The race to succeed Hugo Chavez culminates in a quickie election on April 14. Venezuela faces a choice to go forward with the socialist path Chavez carved out for the country in his nearly 14 years of rule or to steer a new route for the nation that has been plagued by high crime and isolationism. Based on free-speech and fraud track records of the past, observers are already concerned about whether the country can have a free and fair election.
Starting with exposure to the Greek debt crisis, Cyprus faced a downgrading to junk status and a troubled financial sector. A 10 billion Euro bailout was offered to Cyprus including austerity measures and a directive to close the country's second largest bank while putting levies on uninsured deposits at other banks as well. Protests erupted in Nicosia and outside banks as limits were placed on how much customers could withdraw and take out of the country.
After being sworn in to replace Hillary Clinton as the new U.S. secretary of State, former Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry left on a trip to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
The pope is the head of the Roman Catholic Church, elected by a conclave of cardinals. He is also the head of state of Vatican City and throughout history has wielded great influence over other monarchs and matters of state. Now with a tight focus on religious and moral guidance, the Holy See is still a diplomatic institution but focused on guiding the world's 1 billion Catholics. Here is a chronological list of the popes.
Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi condemned fellow leaders at the March 2008 Arab League summit in Syria.
North Korea has long drawn the ire of the international community for its nuclear program and missile tests coupled with threats against other countries. Here are the United Nations Security Council resolutions that have been passed against Pyonyang.
On Dec. 26, 2012, despite protests alleging that Islamists were making a power grab in post-Arab Spring Egypt, President Mohammed Morsi signed into law a new constitution. It was drafted without the participation of opposition and minority groups, and was put to a referendum just days before. It passed by 64 percent, but wide boycotts resulted in just a third of the electorate voting. Here are some notable portions of Egypt's new constitution.
The United States faced a double whammy of deep sequestration cuts and the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts at the beginning of 2013 that economists warned could send the country into another recession. But to the last minute, the parties had trouble finding common ground. Here are the 11th-hour perspectives from each side.
Each year, TIME magazine bestows its Person of the Year honor on the individual or group who "for better or for worse ...has done the most to influence the events of the year." Formerly the Man of the Year award, it began in 1927 when the magazine needed to give Charles Lindbergh more coverage for his feat of making the first trans-Atlantic flight. Every U.S. president has made the list at least once since its inception except for Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Gerald Ford. One U.S. president got the honor three times. Read on to see who the TIME Person of the Year has been each year.
2012 was the deadliest year for journalists since press-freedom organization Reporters Without Borders began keeping figures in 1995. In comparison to 2011, there was a 33 percent jump in the number of journalists killed in connection with their work.
On Oct. 28, 2012, the much-feared "Frankenstorm," named so for its proximity to Halloween, began to affect the Eastern United States with rain, wind, and high tides. Hurricane Sandy moved onshore the next evening at New Jersey with a 900-mile-wide reach that hit areas from North Carolina to Maine. Much of New York City was flooded and left in the dark, and a total of 8 million Americans were without power on the morning of Oct. 30 thanks to the historic storm that left dozens dead from the Caribbean to America.
On Oct. 22, 2012, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney met in Boca Raton, Fla., for the third and final presidential debate. At the conclusion of the debate, each man turned to the camera for a final appeal to voters. Here are those statements.
Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was an arms manufacturer in Sweden in the mid-1800s. Concerned with how he would be remembered, he established with his fortune a series of annual prizes for scientific and literary achievement, and for "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
In the last week of September 2012, leaders from around the world gathered at the United Nations for the 67th General Assembly. The lineup reflected a sea change from pre-Arab Spring gatherings, with no Moammar Gadhafi tearing up the UN charter and Egypt's first democratically elected president since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. It also came at a time of post-Arab Spring challenges, as the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed on Sept. 11, 2012, in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi. Here are some highlights from the 67th UNGA.
On Nov. 6, 2012, voters in the United States will head to the polls to decide whether to give incumbent President Barack Obama a second term or replace him with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Here are where the candidates stand on the issues, in the words of their respective campaigns.
In the last week of September 2012, leaders from around the world gathered at the United Nations for the 67th General Assembly. The lineup reflected a sea change from pre-Arab Spring gatherings, with no Moammar Gadhafi tearing up the UN charter and Egypt's first democratically elected president since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. It also featured likely the last time that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will address the UN and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drawing a red line on Iran's nuclear program. Here is some reaction to the 67th UNGA.
In the first week of September 2012, delegates of the Democratic Party met in Charlotte, N.C., to nominate Barack Obama for a second term as president of the United States. Here are some highlights from that nominating convention.
The International Atomic Energy Agency was established within the United Nations framework in 1957 as a body to coordinate international cooperation in the nuclear field.
In August 2012 the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran had been expanding its controversial nuclear program despite sanctions and other pressure efforts by the international community. Here are highlights of that report.
In the last week of August 2012, delegates of the Republican Party met in Tampa, Fla., to nominate Mitt Romney for president of the United States. Here are some highlights from that nominating convention.
As the mosquitoes come out each summer to nibble on picnickers and dog walkers alike, new cases of the potentially fatal disease are reported. Learn about the origins of the virus and its symptoms with information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
Here are the rankings after the London Summer Olympics 2012. The results are sorted by ranking, country, numbers of (gold, silver and bronze), and number of total medals.
The disease is caused by infection with Ebola virus, named after a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, where it was first recognized in 1976. Since then, Ebola hemorrhagic fever - a severe, often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates - has appeared sporadically.
The 2012 summer Olympics kicked off in London with a parachuting queen stunt double and a lavish opening ceremony. They also opened with some controversy about security preparations and the refusal of the International Olympic Committee to hold a moment of silence for the Munich 11. Here's what people are saying about the London Olympics.
Here are the names lined up for the Atlantic and Pacific storms, plus the forecasters' outlook for how the Atlantic storm season is shaping up.