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Understanding the Conflict Between Rwanda's...
The origins of conflict between the Tutsi and Hutu peoples.
Understanding Rwanda's Historical Hutu and...
A history of conflict between the two ethnicities at the center of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
Why are there two Congos in Africa?
Why two countries in Africa both share the name Congo.
How many U.S. presidents have won the Nobel...
President Barack Obama is the Nobel Peace Prize recipient for 2009. See how often U.S. presidents have taken home this honor.
Armenian Genocide
The Armenian Genocide refers to the killing of some 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire beginning in 1915 -- and still ignites impassioned conflict that threatens diplomatic relations to this day.
What are U.N. sanctions?
What it means when the United Nations levies sanctions on a country.
Is it Iranian or Persian?
Iranian and Persian are often used interchangeably to describe people from Iran, but which is correct?
World's Worst Earthquakes
A ranking of the strongest, most devastating temblors in the world.
Red Banned Around Valentine's Day in Saudi Arabia
The religious police go out to gift shops and florists to ensure that nobody sees red for a week.
Nelson Mandela
A profile of the ANC leader and former president of South Africa.
Robert Mugabe
A profile of the president of Zimbabwe.
5 Political Parties in Current-Day Russia
In its post-Soviet Union days, Russia has drawn criticism for a tightly controlled political process in which there's little room for opposition parties. Here is how the political landscape looks in Russia.
What You Should Know About the Ebola Virus
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.
Top Murder Rates in the World
In October 2011, the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development released a report studying annual violent death rates around the world from 2004 through 2009, and ranked the most violent countries based on the average rates. The study found that a quarter of all violent deaths happen in just 14 countries. Here are the top 10 countries on the list, with background on what contributes to each nation's high murder rate.
5 of the World's Worst Mining Disasters in...
Mining has always been a risky occupation, especially in developing nations and countries with lax safety standards. Here are the deadliest mine accidents in the world.
Who is the 12th imam?
The president of Iran has wished aloud for the arrival of the 12th imam, who would come forth in a time of world turmoil. Why does this belief frighten many Iran-watchers?
Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia
Much attention has been drawn to the plight of women in Saudi Arabia thanks to both social media campaigns waged in order to attain greater rights and by King Abdullah's efforts to buck the more conservative religious elements by incrementally allowing women more rights. But what is women's place in Saudi society as deemed by law and custom?
5 of the World's Worst Avalanches in History
The majestic mountains and cliffs of the Earth's surface can break free and become deadly torrents of mud, rock or ice. Here are the world's worst avalanches.
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.
Top 5 Most Deadly Tornadoes in the World
A funnel cloud touching down can pack brutal winds that not only rip away structures but take precious lives. Here are the worst tornadoes on record.
Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, 15, was a longtime foe of the Taliban as an advocate for girls' education in her country's conservative Swat valley. She blogged about her fight, did TV interviews, demonstrated for her rights. Then in October, a Taliban assassin put a bullet through her head and wounded two of her friends as the girls were coming home from school. She survived and is continuing her fight.
South Africa
A profile and fact sheet of the country of South Africa, with population figures, national symbols and a brief history, plus links.
Is it Burma or Myanmar?
The military junta's name change of the country doesn't sit well with everyone internationally.
Pakistan
A profile of the country of Pakistan.
Results of the Arab Spring
One man's self-immolation in protest of how he was being treated by his government led to a wave of rebellion across North Africa and the Middle East. Here's how the Arab Spring has played out.
China's Military Might
The People's Republic of China may be renowned for growing into an economic power, but Beijing has never lost sight of building the communist nation into a military giant.
What's the Story Behind All the 'Stans?
Why there are all those countries with the suffix
Osama bin Laden's Wives
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was gunned down by U.S. forces in Pakistan at the age of 54 on May 2, 2011. His youngest wife, a Yemeni woman, was hiding with him in the Abbottabad compound. Here is a rundown of the terror leader's wives.
Israel
A profile of the country of Israel.
The British Tabloids
Sleaze is the story of the day in a country where the gossip papers are king.
How does religion influence the law in Pakistan?
Blasphemy is addressed in Pakistan's penal code, and has been since British colonial laws in the mid 19th-century. The addition of capital punishment or life in prison as a penalty came under hardline Islamist dictator Gen. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.
