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The origins of conflict between the Tutsi and Hutu peoples.
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.
A history of conflict between the two ethnicities at the center of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
Why two countries in Africa both share the name Congo.
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?
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.
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.
The first elected president, Modibo Keita, turned Mali into a socialist one-party state. The regime was overthrown in a 1968 coup, which is now celebrated on Liberation Day. Another coup in 1991 led to the March Revolution and the country's first multiparty, democratic elections in 1992. In March 2012, rebel forces inside the military staged a coup against the government of President Amadou Toumani Toure.
President Barack Obama is the Nobel Peace Prize recipient for 2009. See how often U.S. presidents have taken home this honor.
What it means when the United Nations levies sanctions on a country.
A profile of the world's largest international police organization
Iranian and Persian are often used interchangeably to describe people from Iran, but which is correct?
A profile of the president of Zimbabwe.
A profile and fact sheet of the country of South Africa, with population figures, national symbols and a brief history, plus links.
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.
A profile of the ANC leader and former president of South Africa.
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.
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.
A roundup of which countries have won the World Cup over the soccer tournament's history.
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.
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.
The military junta's name change of the country doesn't sit well with everyone internationally.
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.
Sharia defined in the World News glossary.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the killers who have terrorized their communities and captured international headlines by going on shooting rampages.
The term peshmerga is explained in the World News glossary.
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.
Sleaze is the story of the day in a country where the gossip papers are king.
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?
A ranking of the strongest, most devastating temblors in the world.
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.
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.
A profile of Russian politician Vladimir Putin.
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.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center updated its list of most wanted Nazis on April 1, 2008. Find their profiles here.
A profile of Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia.
The news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters.
How did the conflict in the Middle East begin, and what is the future for Israel and the Palestinian Authority?
The function of NGOs can vary widely, from service organizations to human-rights advocacy and relief groups.
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.
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.
Profiles of various leaders throughout Arab and Islamic nations, ranging from Northern Africa to the Hindu Kush.
How does the power structure in the Islamic Republic really work?
Mother Nature has dealt the deadliest blows around the globe with these tragic disasters.
The history of MONUC, the storied United Nations' peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A profile of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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 profile of the country of Israel.
Why there are all those countries with the suffix
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.
Taliban defined in the World News glossary.
A gathering of websites representing Israel's key newspapers.
A primer on the philosophy by which Venezuela's ruler governs and wants to spread to other Latin American nations.
A roundup of the latest headlines out of Zimbabwe.
Governor of Mexico state from 2005 to 2011 and president-elect of Mexico, succeeding Felipe Calderon.
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.
PKK defined in the World News glossary.
A profile of the country of Pakistan.
Here are some stories about the religious establishments that play a key role in world news.
Russia -- and now the U.S. -- oppose a missile defense shield for Eastern Europe. What's the controversy about?
A Russian chess grandmaster who retired from competitive chess in 2005 to focus on political activities and writing.
A profile of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH.
The religious police go out to gift shops and florists to ensure that nobody sees red for a week.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was an arms manufacturer in Sweden in the mid-1800s. Concerned
IMF defined in the World News glossary.
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.
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.
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.
The 44th president of the United States and the first African-American to be elected to that position.
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.
Jamahiriya defined in the World News glossary.
Who is he?: The "Great Successor," as officially deemed in North Korea , to his late father, "Dear Leader"
A profile of Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai.
A guide to the House of Windsor.
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.
A profile of the former foreign minister who came to challenge his onetime boss for the presidency of Afghanistan.
Hugo Chavez has ruled Venezuela since 1999, aiming to put into place his dreams of a Bolivarian revolution and infuriating critics with his curbs on press freedom and free enterprise. With the shadowy revelation in 2011 of his treatment for cancer, speculation has been growing about what could happen in a post-Chavez Venezuela. Here's where Chavez has taken the country over more than a decade.
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.
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.
An economist and longtime politician with experience as finance minister, minister of railways, minister of external affairs, deputy chairman of the planning commission, and governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
A roundup of the different militant groups operating out of the Palestinian territories.
A gathering of websites representing Russia's key newspapers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rupert Murdoch entered the media business with one newspaper in Adelaide, South Australia. The media mogul, ranked as one of the wealthiest, most powerful and influential people in the world, has expanded his empire in the United States, United Kingdom and Asia. Here are the holdings for the chairman and CEO of News Corporation.
A profile of the exiled political leader of Hamas.
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.
The largest country in western Europe, France has a colorful history and is the top tourist destination in the world. Learn more about France.
Tutsi defined in the World News glossary.
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 11.
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?
Apartheid defined in the World News glossary.
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?
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?
Where is it?: A group of islands east of China, across the Taiwan Strait and resting in the China Sea
A profile of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibet and longtime leader of the Tibetan government in exile.
Bhutan residents headed for the polls to pick a parliament, trading a century of royal rule for democracy -- at the behest of the king.
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.
The powerful storms that have shaken the globe.
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 8.
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.
G-8 defined in the World News glossary.
The country declared independence from Spain in 1811, the first Spanish-American colony to do so. The country got a taste of democratic rule in the 1940s, but struggled with dictatorships and coups.
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.
A profile of Myanmar, previously formally known as Burma.
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.
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.
A right-wing extremist detonated a powerful bomb outside the prime minister's headquarters in Oslo, Norway, on July 22, 2011, and then two hours later killed teens gathered for a Labor Party summer camp on Utoya island. Learn more about the confessed attacker, Anders Behring Breivik.
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.
Hutu defined in the World News glossary.
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 7.
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II.
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 2.
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.
With a powerful ruling coalition -- yet an increasingly troubled environment for journalists and opposition activists -- Russia is a country to watch in a changing world. Here are the latest headlines from Russia.
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II.
Vintage photos showing some historical headlines to appear in British newspapers over more than a century. Page 8.
The trial of Michel Fourniret -- who reportedly enlisted his wife's help to seize virgin girls to rape and kill -- began March 27, 2008.
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.
A profile of North Korea, also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 4.
Here are some current and former leaders stretching from North America to South America.
A gathering of websites representing Japan's key newspapers.
Gunmen storm locations ranging from hotels to a Jewish center as they target Westerners in a rampage through India's financial center.
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 39.
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.
As the Srebrenica massacre is in the news again with the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, we look back on just what the former Bosnian Serb leader will be standing trial for.
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 6.
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.
A profile of the Burmese opposition leader.
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 5.
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.
Vintage photos showing some historical headlines to appear in British newspapers over more than a century. Page 2.
The text of President Barack Obama's address to the United States at the conclusion of combat operations in Iraq on Aug. 31, 2010.
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.
Here are profiles of those who have labored for the causes of freedom and democracy in their countries.
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghan women slowly came out from under the burqa and seized a greater role in society. But there have been challenges in the traditional patriarchal society as extremists try to keep girls from getting an education and a female contestant dancing on a televised singing competition nearly created a national scandal. In the face of these hurdles brave women have risen to try to make life better for all Afghans.