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World News Issues: What's Making Headlines Today

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Out of all the world news stories that pour across the wires and blogs each day, some key issues stand out as being especially newsworthy and having the most relevance on the world at large. In this age of globalization, these are some of the issues that affect not just their immediate regions, but reverberate across the globe.
  1. Battles and Standoffs: War and Conflict Around the Globe
  2. Freedom vs. Oppression: Human Rights in the Headlines
  3. Power Plays: Elections and Leadership Grabs
  4. Terrorism: Putting the World on Edge
  5. The Economy: Global Financial Crisis

Battles and Standoffs: War and Conflict Around the Globe

From the ever-turbulent Middle East to omnipresent rebellion in the heart of Africa, the world is continually faced with new challenges brought on by the threat of war and conflict or all-out battle. As countries are pitted against each other, and regional stakeholders as well as key international players are faced with taking sides or trying to wage peace, today's conflicts shape not just the headlines, but the future.

Freedom vs. Oppression: Human Rights in the Headlines

From the uproar over China hosting the Olympic Games to fears that Russia is slipping back into the authoritarian version of its former self, the news is full of stories about human rights violations, journalists and bloggers caught in the snare of restrictions on a free press, people trying to choose democracy over dictatorship, and more.

Power Plays: Elections and Leadership Grabs

The heart of world news focuses on the power that is continually changing hands around the globe. Whether a leader arrives at the top by the will of the people, or just assumes that role for himself, shifting administrations play a crucial role in global relations -- not to mention the cult of personality by which some leaders make news all on their own.

Terrorism: Putting the World on Edge

Terrorism existed long before the world changed on Sept. 11, 2001. From the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania to the explosion of a Pan-Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, attacks have been perpetrated on civilians in order to send messages to their representative governments. Terrorism will continue to shape policy -- and the headlines -- for many years to come.

The Economy: Global Financial Crisis

As Americans began to feel the weight of the economic downturn in 2008, it became clear that they were definitely not alone in the world when it came to a credit crisis and the need for government bailouts. How deeply the financial crisis is felt in different regions of the world remains to be seen, but few are immune from the crunch.

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