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Understanding the Conflict Between Rwanda's...
The origins of conflict between the Tutsi and Hutu peoples.
World Cup Winners
A roundup of which countries have won the World Cup over the soccer tournament's history.
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.
A History of Hutu-Tutsi Conflict
A history of conflict between the two ethnicities at the center of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
Country Profiles
Take a trip around the globe and learn more about some of the countries making the headlines in world news content.
Hutu defined in the World News glossary.
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.
World's Worst Tornadoes
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.
South Africa
A profile and fact sheet of the country of South Africa, with population figures, national symbols and a brief history, plus links.
Most Wanted Nazis
The Simon Wiesenthal Center updated its list of most wanted Nazis on April 1, 2008. Find their profiles here.
World's Worst Mining Disasters
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.
Is it Burma or Myanmar?
The military junta's name change of the country doesn't sit well with everyone internationally.
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.
Why are there two Congos in Africa?
Why two countries in Africa both share the name Congo.
Political Parties in 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.
Tutsi defined in the World News glossary.
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.
World's Worst Avalanches
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.
What's the Story Behind All the 'Stans?
: What's the Story Behind All the 'Stans? : In Persian, the suffix "stan" means "place of." In Russian
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.
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.
Nelson Mandela
A profile of the ANC leader and former president of South Africa.
The British Tabloids
Sleaze is the story of the day in a country where the gossip papers are king.
World's Worst Earthquakes
A ranking of the strongest, most devastating temblors in the world.
Robert Mugabe
A profile of the president of Zimbabwe.
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.
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?
The Basics Behind the Arab-Israeli Conflict
How did the conflict in the Middle East begin, and what is the future for Israel and the Palestinian Authority?
Is it Iranian or Persian?
Iranian and Persian are often used interchangeably to describe people from Iran, but which is correct?
Ali Khamenei
The ayatollah is the last word on all dealings in the Islamic Republic, even the confirmation of an elected president, and an international mouthpiece for the Islamic Revolution as the second ayatollah to serve as the conservative figurehead since 1979.
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.
Apartheid defined in the World News glossary.
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.
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.
Abdullah Abdullah
A profile of the former foreign minister who came to challenge his onetime boss for the presidency of Afghanistan.
A profile of the world's largest international police organization
World's Worst Mass Shootings
Learn about the killers who have terrorized their communities and captured international headlines by going on shooting rampages.
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 function of NGOs can vary widely, from service organizations to human-rights advocacy and relief groups.
Manmohan Singh
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.
Who's Who in the Royal Family
A guide to the House of Windsor.
IMF defined in the World News glossary.
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?
Arab and Muslim Country Leaders
Profiles of various leaders throughout Arab and Islamic nations, ranging from Northern Africa to the Hindu Kush.
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.
World's Worst Natural Disasters
Mother Nature has dealt the deadliest blows around the globe with these tragic disasters.
What is the power structure in Iran?
How does the power structure in the Islamic Republic really work?
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.
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.
World's Worst Hurricanes
The powerful storms that have shaken the globe.
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.
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.
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.
Zimbabwe News - The Headlines from Zimbabwe
A roundup of the latest headlines out of Zimbabwe.
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.
King Abdullah
A profile of Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia.
A profile of the African country once known as Rhodesia.
Anders Behring Breivik
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.
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.
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.
What is causing Pakistan's flooding?
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?
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.
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.
Enrique Peña Nieto
Governor of Mexico state from 2005 to 2011 and president-elect of Mexico, succeeding Felipe Calderon.
Taliban 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.
Jamahiriya defined in the World News glossary.
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.
What are U.N. sanctions?
What it means when the United Nations levies sanctions on a country.
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.
Kim Jong-un
Who is he?: The "Great Successor," as officially deemed in North Korea , to his late father, "Dear Leader"
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.
Palestinian Militant Groups
A roundup of the different militant groups operating out of the Palestinian territories.