What is the power structure in Iran?
How does the power structure in the Islamic Republic really work?
Taliban
Taliban defined in the World News glossary.
NGO
The function of NGOs can vary widely, from service organizations to human-rights advocacy and relief groups.
Leaders in the Arab Spring Era
Old autocrats fell, new rulers sprang forth, and everyday citizens were instrumental in bringing about change. Here are some of those names associated with the Arab Spring.
World's Worst Tsunamis
When an ocean or other body of water experiences a displacement of water due to an earthquake, volcano, underwater explosion, or other altering event, giant deadly waves can rocket toward shore. Here are the worst tsunamis in history.
World's Worst Wildfires
Whether sparked by Mother Nature or by the carelessness or maliciousness of man, these fires have ripped across the Earth with alarming ferocity and deadly consequences.
Bashar al-Assad
A profile of the president of Syria, who took power in 2000 after the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad, and leader of the Ba'ath Party.
Who's Who in the Royal Family
A guide to the House of Windsor.
What is causing Pakistan's flooding? - August...
Pakistan is awash in devastation over the summer 2010 flooding that has killed at least 1,600 and left some 4 million homeless. What is causing the calamity that has surpassed the humanitarian aid scope of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Pakistan's 2005 earthquake and the 2010 Haiti quake?
A Primer on Syria
Inspired by other Arab Spring movements, protests began against the brutal rule of Bashar al-Assad on Jan. 26. 2011. The ongoing protests escalated to an uprising in March 2011, with thousands taking to the streets in numerous cities to demand the ouster of Assad. The protests have been met with brutal government force, including tanks and sniper fire, with thousands killed. Here is a primer behind the headlines in Syria.
Zimbabwe News - The Headlines from Zimbabwe
A roundup of the latest headlines out of Zimbabwe.
China and Currency Manipulation
The subject of whether China undervalues its currency to gain a trade advantage on the United States is a longstanding point of contention between Washington and Beijing. What is the controversy?
Read About the World's Most Wanted Nazis
The Simon Wiesenthal Center updated its list of most wanted Nazis on April 1, 2008. Find their profiles here.
Hutu and Tutsi
The bloody history of Hutu and Tutsi conflict stained the 20th century, from the slaughter of 80,000 to 200,000 Hutus by the Tutsi army in Burundi in 1972 to the 1994 Rwanda genocide in which Hutu militias targeted Tutsis, resulting in a 100-day death toll between 800,000 and 1 million.
Understanding the Palestinian and Israeli...
How did the conflict in the Middle East begin, and what is the future for Israel and the Palestinian Authority?
World Cup Winners
A roundup of which countries have won the World Cup over the soccer tournament's history.
Al Qaeda
The terrorist group behind the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., has a history dating back to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Religion in World News
Here are some stories about the religious establishments that play a key role in world news.
What are some roadblocks to the road map for...
You won't find many who don't want to see peace in the Middle East, but the good-on-paper solutions face many real hurdles.
World's Worst Mass Shootings
Learn about the killers who have terrorized their communities and captured international headlines by going on shooting rampages.
King Abdullah
A profile of Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia.
Taiwan
Where is it?: A group of islands east of China, across the Taiwan Strait and resting in the China Sea
Jamahiriya
Jamahiriya defined in the World News glossary.
Crime in the World
It's a phenomenon that knows no country, a problem that plagues every culture and region of the world: crime. Here are some of the crimes -- and crimefighters -- that have made international news.
Vladimir Putin
A profile of Russian politician Vladimir Putin.
News of the World, 1917
Vintage photos showing some historical headlines to appear in British newspapers over more than a century. Page 2.
Nepal
Nepal is home to eight of the world's 10 highest mountain peaks. Yet even as a tourism magnet, the country is one of the poorest and least developed ones in the world.
Palestinian Militant Groups
A roundup of the different militant groups operating out of the Palestinian territories.
Israel Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Israel's key newspapers.
The Arab League
A description of the League of Arab States, a voluntary group of countries united mainly by the common language of Arabic and advancing common goals.
IMF
IMF defined in the World News glossary.
