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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.
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.
The British Tabloids
Sleaze is the story of the day in a country where the gossip papers are king.
World Cup Winners
A roundup of which countries have won the World Cup over the soccer tournament's history.
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.
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.
Is it Burma or Myanmar?
The military junta's name change of the country doesn't sit well with everyone internationally.
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.
Nelson Mandela
A profile of the ANC leader and former president of South Africa.
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?
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.
Is it Iranian or Persian?
Iranian and Persian are often used interchangeably to describe people from Iran, but which is correct?
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.
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.
Peshmerga
The term peshmerga is explained in the World News glossary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Africa
A profile and fact sheet of the country of South Africa, with population figures, national symbols and a brief history, plus links.
World's Worst Earthquakes
A ranking of the strongest, most devastating temblors in the world.
What's the Story Behind All the 'Stans?
Why there are all those countries with the suffix
Sharia
Sharia 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.
Iran News
Here are some key headlines to emerge from the Islamic Republic.
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.
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.
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?
Taliban
Taliban defined in the World News glossary.
INTERPOL
A profile of the world's largest international police organization
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.
IMF
IMF defined in the World News glossary.
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.
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.
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.
Apartheid
Apartheid defined in the World News glossary.
Why is there conflict in South Ossetia?
Russian forces battle Georgian troops for control of this breakaway region.
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.
World's Tallest Hotels
Many in the world have their minds on pinching pennies and fiscal austerity, but the global hospitality industry is consistently searching for ways to be better -- and bigger -- than the competition. You can literally see more of the world in these high-rises that reach daringly into the sky and give a penthouse suite new, impressive meaning.
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.
What are U.N. sanctions?
What it means when the United Nations levies sanctions on a country.
Zimbabwe
A profile of the African country once known as Rhodesia.
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?
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
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.
Hutu
Hutu defined in the World News glossary.
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.
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.
Who's Who in the Royal Family
A guide to the House of Windsor.
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?
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.
World's Worst Hurricanes
The powerful storms that have shaken the globe.
Zimbabwe News - The Headlines from Zimbabwe
A roundup of the latest headlines out of Zimbabwe.
Tutsi
Tutsi defined in the World News glossary.
NGO
The function of NGOs can vary widely, from service organizations to human-rights advocacy and relief groups.
World's Worst Natural Disasters
Mother Nature has dealt the deadliest blows around the globe with these tragic disasters.
Jamahiriya
Jamahiriya defined in the World News glossary.
News of the World, 1917
Vintage photos showing some historical headlines to appear in British newspapers over more than a century. Page 2.
Malath Aumran
Malath Aumran is the alias for Rami Nakhle, a Syrian pro-democracy activist who has waged a cyber campaign of dissent against the regime of Bashar Assad. Learn more about this campaigner for Syrian freedom.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
A Guide to the London Olympics
Selected back in 2005 to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, London will become the first modern city to host the Olympics three times when the opening ceremonies usher in the Games on July 27, 2012. Get to know the country and get a leg up on the action with a schedule to the Games.
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.
Israel Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Israel's key newspapers.
Taiwan
Where is it?: A group of islands east of China, across the Taiwan Strait and resting in the China Sea
Abdullah Abdullah
A profile of the former foreign minister who came to challenge his onetime boss for the presidency of Afghanistan.
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.
Pirates
Cargo ships, tankers and even cruise ships passing through the Gulf of Aden are being accosted by what was once the stuff of high-seas legend -- pirates -- to the tune of millions of dollars. Unlike a film glamorizing the pirate profession, today's pirates grab high-powered weapons and jump in rickety speedboats to seize hostages and demand ransom for valuable cargo. Take a trip through the world of the new pirates.
Aborigine
Aborigine 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.
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.
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.
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.
Turkey
Straddling two continents at the nexus between Asia and Europe, Turkey is a regional economic and military power.
