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Top Stories from Around the World Today

What's grabbing the headlines across the seven continents, with links to key background information on the countries and players involved.
  1. Africa (13)
  2. Australia-Oceania (1)
  3. Central and East Asia (9)
  4. Eastern Europe and Russia (9)
  5. Europe (8)
  6. Latin America (6)
  7. Middle East (16)
  8. U.S. and Canada (8)

Famous Speeches of the 2000s
From war to the halls of peace, here are some well-known speeches from the early 21st century.

Top 10 Stories to Watch in 2013
2012 had some unforgettable headlines with stories ranging from massacres to the re-election of a president. But what are the stories to watch going into 2013? Here are some to keep an eye on in the new year.

Top 10 World News Stories of 2012
The year 2012 had some unforgettable headlines with stories ranging from massacres to the re-election of a president. Here are the top world news stories in this busy news year.

TIME Person of the Year
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...

2012 Summer Olympics Medal Count
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.

Women in World News
Learn more about many of the powerful women making headlines in the world, and about the women's issues being brought to the forefront.

Heads of State
These heads of state -- some leading democracies, some helming more nefarious systems -- regularly appear in the headlines as they wrest with myriad problems at home and abroad. Learn more about them here.

World News Questions Answered
Can North Korea, with all of its blustering and well-timed missile tests, actually hit the U.S. with a strike? Who are the groups seeking to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad? Here are some of your world news questions answered.

The Best of 2011
2011 was packed with exciting breaking news. At About World News, it was also a time to delve behind the headlines, profiling people across the globe and dissecting issues in the news. Here are some of the top hits of 2011.

Top 10 Stories to Watch in 2012
2011 was a busy news year, with headlines packed with globe-altering events. What are the big stories to keep an eye on headed into 2012?

Dictators, Autocrats and Theocrats
Some are still in power (and seek more), some have been toppled, some are no longer living. All have ruled with a heavy hand and suppressed the rights of their people to further the goal of what they think is the correct way to govern.

Top 10 News Stories of 2011
The year 2011 rocked the headlines with stories that will forever change the course of history. Here are the top world news stories in this busy news year.

2011 Hurricane Names
How hurricane names are chosen and retired, and a list of names for the 2011 hurricane season.

Fake World Leader Twitter Feeds
Political parody has become rampant on Twitter as protesters have taken to the streets in many repressive regimes to demand their freedom, using the social media tool as a rallying point. Here are some of the faux world leader Twitter feeds that have sprung up.

Top 10 News Stories to Watch in 2011

Here are the top 10 news stories to watch around the globe in 2011.

Top Stories to Watch in 2011 - What Do You Think
About World News has given insight into the top world news stories to watch in the new year. What do you think are going to be the top new stories to watch in 2011?

Top News Stories of 2010

Top News Stories of 2010 - Your Opinion on the Year's Top Stories
About World News has counted down the top 10 news stories of 2010, from massive leaks of secret, scandalous documents to a World Cup that was literally buzzing with regional flair. What's your take on the headline-grabbing stories of the year?

WikiLeaks Diplomatic Document Dump

More than 250,000 diplomatic cables and directives from the U.S. State Department were leaked by the document-dumping website WikiLeaks on Nov. 28, 2010. Dig deeper into some of the information that captured much of the attention of media outlets.

What WikiLeaks Documents Said About World Leaders
The more than 250,000 diplomatic cables and directives from the U.S. State Department leaked by the document-dumping website WikiLeaks on Nov. 28, 2010, included some unflattering descriptions and gossip about world leaders. Here are some of the tidbits of the information that captured much of the attention of media outlets.

Top 10 News Stories to Watch in 2010
What will be the biggest headline-grabbers in 2010? Voice your opinion here.

Top 10 News Stories to Watch in 2010
2010 is sure to be busy on the news front. Stay ahead of the headlines by keeping tabs on these world news stories that are sure to heat up as the months continue.

Top 10 News Stories of the Decade - Readers Respond
The news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters.

Top 10 News Stories of the Decade
The news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters.

Pirates
Cargo ships, tankers and even cruise ships passing through the Gulf of Aden are being accosted by what was once the stuff of high-seas legend -- pirates -- to the tune of millions of dollars. Unlike a film glamorizing the pirate profession, today's pirates grab high-powered weapons and jump in rickety speedboats to seize hostages and demand ransom for valuable cargo. Take a trip through the world…

The World Reacts to Obama's Victory
On Nov. 4, 2008, Sen. Barack Obama made American history by becoming the first African-American president of the United States. But it wasn't just Americans who were glued to the television screen that night: People around the world were curious if American voters would elect a black man, would elect to change course on foreign policy, or would even just opt for charismatic youth over experience.…

World News Guide for Voters
What are the issues around the globe that voters should be aware of when walking into the voting booth this November?

World Bank Vows to Shield Poor During Turmoil
World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick made the vow at the Development Committee Press Conference, speaking on the global financial crisis.

Top 10 News Stories to Watch
These are the stories that will be making headlines for many months -- or many years -- to come.

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