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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.
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.
Why are there two Congos in Africa?
Why two countries in Africa both share the name Congo.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The British Tabloids
Sleaze is the story of the day in a country where the gossip papers are king.
Is it Iranian or Persian?
Iranian and Persian are often used interchangeably to describe people from Iran, but which is correct?
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.
Is it Burma or Myanmar?
The military junta's name change of the country doesn't sit well with everyone internationally.
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?
Nelson Mandela
A profile of the ANC leader and former president of South Africa.
Robert Mugabe
A profile of the president of Zimbabwe.
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 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.
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.
World's Worst Earthquakes
A ranking of the strongest, most devastating temblors in the world.
What are U.N. sanctions?
What it means when the United Nations levies sanctions on a country.
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.
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?
What's the Story Behind All the 'Stans?
Why there are all those countries with the suffix
NGO
The function of NGOs can vary widely, from service organizations to human-rights advocacy and relief groups.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Israel Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Israel's key newspapers.
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.
Iran News
Here are some key headlines to emerge from the Islamic Republic.
Apartheid
Apartheid defined in the World News glossary.
World's Worst Mass Shootings
Learn about the killers who have terrorized their communities and captured international headlines by going on shooting rampages.
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.
Mass Grave
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. Page 7.
What is the power structure in Iran?
How does the power structure in the Islamic Republic really work?
Tutsi
Tutsi 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.
South Africa
A profile and fact sheet of the country of South Africa, with population figures, national symbols and a brief history, plus links.
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?
Who's Who in the Royal Family
A guide to the House of Windsor.
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.
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.
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.
IMF
IMF defined in the World News glossary.
Russia Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Russia's key newspapers.
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.
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.
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.
Arab and Muslim Country Leaders
Profiles of various leaders throughout Arab and Islamic nations, ranging from Northern Africa to the Hindu Kush.
Hutu
Hutu defined in the World News glossary.
Taliban
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.
Zimbabwe
A profile of the African country once known as Rhodesia.
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.
Suez Crisis, 1956
Vintage photos showing some historical headlines to appear in British newspapers over more than a century. Page 8.
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.
INTERPOL
A profile of the world's largest international police organization
Jamahiriya
Jamahiriya defined in the World News glossary.
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.
Garry Kasparov
A Russian chess grandmaster who retired from competitive chess in 2005 to focus on political activities and writing.
About Afghanistan
This ancient stop on the Silk Road has been embroiled in conflict since the 2001 ouster of the Taliban by international coalition forces. Learn about the Afghanistan as it faces hurdles to build a country that embraces human rights and won't be vulnerable to extremist takeover again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peshmerga
The term peshmerga is explained in the World News glossary.
Charles Taylor
The former president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, the year he was indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity for his involvement in the Sierra Leone Civil War.
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.
Vatican: Don't Expect Heavy Reforms Too Soon
Pope Francis has made clear that he wants to reform many things at the Holy See, but the Vatican is cautioning that expectations shouldn't get too high too
Uncovering the Facts in the Boston Bombing
On April 15, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264. After several days with a city on edge and
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.
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.
Istanbul or Constantinople?
The name evolution of Europe's most populous city.
Why is there conflict in South Ossetia?
Russian forces battle Georgian troops for control of this breakaway region.
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.
Enrique Peña Nieto
Governor of Mexico state from 2005 to 2011 and president-elect of Mexico, succeeding Felipe Calderon.
Auschwitz Gas Chamber
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.
Religion in World News
Here are some stories about the religious establishments that play a key role in world news.
Kim Jong-un
Who is he?: The "Great Successor," as officially deemed in North Korea , to his late father, "Dear Leader"
The Royal Marriages
William and Kate are bucking for happily ever after, but how has the House of Windsor fared in the marriage department?
UN Human Rights Council
A profile of the controversial 47-member inter-governmental body within the United Nations system.
The Story Behind Iraq's Mass Graves
As we neared the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, yet another mass grave was discovered in a country that is pocked with crude burial sites dating back to Saddam Hussein's Baathist rule that began in 1979.
North Korea
A profile of North Korea, also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Continuity Irish Republican Army
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 11.
King Abdullah
A profile of Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia.
Fashion Pakistan Week: Syed Rizwanullah
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 9.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vuvuzela
All about the horn blown by fans making such a ruckus at World Cup matches.
PKK
PKK 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 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.
Real IRA
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 39.
Zimbabwe News - The Headlines from Zimbabwe
A roundup of the latest headlines out of Zimbabwe.
Sharia
Sharia defined in the World News glossary.
Recovering the Dead
On Jan. 12, 2009, 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. Page 9.
Prince Andrew Visits China
Photos of Andrew, Duke of York, the third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Page 4.
TIME Person of the Year
Each year, TIME magazine bestows its Person of the Year honor on the individual or group who "for better
G-8
G-8 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.
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.
Fashion Pakistan Week: Ather Hafeez
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 10.
List of the Dead
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. Page 12.
Myanmar (Burma)
A profile of Myanmar, previously formally known as Burma.
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.
Richter scale
Richter scale as defined in the World News glossary.
U.N. Commemoration
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. Page 13.
Aung San Suu Kyi
A profile of the Burmese opposition leader.
Moammar Gadhafi
A profile of the longtime ruler of Libya
Barack Obama
The 44th president of the United States and the first African-American to be elected to that position.
Grieving Continues
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. Page 11.
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.
Grisly Remains
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. Page 8.
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.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
A profile of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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.
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.
Mugunga Refugee Camp
Congolese hope for an end to the latest bloodshed in a conflict that threatens to engulf much of central Africa, and which has raised fresh questions about the United Nations' ability to protect civilian populations in the cross-fire. Page 7.
World's Worst Hurricanes
The powerful storms that have shaken the globe.
Iraq War
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 2.
Nobel Peace Prize Winners
Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was an arms manufacturer in Sweden in the mid-1800s. Concerned
Haitian Baby Cries for Mom
On Jan. 12, 2009, 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. Page 8.
Global Recession
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 4.
What They're Saying About Hurricane Sandy
On Oct. 28, 2012, the much-feared "Frankenstorm," named so for its proximity to Halloween, began to affect
JFK Assassination, 1963
Vintage photos showing some historical headlines to appear in British newspapers over more than a century. Page 9.
Revolutionary People’s Liberation...
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 43.
Fashion Pakistan Week: Rizwan Beyg
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 5.
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.
Victims' Relatives
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. Page 9.
Formal Burial
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. Page 10.
Rescuing Quake Victims
On Jan. 12, 2009, 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. Page 10.
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?
Asia News
Here are some issues, people and stories making the headlines in Asia.
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.
About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Israelis say that, as they are constantly under militant attack of varying degrees, the very survival of the Jewish state hangs in the balance. The Palestinians claim a right to return to the land that refugees fled in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war or the Six Day War in 1967. Even the means of conflict stoke controversy. Learn more here.
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.
Sebastián Piñera
A profile of the incoming president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.
Freedom Fighters
Here are profiles of those who have labored for the causes of freedom and democracy in their countries.
Fashion Pakistan Week: Maheen Hussain
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 8.
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.

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