Democracy in action. Or not. The deals and dramas that decide who runs the world.
21 Republican US senators just voted against a ban on torture. Here are their names
Who are the elected lawmakers who read the CIA torture report and thought — meh?
The Pacific trade deal has all kinds of protections for businesses — but not for workers
The secretive, humongous treaty won’t stop labor abuses in poor countries, critics warn.
Europe's far-right leaders just formed one united bloc in EU parliament
Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and far-right leaders from Italy, Austria and Belgium are all on board.
Why South Africa let an alleged war criminal get away
The country’s ruling party says the International Criminal Court is 'no longer useful.'
Meet the foul-mouthed governor fighting to hold Ukraine's war-torn east together
The governor of Luhansk, Hennadiy Moskal, does not suffer fools — or Moscow-backed separatists.
How Catwoman became mayor of Madrid
Manuela Carmena rose from relative obscurity to unexpected power, thanks to a street art campaign and the internet.
Over 90 percent of the world's population wants zero carbon emissions
Climate change skeptics aren’t just fighting the science. There's a powerful tide of public opinion against them.
China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang jailed for life at secret trial
He's the highest ranking Chinese ex-official to be investigated for corruption in decades.
Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu resigns after major election losses
He will remain in his post until a new government is formed.
In a historic shift, Turks elect Yazidis, Armenians and Roma candidates to parliament
The Kurds were not the only winners in this game-changing election.
Beer, oompah music as Merkel treats Obama to folksy welcome
As Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to exploit any cracks in the united Western front on sanctions, Merkel treated Obama to a cozy reception heavy with symbolism.
Heavy police presence for G7 as protesters stage colorful demos
Around 4,000 people staged largely peaceful protests on the eve of the G7 summit in southern Germany.
Mexico has to vote this weekend amid candidate killings and ballot burnings
The death toll in the runup to Sunday's midterm elections is over 20, and counting.
The USA Freedom Act includes a controversial provision that nobody is talking about
The new law does more than limit NSA surveillance, but Americans are too excited about modest privacy reforms to notice.
South African official casually mentions Iraq War in reaction to US-led FIFA investigation
'If these developments will leave us as the way we have left the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, then it was not a worthy cause to pursue.'
Turkey's Kurds are threatening Erdogan's quest for greater powers
The Turkish president wants greater powers. The Kurds stand in his way.
White House threatens to veto bill restricting travel to Cuba
Congress wants to curb the number of flights and cruise ships going from the US to Cuba at a time when the Obama administration is encouraging open travel.
Turkey's Erdogan sues opposition chief over 'gold toilet seat' claim
He's seeking $37,300 in damages for slander.
Turkey's Erdogan challenges opposition to find his golden toilet seat
Erdogan moved into a controversial new 1,000-room palace after winning a presidential election last August. Now the opposition is trying to use his lavish home against him.
Sepp Blatter wins fifth term as FIFA president despite corruption storm
The election followed the the arrest on Wednesday of seven FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, accused by US authorities of taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes.
Chechnya's strongman keeps brazenly defying the Kremlin. Can he be tamed?
Meet Ramzan Kadyrov, Russia’s other photo-friendly strongman.
U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism
US-CUBA-USA:U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism
Buhari sworn in as Nigeria's president after historic election win
Muhammadu Buhari vows to tackle the country's many problems — including Boko Haram — "head on."
FIFA acts all democratic and votes for new leader
FIFA President Sepp Blatter is expected to be reelected.
Brazil’s corruption investigators want to dig up a ‘dead’ congressman
The world's other big fat bribery scandal — not FIFA, but at oil giant Petrobras — just keeps spreading.
Iran hopes sanctions will be lifted by December
The US says sanctions will be lifted in stages.
Ireland expected to allow gay marriage after historic vote
Ireland appeared to have voted to allow gay marriage Saturday in a historic referendum which would see the historically Catholic country become the world's first to make the change
Russia’s Eurovision song is all about peace and unity. You know, just like its foreign policy
Feeling the love, Russia.
State Department releases first Clinton emails
The missives are about Libya and the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi.
Ukraine has officially banned communist symbols and propaganda
If you love the USSR, don't say so.
Hungary's prime minister crusades against immigrants the country doesn't have
Hungary's prime minister is tacking right for all the wrong reasons.