Tiananmen Square
Where is Tiananmen Square, and why is it important?
Yulia Tymoshenko
Profile of the former prime minister of Ukraine and co-leader of the 2004-05 Orange Revolution, now targeted by the current Ukrainian government.
Behind al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda is an Islamic militant organization that operates in many areas around the world. Fueled by
Freedom Fighters
Here are profiles of those who have labored for the causes of freedom and democracy in their countries.
World Cup Fans
Fans from the World Cup qualifying matches offer a preview of the colorful stands to come in South Africa in summer 2010.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai.
Nicolas Sarkozy
A profile of the president of France since 2007, succeeding two-term Jacques Chirac after defeating Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal.
Murdoch Media Empire
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.
Garry Kasparov
A Russian chess grandmaster who retired from competitive chess in 2005 to focus on political activities and writing.
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.
Ayman al-Zawahiri
A profile of the most wanted terrorist on the FBI's list, the longtime second-in-command to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who took over control of the organization after bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces on May 2, 2011, in Pakistan.
Why is there conflict in South Ossetia?
Russian forces battle Georgian troops for control of this breakaway region.
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?
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.
Vladimir Putin
A profile of Russian politician Vladimir Putin.
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.
The Rule of Hugo Chavez
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.
World's Worst Nightclub Fires
In the early hours of Jan. 27, 2013, fire swept through a nightclub in southern Brazil. The flames, smoke, and panicked stampede for a single exit left more than 230 clubgoers dead in the worst such fire in more than a decade. Here are the worst tragedies that have struck nightclubs.
Kim Jong-Il
A profile of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il
Sharia defined in the World News glossary.
Alexander Lukashenko
President of Belarus and overseer of what many call the last dictatorship in Europe.
Prince Harry
Photos of Prince Harry, second son of Prince Charles and third in line to the throne of England.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
A profile of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Morgan Tsvangirai
The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change presents the strongest challenge to Robert Mugabe's iron grip on rule.
Sebastián Piñera
A profile of the incoming president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.
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.
Russia Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Russia's key newspapers.
Roma defined in the World News glossary.
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?
The Royal Marriages
William and Kate are bucking for happily ever after, but how has the House of Windsor fared in the marriage department?
Mahmoud Abbas
President Mahmoud Abbas has been instrumental in shaping the future of the Palestinian territories after the death of Yasser Arafat.
Richter scale
Richter scale as defined in the World News glossary.
UN Resolution on Syria
In February 2012, after a year of bloodshed in Syria at the hands of Bashar al-Assad that showed no signs of stopping, the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution condemning the violence and calling for an end to human-rights violations.
The term peshmerga is explained in the World News glossary.
Hugo Chavez's Celebrity Fans
Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez may be reviled in many corners for his socialist policies, crackdowns on press freedom, strident anti-U.S. attitudes, and friendships with rogue regimes such as Iran and North Korea, but he has friends in the left corner of Hollywood.
The definition of Hmong from the World News glossary.
Beslan Hostage Video
On Sept. 1, 2004, the first day of the school year, Comintern Street School Number One in the North Ossetia town of Beslan was packed with parents and kids to kick off the session when Ingush and Chechen terrorists laid siege to the building. They took about 1,200 hostages and herded them into the school gym. At least 385 were killed and nearly 800 more hurt in a three-day siege. Page 7.
Joseph Kony
A Ugandan guerrilla known for sending his troops into villages after dark to kidnap children to serve in his army or serve his battalion as sex slaves or porters; those who resisted have been usually viciously maimed with a machete.
The FARC as defined in the World News glossary.
Jean-Baptiste Bamwanga
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
North Korea
A profile of North Korea, also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Where is it?: A group of islands east of China, across the Taiwan Strait and resting in the China Sea
South Sudan's Declaration of Independence
Though territorial disputes remain in Abyei and South Kordofan, questions remain about shared oil revenue from the mineral-rich south, and various tribal factions are in a tug-of-war over representation, South Sudan formally declared independence on July 9, 2011.
