliament has voted to secede from Spain
Lawmakers in Catalonia officially kicked off a process Monday to secede from Spain by 2017 in an unprecedented showdown with Madrid's central government.
Ukraine’s anti-corruption drive isn’t working
That’s a problem, since cracking down on graft was a key demand of last year’s street revolution — and, foreign aid depends on it.
You'd think Aung San Suu Kyi was running for president
Her National League for Democracy doesn't mind a bit of early celebration, especially when The Lady herself has said she will be 'above the president.'
How Myanmar's ruling party tried (and failed) to win voters
The ruling military-backed elites pressured the public to overlook their misdeeds and let them hold power. It didn't work.