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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Peshmerga
The term peshmerga is explained in the World News glossary.
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.
INTERPOL
A profile of the world's largest international police organization
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Mugabe
A profile of the president of Zimbabwe.
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's the Story Behind All the 'Stans?
Why there are all those countries with the suffix
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.
Is it Iranian or Persian?
Iranian and Persian are often used interchangeably to describe people from Iran, but which is correct?
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.
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.
World's Worst Earthquakes
A ranking of the strongest, most devastating temblors in the world.
Apartheid
Apartheid defined in the World News glossary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPINION: Nine Years Later, the Attacks Continue
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IMF
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?
World's Worst Mass Shootings
Learn about the killers who have terrorized their communities and captured international headlines by going on shooting rampages.
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.
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.
What are U.N. sanctions?
What it means when the United Nations levies sanctions on a country.
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.
Darfur
Darfur 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.
Iran News
Here are some key headlines to emerge from the Islamic Republic.
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
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.
Hutu
Hutu defined in the World News glossary.
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.
World's Worst Air Show Crashes
Air shows are an amazing way to see aeronautical talent of pilots maneuvering the greatest historical aircraft and the newest technology. Sometimes, though, these days of family fun have turned into horrible tragedy when accidents occur. Here are the worst of those air show incidents.
After the Arab Spring
One man's self-immolation in protest of how he was being treated by his government led to a wave of rebellion across North Africa and the Middle East. The death of Mohamed Bouazizi and subsequent struggle against dictatorship and extremism has stretched far beyond the 2011 protests and rebellions and promises to be a continuing struggle stretching through many springs, summers, falls and winters.
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.
What is the power structure in Iran?
How does the power structure in the Islamic Republic really work?
Why is there conflict in South Ossetia?
Russian forces battle Georgian troops for control of this breakaway region.
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?
Enrique Peña Nieto
Governor of Mexico state from 2005 to 2011 and president-elect of Mexico, succeeding Felipe Calderon.
Arab and Muslim Country Leaders
Profiles of various leaders throughout Arab and Islamic nations, ranging from Northern Africa to the Hindu Kush.
Jamahiriya
Jamahiriya defined in the World News glossary.
Zimbabwe
A profile of the African country once known as Rhodesia.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai.
World's Worst Hurricanes
The powerful storms that have shaken the globe.
Who's Who in the Royal Family
A guide to the House of Windsor.
Tutsi
Tutsi defined in the World News glossary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sharia
Sharia defined in the World News glossary.
Khmer Rouge
On April 17, 1975, Phmon Penh, Cambodia, fell to the Khmer Rouge. Just days later the communists began their deadly experiment of forced agrarian revolution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richter scale
Richter scale as defined in the World News glossary.
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.
Palestinian Militant Groups
A roundup of the different militant groups operating out of the Palestinian territories.
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.
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?
OPINION: Hugo Chavez's Great Distraction
Venezuela's bluster with Colombia draws focus away from mounting troubles on the home front.
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?
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.
Michael Jackson
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters. Page 9.
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?
Vuvuzela
All about the horn blown by fans making such a ruckus at World Cup matches.
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.
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.
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.
Alexander Lukashenko
President of Belarus and overseer of what many call the last dictatorship in Europe.
PKK
PKK 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.
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.
Israel's UN Speech on Palestinian Status
On Nov. 29, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to admit the Palestinian Authority as a nonmember observer state. Here is Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor's speech protesting the status upgrade.
Kadima
The definition of Kadima from 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.
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.
Pakistan News
Pakistan has held a key place in the headlines since the decade's war on terrorism began, and now the world anxiously watches to see what the post-Musharraf era holds in this critical juncture of the West and the Muslim world.
Colossal Squid Boasts Largest-Known Eye
New Zealand scientists are in awe of the largest-known recovered carcass of a colossal squid.
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.
Istanbul or Constantinople?
The name evolution of Europe's most populous city.
What are some roadblocks to the road map for...
You won't find many who don't want to see peace in the Middle East, but the good-on-paper solutions face many real hurdles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Terrorist Attacks on Russia
The terrorist attacks that have targeted Russians since the beginning of the Islamist uprising known as the Second Chechen War.
Religion in World News
Here are some stories about the religious establishments that play a key role in world news.
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.
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.
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.
Freedom Fighters
Here are profiles of those who have labored for the causes of freedom and democracy in their 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?
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.
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.
Taiwan
Where is it?: A group of islands east of China, across the Taiwan Strait and resting in the China Sea
Geert Wilders
A profile of controversial right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders.
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.
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.
Angela Merkel
The first female leader of a major continental European power and the first woman to lead Germany since it was born as a modern nation-state in 1871. She is also the first former citizen of East Germany to lead the country since reunification, and the youngest chancellor since World War II.
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.
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.
Chile
A profile of the South American country of Chile.
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.
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.
King Abdullah
A profile of Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia.
September 11 Attacks
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters.
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
What is a no-fly zone?
The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution in March 2011 to implement a no-fly zone over Libya after Moammar Gadhafi used gunships and military jets to attack anti-regime protesters and rebels, a decision that didn't come without debate and controversy. Here's just what that is.
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.
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 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.
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?
Israel Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Israel's key newspapers.
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.
Khaled Mashal
A profile of the exiled political leader of Hamas.
Abdullah Abdullah
A profile of the former foreign minister who came to challenge his onetime boss for the presidency of Afghanistan.
Morgan Tsvangirai
The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change presents the strongest challenge to Robert Mugabe's iron grip on rule.
Nicolas Sarkozy
A profile of the president of France since 2007, succeeding two-term Jacques Chirac after defeating Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal.
News Satire Sites
These outlets whip up all the news that's fit to mock.

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