Australia Apologizes to Aborigines
A historic moment happened in Australia when the government issued a formal apology for the treatment of the country's Aboriginal people.
Khaled Mashal
A profile of the exiled political leader of Hamas.
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.
Callixte Mbarushimana
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. Page 3.
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.
Religion in World News
Here are some stories about the religious establishments that play a key role in world news.
Aborigine defined in the World News glossary.
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.
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.
The largest country in western Europe, France has a colorful history and is the top tourist destination in the world. Learn more about France.
Israel Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Israel's key newspapers.
Abandoned Barges Near Chernobyl
April 2011 marked 25 years since the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever known. On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the Soviet Chernobyl plant, located in what is now Ukraine, released large amounts of nuclear fallout and is considered the worst nuclear power disaster ever, spreading 400 times more radioactive material than the Hiroshima bombing. About 135,000 were evacuated from the area, and an exclusion zone remains around Chernobyl today. Here are images of Chernobyl. Page 6.
Top 10 Latin American News Stories to Watch
If you're watching the news unfold in Latin America, here are the key stories to keep your eye on.
Ecumenical Celebration
On May 1, 2011, some 1.5 million pilgrims flooded Rome as the late Pope John Paul II was advanced one step closer to sainthood at a beatification Mass. Here are images of the life of the pope who reigned for more than 26 years, traveled to 129 countries, helped bring down communism in Eastern Europe and touched the hearts of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Page 20.
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.
World's Worst Energy Disasters
Societies need to tap into fossil fuels, water, wind, and solar power in order to keep the lights on and engines running. But with any energy production comes some risk. Here are the most deadly mishaps.
PKK defined in the World News glossary.
Pope John Paul II and Princess Diana
On May 1, 2011, some 1.5 million pilgrims flooded Rome as the late Pope John Paul II was advanced one step closer to sainthood at a beatification Mass. Here are images of the life of the pope who reigned for more than 26 years, traveled to 129 countries, helped bring down communism in Eastern Europe and touched the hearts of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Page 11.
Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Acceptance Speech
In 1991, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Her sons had to accept the award for her in Oslo, as Suu Kyi would spend 15 out of the next 21 years under house arrest for her efforts to bring democracy to Burma. On June 16, 2012, released from house arrest and elected to parliament, she traveled to Norway to accept the peace prize.
Felicien Kabuga
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. Page 2.
Japan Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Japan's key newspapers.
Protais Mpiranya
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. Page 4.
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.
Manal al-Sharif
Profile of the Saudi woman who was instrumental in launching the nationwide campaign in which women are fighting for the right to drive.
Pope John Paul II in Poland
On May 1, 2011, some 1.5 million pilgrims flooded Rome as the late Pope John Paul II was advanced one step closer to sainthood at a beatification Mass. Here are images of the life of the pope who reigned for more than 26 years, traveled to 129 countries, helped bring down communism in Eastern Europe and touched the hearts of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Page 5.
Fashion Pakistan Week: Zarmina Khan
Pakistan's fashion week -- a four-day event that was postponed twice due to security concerns in a country wracked by tensions between Islamist factions and the more westernized urban areas -- showed a couture, even racy side of a region that makes many think of the hijab or burqa. Page 11.
Iran-Saudi Arabia Relations
To anyone who has followed the tenuous relationship of Iran and Saudi Arabia, the alleged 2011 plot to kill the Saudi ambassador would seem plausible from the standpoint of a hearty helping of motive: There is no love lost between these two countries.
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?
Hijab defined in the World News glossary.
France's Worst Serial Killers in History?
The trial of Michel Fourniret -- who reportedly enlisted his wife's help to seize virgin girls to rape and kill -- began March 27, 2008.
Terrorist Attacks on Russia
The terrorist attacks that have targeted Russians since the beginning of the Islamist uprising known as the Second Chechen War.
Bernard Munyagishari
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. Page 5.

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