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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.
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?
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.
Understanding Rwanda's Historical Hutu and...
A history of conflict between the two ethnicities at the center of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
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.
Khaled Mashal
A profile of the exiled political leader of Hamas.
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?
Ebola
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.
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.
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 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.
What's the Story Behind All the 'Stans?
Why there are all those countries with the suffix
Is it Iranian or Persian?
Iranian and Persian are often used interchangeably to describe people from Iran, but which is correct?
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 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.
Israel Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Israel's key newspapers.
Arab and Muslim Country Leaders
Profiles of various leaders throughout Arab and Islamic nations, ranging from Northern Africa to the Hindu Kush.
The British Tabloids
Sleaze is the story of the day in a country where the gossip papers are king.
Robert Mugabe
A profile of the president of Zimbabwe.
Apartheid
Apartheid defined in the World News glossary.
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'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.
INTERPOL
A profile of the world's largest international police organization
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.
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.
Hutu
Hutu defined in the World News glossary.
Country Profiles
Take a trip around the globe and learn more about some of the countries making the headlines in world news content.
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.
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.
Tutsi
Tutsi 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
World's Worst Earthquakes
A ranking of the strongest, most devastating temblors in the world.
World's Worst Natural Disasters
Mother Nature has dealt the deadliest blows around the globe with these tragic disasters.
Palestinian Militant Groups
A roundup of the different militant groups operating out of the Palestinian territories.
Zimbabwe News - The Headlines from Zimbabwe
A roundup of the latest headlines out of Zimbabwe.
IMF
IMF 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.
Why is there conflict in South Ossetia?
Russian forces battle Georgian troops for control of this breakaway region.
Freedom Fighters
Here are profiles of those who have labored for the causes of freedom and democracy in their countries.
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.
Who's Who in the Royal Family
A guide to the House of Windsor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taliban
Taliban 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?
What are U.N. sanctions?
What it means when the United Nations levies sanctions on a country.
Vladimir Putin
A profile of Russian politician Vladimir Putin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jamahiriya
Jamahiriya defined in the World News glossary.
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.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai.
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.
Zimbabwe
A profile of the African country once known as Rhodesia.
World's Worst Hurricanes
The powerful storms that have shaken the globe.
Enrique Peña Nieto
Governor of Mexico state from 2005 to 2011 and president-elect of Mexico, succeeding Felipe Calderon.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harakat ul-Jihad-i-Islami/Bangladesh
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 14.
Abdullah Abdullah
A profile of the former foreign minister who came to challenge his onetime boss for the presidency of Afghanistan.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Taiwan
Where is it?: A group of islands east of China, across the Taiwan Strait and resting in the China Sea
Russia Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Russia's key newspapers.
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.
King Abdullah
A profile of Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia.
Peshmerga
The term peshmerga is explained in the World News glossary.
Prominent Women in Afghanistan
After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghan women slowly came out from under the burqa and seized a greater role in society. But there have been challenges in the traditional patriarchal society as extremists try to keep girls from getting an education and a female contestant dancing on a televised singing competition nearly created a national scandal. In the face of these hurdles brave women have risen to try to make life better for all Afghans.
Islamic Jihad Group
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 17.
Roma
Roma 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.
Sharia
Sharia defined in the World News glossary.
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.
Religion in World News
Here are some stories about the religious establishments that play a key role in world news.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Photos
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.
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.
Iran News
Here are some key headlines to emerge from the Islamic Republic.
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.
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.
Nicolas Sarkozy
A profile of the president of France since 2007, succeeding two-term Jacques Chirac after defeating Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal.
Hair of Holocaust Victims
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 2.
The Royal Marriages
William and Kate are bucking for happily ever after, but how has the House of Windsor fared in the marriage department?
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.
Pakistan
A profile of the country of Pakistan.
Terrorist Attacks on Russia
The terrorist attacks that have targeted Russians since the beginning of the Islamist uprising known as the Second Chechen War.
Asif Ali Zardari
A profile of Asif Ali Zardari, widower of Benazir Bhutto and 14th president of Pakistan.
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.
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.
The U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in the Congo
The history of MONUC, the storied United Nations' peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Khmer Rouge Torture Chief Weeps at 'Killing...
Duch, now 65, is one of five Khmer Rouge kingpins facing charges of crimes against humanity under the joint U.N.-Cambodian effort.
Nepal
Nepal is home to eight of the world's 10 highest mountain peaks. Yet even as a tourism magnet, the country is one of the poorest and least developed ones in the world.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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?
Morgan Tsvangirai
The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change presents the strongest challenge to Robert Mugabe's iron grip on rule.
Yasser Arafat
Late founder and leader of the Fatah party. Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. President of the Palestinian National Authority.
Syrian National Council
The Syrian National Council pulls together Syria's myriad populations in an effort to ensure that there isn't a political vacuum after the fall of Bashar al-Assad.
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri
Profile of an al-Qaeda commander of Persian Gulf activities arrested in 2002 in Dubai and held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba as one of two death penalty cases before the tribunal.
Israel Strikes Gaza
On Dec. 27, 2008, after a week in which Hamas militants had launched more than 200 rockets into Israel, Israeli forces staged a massive air assault on Hamas strongholds in Gaza.
International Atomic Energy Agency
The International Atomic Energy Agency was established within the United Nations framework in 1957 as a body to coordinate international cooperation in the nuclear field.
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.
Zyklon B at Auschwitz
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 3.
Intifada
Intifada defined in the World News glossary.
Kongra-Gel
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 24.
News Satire Sites
These outlets whip up all the news that's fit to mock.
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-Shabaab
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 4.
President Barack Obama
Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States after his victory in the 2008 presidential election. Here are some stories from his term.
Continuity Irish Republican Army
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 11.
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.
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.
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.
A View of Auschwitz
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 4.
Bhutan: The World's Newest Democracy
Bhutan residents headed for the polls to pick a parliament, trading a century of royal rule for democracy -- at the behest of the king.
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.
Garry Kasparov
A Russian chess grandmaster who retired from competitive chess in 2005 to focus on political activities and writing.
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.
As-Sahab
As-Sahab as defined in the World News glossary.
What is the power structure in Iran?
How does the power structure in the Islamic Republic really work?
Mengele's Crimes
A gallery of images from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, which is preserved as a memorial site in remembrance of those killed at the camp and to teach future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. Page 6.
Mahmoud Abbas
President Mahmoud Abbas has been instrumental in shaping the future of the Palestinian territories after the death of Yasser Arafat.
Women in World News
Learn more about many of the powerful women making headlines in the world, and about the women's issues being brought to the forefront.

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