Kim Jong-un
Who is he?: The "Great Successor," as officially deemed in North Korea , to his late father, "Dear Leader"
OPINION: Hugo Chavez's Great Distraction
Venezuela's bluster with Colombia draws focus away from mounting troubles on the home front.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai.
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.
King Abdullah
A profile of Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia.
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.
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.
Sebastián Piñera
A profile of the incoming president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.
Boxing Day Tsunami
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 3.
Khaled Mashal
A profile of the exiled political leader of Hamas.
PKK
PKK defined in the World News glossary.
Moammar Gadhafi
A profile of the longtime ruler of Libya
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.
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.
Obama's Press Availability with Brown
As the world watches the new administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, the president has had to quickly get acquainted with his world neighbors. Here are key meetings between Obama and world leader thus far. Page 5.
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.
Richter scale
Richter scale as defined in the World News glossary.
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.
Hurricane Katrina
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 7.
Darfur
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 5.
Istanbul or Constantinople?
The name evolution of Europe's most populous city.
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.
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.
Enrique Peña Nieto
Governor of Mexico state from 2005 to 2011 and president-elect of Mexico, succeeding Felipe Calderon.
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.
The Game to Succeed Hugo Chavez
If you haven't checked in with the race to succeed Hugo Chavez lately, it's a pretty nasty one. Interim leader Nicolas Maduro, handpicked by Chavez to run with
Freedom Fighters
Here are profiles of those who have labored for the causes of freedom and democracy in their countries.
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.
Enhanced Fujita Scale
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.
South Koreans Finally Free of Kaesong Border...
In Asia news, tensions between North and South Korea remain unnervingly high but at least most of the South Koreans who were stranded at a joint industrial
Gordon Brown in the U.S.
As the world watches the new administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, the president has had to quickly get acquainted with his world neighbors. Here are key meetings between Obama and world leader thus far. Page 6.
President Obama's Remarks at the End of the...
The text of President Barack Obama's address to the United States at the conclusion of combat operations in Iraq on Aug. 31, 2010.
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.
Alexander Lukashenko
President of Belarus and overseer of what many call the last dictatorship in Europe.
Can a North Korean missile hit the U.S.?
North Korean is saber-rattling by test its missiles and nuclear devices, but can they reach far enough for America to be worried?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Obama Welcomes Gordon Brown
As the world watches the new administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, the president has had to quickly get acquainted with his world neighbors. Here are key meetings between Obama and world leader thus far. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gregoire Ndahimana
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 6.
Hijab
Hijab defined in the World News glossary.
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.
UN Human Rights Council
A profile of the controversial 47-member inter-governmental body within the United Nations system.
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.
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
Obama and Lula
As the world watches the new administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, the president has had to quickly get acquainted with his world neighbors. Here are key meetings between Obama and world leader thus far. Page 8.
Dalai Lama
A profile of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibet and longtime leader of the Tibetan government in exile.
Palestinian Militant Groups
A roundup of the different militant groups operating out of the Palestinian territories.
The Life and Death of Gadhafi
Moammar Gadhafi had been the dictator of Libya since 1969 and the third-longest serving world ruler when he went on the run in the midst of a bloody, determined rebel uprising in 2011. He was known as being one of the most eccentric world rulers, from his days of sponsoring terrorism to recent years when he tried to make nice with the world and be seen as a wise problem-solver.
Obama Meets Brazilian Leader
As the world watches the new administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, the president has had to quickly get acquainted with his world neighbors. Here are key meetings between Obama and world leader thus far. Page 7.
The Political Situation in Pakistan
President Pervez Musharraf's future is on the line as opposition lawmakers form a coalition and vow to oust the former general. But will the instability allow fundamentalist forces to gain ground?
Chile
A profile of the South American country of Chile.
Russia Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Russia's key newspapers.
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.
Ildephonse Nizeyimana
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 7.
What the World is Saying About Syria Uprising
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 what the international community has been saying in response.
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.

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