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This is how Assad celebrates Easter

Throughout Syria's conflict, the Assad regime has sought to portray itself as the protector of the country's religious minorities against a revolt it says is led by foreign-backed extremists.

Pope Francis asks everyone to remember what Easter is really about

Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass on Sunday with a message of social solidarity as the world's Orthodox marked a holiday marred by bitter divisions over Ukraine and clashes in Jerusalem.

So much for an Easter truce in east Ukraine

A deadly gunfight in a town in restive east Ukraine on Sunday shattered a fragile Easter truce, with Russia declaring itself "outraged" at the return to violence in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic.

Ukraine is pulling back from the abyss, for now

The Geneva agreement puts off for the present some very ticklish decisions that Washington and its allies will have to face if Russia and Ukraine can't find a way to live together. But will it last?

President Xi Jinping is amping up his anti-graft offensive at the highest levels of the Communist Party

HONG KONG — After more than a year, China’s seemingly unstoppable anti-corruption campaign is continuing its remarkable pace. Just in the last week, three high-level officials have been taken down. All three are tied to the ultimate target, who formerly ranked among the Communist Party's most powerful officials. Here's why the crackdown is dangerous for China and the party.

These 12 leaders were targets of hilarious shoe attacks for not so hilarious reasons

Since the Bush shoe incident of 2008, the shoe has been a popular means to protest world leaders.

Afghan election love fest is officially over

It took exactly one week for the Afghan elections to lose their luster. Delays in reporting, news of violence and fraud have all contributed to a more critical assessment of the process than the general euphoria that followed the vote.

Kyiv readies troops to deal with Russia's 'aggression'

KYIV, Ukraine, and MOSCOW, Russia — Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kyiv prepared troops to deal with what it called an "act of aggression by Russia."

Kim Jong Un was 're-elected' North Korea's leader

It's not hard to win an election when you are the only candidate and no one votes against you.

The most likely outcome of India’s election is unmitigated chaos

NEW DELHI — Foreign investors seem confident that Narendra Modi will become India’s next prime minister in the elections that began April 7. They’ve shown their approval by pouring about $4.4 billion into India since March — roughly around when Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began stretching its poll lead over the ruling Congress party. Indian investors, however, see things differently.
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