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Egypt’s ‘deep state’ proves victorious
Analysis: By stifling dissent and restoring strong ties with the US, Egypt's military government is as strong as ever.
Smuggler gangs in the Mediterranean are big, deadly business
As the number of migrants traveling to Italy via Libya explodes, smuggling gangs stand to make a profit.
Did [redacted] help the US torture?
Britain grapples with its own role in the torture and detention of terror suspects.
Here’s something else you can pin on Russia
A new doping scandal is prompting speculation among Russian officials about what other misdeeds the international community will accuse Moscow of committing.
This graphic shows that torture is a global problem
79 out of the 155 countries that have adopted the UN Convention Against Torture are violating it, activists say.
Lima's UN climate talks aren't even focusing on keeping down temperatures
Meanwhile, extreme weather events like this week's Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines continue to wreak havoc.
Ukraine's familiar fight for a national identity
Analysis: A century after World War I began, old European enmities are shaping the present conflict with Russia.
The US Senate is about to blow the lid off the CIA's tortured recent history
Details like sexual threats and other heinous torture techniques used by the CIA are about to go public. US security personnel around the world are gearing up for a possible backlash.
With freed prisoners, Uruguay also receives a high-profile Guantanamo force-feeding case
One of the arrivals, Abu Wa’el Dhiab, is leading a legal battle against the United States for force-feeding him while he was on hunger strike.
Six Guantanamo detainees sent to Uruguay
Uruguay's leftist leader made the 'humanitarian' gesture to help Obama fulfill his long-delayed promise to close the US military prison.
At least 13 killed in failed US bid to rescue hostages in Yemen
US special forces raided the village of Dafaar in Shabwa province shortly after midnight on Saturday.
Additional 1,000 US troops to stay in Afghanistan
President Barack Obama approved the move despite an earlier plan to limit the US force to a maximum of 9,800 troops in 2015.
US, South African hostages in Yemen killed in rescue attempt
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the attempted rescue had only been approved because of information that the American's life was in imminent danger.
As protests mount, Athens braces for the worst
For nearly a month, anarchist Nikos Romanos has been on hunger strike. Today, those in solidarity with him find fuel in protests commemorating the shooting death of another young anarchist in 2008.
A year after Mandela's death, South Africans are literally in the dark
They also haven't gotten their mail for 4 months. But those are symptoms of bigger problems.
Global news community stands its ground against a 'new war on journalists'
Commentary: Amid growing violence against us, our colleagues’ work and their sacrifices inspire us to keep going.
Here's what's next for Hong Kong's embattled democracy movement
Protest leaders seek to keep pressure on the government, without alienating a weary public.
Vladimir Putin to the West: My problems are all your fault
How dare you blame Russia for its own aggressive policies?
Red Light Jihad: Thailand’s new breed of Facebook jihadis
An increasingly extreme Islamic insurgency surfaces from the shadows to taunt its prey.
Red Light Jihad: Islamic insurgency in Thailand’s strangest party town
A holy war in the city where Muslims indulge in sleaze forbidden back home.
Are the missing students protests turning into a Mexican spring?
Analysis: More than two months after Mexico’s Ayotzinapa students disappeared, protests are still rocking the country, and they’re spreading. Many demonstrators want to remove President Enrique Peña Nieto. But most analysts say that’s not likely.
High-profile corruption scandals are rocking European politics
The pork factor is fueling voter anger with mainstream politicians in southern countries.
It's still okay to kick guys in the crotch on British TV, just not in porn
Sex industry workers say new internet porn restrictions don't make sense.
Venezuela's government accuses this politician of plotting to kill the president. Watch her response
Maria Corina Machado has some fighting words for President Nicolas Maduro.
Vladimir Putin’s worst nightmare may be happening right now
Is Russia’s tanking economy making its leader vulnerable?
9 global charities that probably won't waste your money on #GivingTuesday
These groups get high marks for their work on the world's biggest problems.
A daughter's journey: Reflections from Cape Town on World AIDS Day
Tracy Jarrett returns to Cape Town, two years after she first reported there for GlobalPost to learn about the disease that took her mother's life and forever changed her own.
Qatar court acquits US couple over daughter's death
The couple, who are of Asian descent, were initially accused of starving to death their child to sell her organs.
Kabul police chief quits after South African family dies in Taliban attack
Meanwhile officials said Afghan forces had ousted insurgents trying to seize former US and British base Camp Bastion in the south.
Moldovans vote, may slow moves to integrate with Europe
Public opinion in one of Europe's smallest and poorest countries is divided over whether to stick to the pro-Europe path or reverse course and join the Russia-led economic bloc.
Egyptian court drops case against Mubarak over 2011 protest deaths
His supporters erupted into celebration when the verdicts of a retrial were read out.