World's Worst Natural Disasters
Mother Nature has dealt the deadliest blows around the globe with these tragic disasters.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
A profile of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
World's Worst Passenger Ship Disasters
People around the world have long taken to the seas for transportation and, more so in recent days, for pleasure cruising. But no sea voyage is without risk. Here are the worst tragedies to befall passenger ships.
Wanted for the Rwandan Genocide
These suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which claimed upwards of 800,000 lives in just a few months, are still wanted and being sought by Interpol.
Nobel Peace Prize Winners
Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was an arms manufacturer in Sweden in the mid-1800s. Concerned
Who are the Syrian opposition?
Syrians have spilled out into the streets, risking their lives and sometimes paying with their in the process, to protest the tyrannical rule of Bashar al-Assad. But how is the opposition categorized and characterized, and is there enough organization to avoid a power vacuum if Assad is successfully ousted from office?
Russia Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Russia's key newspapers.
Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina, with peak winds of up to 175 mph, roared through the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005, bringing down the levee system that kept New Orleans from being underwater. More than 1,800 people died in the catastrophic storm and chaotic aftermath that caused more than $80 billion in damage and scattered Gulf residents to livable areas. Here are photographs from that catastrophic event in American history.
Human Rights in Russia
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia began the painstaking route to a democratic society. But the road has not been easy and activists charge that in recent years the country has taken steps backwards in ensuring equal rights and the rule of law. Here are some key players and facts in that debate.
Sharia
Sharia defined in the World News glossary.
World's Worst Air Show Crashes
Air shows are an amazing way to see aeronautical talent of pilots maneuvering the greatest historical aircraft and the newest technology. Sometimes, though, these days of family fun have turned into horrible tragedy when accidents occur. Here are the worst of those air show incidents.
After the Arab Spring
One man's self-immolation in protest of how he was being treated by his government led to a wave of rebellion across North Africa and the Middle East. The death of Mohamed Bouazizi and subsequent struggle against dictatorship and extremism has stretched far beyond the 2011 protests and rebellions and promises to be a continuing struggle stretching through many springs, summers, falls and winters.
INTERPOL
A profile of the world's largest international police organization
Continuity Irish Republican Army
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 11.
Suez Crisis, 1956
Vintage photos showing some historical headlines to appear in British newspapers over more than a century. Page 8.
What does Hugo Chavez mean by a Bolivarian...
A primer on the philosophy by which Venezuela's ruler governs and wants to spread to other Latin American nations.
Arab and Muslim Country Leaders
Profiles of various leaders throughout Arab and Islamic nations, ranging from Northern Africa to the Hindu Kush.
Why is there rioting in London and beyond?
The London summer of 2011 heated up with the eruption of flames and spread of mob violence across the city. But what was behind the eruption of rioting?
Kim Jong-un
Who is he?: The "Great Successor," as officially deemed in North Korea , to his late father, "Dear Leader"
Nuclear Powers
The UN Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was entered into force in 1970 to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology and promote collaborative efforts in using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes only. Atomic weapons have only been used twice in warfare -- the Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II -- but the Cold War and scientific advancement raised alarm about how such weapons could be used in the future. Five states party to the treaty are confirmed to have nuclear weapons and others are believed to possess them or have conducted nuclear tests.
Katrina in Gulfport
Hurricane Katrina, with peak winds of up to 175 mph, roared through the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005, bringing down the levee system that kept New Orleans from being underwater. More than 1,800 people died in the catastrophic storm and chaotic aftermath that caused more than $80 billion in damage and scattered Gulf residents to livable areas. Here are photographs from that catastrophic event in American history. Page 9.
Pakistan News
Pakistan has held a key place in the headlines since the decade's war on terrorism began, and now the world anxiously watches to see what the post-Musharraf era holds in this critical juncture of the West and the Muslim world.
Iran
Nearly 78 million people live in Iran. The largest ethnic group is Persian, with 61 percent of the population, and the official religion is Shiite Islam.
Freedom Fighters
Here are profiles of those who have labored for the causes of freedom and democracy in their countries.
Muslim Brotherhood
In the wake of protests in Egypt and the possible ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, many have expressed concern about the banned Muslim Brotherhood waiting in the wings to take a greater role in ruling Egypt. But just what is this group?
Leaders in the Americas
Here are some current and former leaders stretching from North America to South America.
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.
Asia News
Here are some issues, people and stories making the headlines in Asia.
World's Worst Hurricanes
The powerful storms that have shaken the globe.
North Korea
A profile of North Korea, also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The Munich 11
Eleven athletes and coaches in the 30-member Israeli delegation were killed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich by Palestinian terrorists belonging to a group called Black September.
PKK
PKK defined in the World News glossary.
Hutu
Hutu defined in the World News glossary.
Tutsi
Tutsi defined in the World News glossary.
Khmer Rouge
On April 17, 1975, Phmon Penh, Cambodia, fell to the Khmer Rouge. Just days later the communists began their deadly experiment of forced agrarian revolution.
Michael Jackson
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 9.
Barack Obama
The 44th president of the United States and the first African-American to be elected to that position.
Myanmar (Burma)
A profile of Myanmar, previously formally known as Burma.
Obama Addresses Arab World
On May 19, 2011, President Barack Obama spoke in what was billed as a major speech from the State Department to address the Arab Spring and unrest still unresolved across the Muslim world. Here are highlights from that address.
Peshmerga
The term peshmerga is explained in the World News glossary.
Monarchies
Many countries around the world still have a monarchy, whether functional or mostly ceremonial. Here are some of the houses of royalty around the globe.
Garry Kasparov
A Russian chess grandmaster who retired from competitive chess in 2005 to focus on political activities and writing.
Understanding Iran
Iran promises to be in the headlines well through this decade as the world watches its nuclear program and the fervor of the Arab Spring continues to stir a youthful opposition movement years in the making. Here are some of the key issues to understand about the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iran News
Here are some key headlines to emerge from the Islamic Republic.
Syria
Settlement in Syria can be traced back to Neolithic communities in 10,000 B.C. The modern Syrian Arab Republic is an authoritarian regime under the Assad dynasty.
Abdullah Abdullah
A profile of the former foreign minister who came to challenge his onetime boss for the presidency of Afghanistan.
Khaled Mashal
A profile of the exiled political leader of Hamas.
Greek Debt Crisis Timeline
Greece is caught in a destructive cycle of debt that is met by new, violent rioting every time legislators attempt austerity measures to keep the country afloat. But just how did the Greek debt crisis get this bad? Here's a timeline of key moments in the crisis.
What They're Saying About Cyprus
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.
Sports and Culture
The love of a good game of footie or a great movie is a unifying factor across the world's myriad cultures.
North Korea Nuclear Threat
North Korea has engaged in years of bellicose threats to go to war with its neighbors and the West over what it deems insults to national pride and actions treading on its national sovereignty. North Korea, which withdrew from the Nonproliferation Treaty in January 2003, has tested nuclear weapons in 2006, 2009, and 2013. On-again, off-again six-party talks have been aimed at reining in Pyongyang's nuclear weapons but the programs have continued, despite shocking poverty in the country, and technology has been shared with rogue regimes and non-state actors.
Queen Elizabeth II
A collection of photos of England's third-longest serving monarch.
Somalia Famine
The United Nations estimates that at least 12 million people are affected by the 2011 drought and famine across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. In Somalia the crisis is particularly dire as areas controlled by the militant group Al-Shabaab are not able to receive humanitarian aid, leading to tens of thousands of starvation deaths. Here is the crisis in pictures.
Haiti Earthquake
On Jan. 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck near the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, with a shocking magnitude of 7.0, killing thousands and leaving an already impoverished nation in shambles.
Japan Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Japan's key newspapers.
President Obama and Immigration Reform
On Jan. 29, 2013, a day after the U.S. Senate announced a bipartisan framework to move forward with immigration reform, President Obama traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., to highlight his own blueprint for what he has called one of the biggest failures of his firs term: immigration reform.
Russia
A primer on the massive land sprawl known as the Russian Federation.
Apartheid
Apartheid defined in the World News glossary.
Scanning the Flooding
Hurricane Katrina, with peak winds of up to 175 mph, roared through the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005, bringing down the levee system that kept New Orleans from being underwater. More than 1,800 people died in the catastrophic storm and chaotic aftermath that caused more than $80 billion in damage and scattered Gulf residents to livable areas. Here are photographs from that catastrophic event in American history. Page 8.
Papal Transition
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 6.
Animals in Katrina
Hurricane Katrina, with peak winds of up to 175 mph, roared through the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005, bringing down the levee system that kept New Orleans from being underwater. More than 1,800 people died in the catastrophic storm and chaotic aftermath that caused more than $80 billion in damage and scattered Gulf residents to livable areas. Here are photographs from that catastrophic event in American history. Page 7.
United Nations
Here you'll find a gathering of articles, photos and information about the United Nations.
What is the missile defense shield controversy?
Russia -- and now the U.S. -- oppose a missile defense shield for Eastern Europe. What's the controversy about?
Pope Francis' First Easter Address
Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope March 13, 2013, and took the name Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi. The successor to Pope Benedict XVI has ushered in a new era of humility at the 2,000-year-old Church, and has stressed to the ordained that a return to the basics of the faith is needed. Here is the message Pope Francis delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on his first Easter as pontiff on March 31, 2013.
Enhanced Fujita Scale - How Tornadoes Are...
When you hear a tornado categorized as, for example, EF-3 or EF-5, it's being ranked on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Here's how that scale measuring tornado intensity works.
Bhutan: The World's Newest Democracy
Bhutan residents headed for the polls to pick a parliament, trading a century of royal rule for democracy -- at the behest of the king.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai.
Insurgents and Terrorists
Their tactics are vicious but they justify them with a conviction that their cause is just. Read about some rebels and insurgents across the globe.
List of Popes
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.
Goodluck Jonathan
A profile of the president of Nigeria and commander of the armed forces since 2010, a southern Christian in a country wracked by Islamist insurgent violence.
Dadaab Refugee Camp
The United Nations estimates that at least 12 million people are affected by the 2011 drought and famine across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. In Somalia the crisis is particularly dire as areas controlled by the militant group Al-Shabaab are not able to receive humanitarian aid, leading to tens of thousands of starvation deaths. Here is the crisis in pictures. Page 5.
North Korea's 'State of War' Declaration
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The Caucasus
Nestled between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, with Russia to the north and Turkey and Iran to the south, the Caucasus region includes restive Russian republics and former Soviet states.
President Barack Obama
Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States after his victory in the 2008 presidential election. Here are some stories from his term.
Cambodia
A profile of the country in southeastern Asia that shares a southeastern border with Vietnam, a northern border with Laos, and a northwestern border with Thailand.
Behind the News in Africa
On such a vast continent, the stories coming out of Africa are as rich and varied as the lands and the people occupying this beautiful, unique territory. Here are some background stories to understand the news coming out of Africa.
Revolutionary People’s Liberation...
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 43.
Rescuing Flood Victims
Hurricane Katrina, with peak winds of up to 175 mph, roared through the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005, bringing down the levee system that kept New Orleans from being underwater. More than 1,800 people died in the catastrophic storm and chaotic aftermath that caused more than $80 billion in damage and scattered Gulf residents to livable areas. Here are photographs from that catastrophic event in American history. Page 10.
Queen and Family
A collection of photos of England's third-longest serving monarch. Page 6.
Famine's Victims
The United Nations estimates that at least 12 million people are affected by the 2011 drought and famine across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. In Somalia the crisis is particularly dire as areas controlled by the militant group Al-Shabaab are not able to receive humanitarian aid, leading to tens of thousands of starvation deaths. Here is the crisis in pictures. Page 12.
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.
Mohamed Morsi
Egypt's first democratically elected president came to power more than a year after his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, was ousted in Egypt's Arab Spring revolution.
North Korea Resolutions
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.
Iran Nuclear Race
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 10.
Darfur
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 5.
Why is there conflict in South Ossetia?
Russian forces battle Georgian troops for control of this breakaway region.
The War on Terror
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 8.
Somali Father and Child
The United Nations estimates that at least 12 million people are affected by the 2011 drought and famine across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. In Somalia the crisis is particularly dire as areas controlled by the militant group Al-Shabaab are not able to receive humanitarian aid, leading to tens of thousands of starvation deaths. Here is the crisis in pictures. Page 11.

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