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Understanding the Conflict Between Rwanda's...
The origins of conflict between the Tutsi and Hutu peoples.
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 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.
PKK defined in the World News glossary.
Understanding Rwanda's Historical Hutu and...
A history of conflict between the two ethnicities at the center of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
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 Iranian or Persian?
Iranian and Persian are often used interchangeably to describe people from Iran, but which is correct?
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.
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.
World's Worst Mass Shootings
Learn about the killers who have terrorized their communities and captured international headlines by going on shooting rampages.
Robert Mugabe
A profile of the president of Zimbabwe.
The British Tabloids
Sleaze is the story of the day in a country where the gossip papers are king.
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.
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.
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.
Is it Burma or Myanmar?
The military junta's name change of the country doesn't sit well with everyone internationally.
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.
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 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 Earthquakes
A ranking of the strongest, most devastating temblors in the world.
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.
The function of NGOs can vary widely, from service organizations to human-rights advocacy and relief groups.
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
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.
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.
Who's Who in the Royal Family
A guide to the House of Windsor.
What is causing Pakistan's flooding? - August...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apartheid defined in the World News glossary.
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.
Religion in World News
Here are some stories about the religious establishments that play a key role in world news.
What are U.N. sanctions?
What it means when the United Nations levies sanctions on a country.
Zimbabwe News - The Headlines from Zimbabwe
A roundup of the latest headlines out of Zimbabwe.
Revolutionary People’s Liberation...
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 43.
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.
Aishwarya Rai
A profile of Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai.
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.
Kim Jong-Il
A profile of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il
Taliban defined in the World News glossary.
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?
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.
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.
What is the power structure in Iran?
How does the power structure in the Islamic Republic really work?
IMF defined in the World News glossary.
Colossal Squid Boasts Largest-Known Eye
New Zealand scientists are in awe of the largest-known recovered carcass of a colossal squid.
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 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.
Tutsi 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.
A profile of the world's largest international police organization
Will diplomatic overtures to Iran work?
President Barack Obama made outreach to the Islamic Republic a cornerstone of his foreign policy, but it may not work out as planned.
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.
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.
Asia News
Here are some issues, people and stories making the headlines in Asia.
Israel Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Israel's key newspapers.
Leaders in the Americas
Here are some current and former leaders stretching from North America to South America.
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.
Hutu 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.
World's Worst Natural Disasters
Mother Nature has dealt the deadliest blows around the globe with these tragic disasters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The term peshmerga is explained in the World News glossary.
Venezuelan Presidential Election 2013
The race to succeed Hugo Chavez culminates in a quickie election on April 14. Venezuela faces a choice to go forward with the socialist path Chavez carved out for the country in his nearly 14 years of rule or to steer a new route for the nation that has been plagued by high crime and isolationism. Based on free-speech and fraud track records of the past, observers are already concerned about whether the country can have a free and fair election.
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.
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.
Jamahiriya defined in the World News glossary.
Arab and Muslim Country Leaders
Profiles of various leaders throughout Arab and Islamic nations, ranging from Northern Africa to the Hindu Kush.
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.
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.
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.
The Arab League
A description of the League of Arab States, a voluntary group of countries united mainly by the common language of Arabic and advancing common goals.
A profile of the African country once known as Rhodesia.
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.
North Korea's 'State of War' Declaration
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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.
Anders Behring Breivik
A right-wing extremist detonated a powerful bomb outside the prime minister's headquarters in Oslo, Norway, on July 22, 2011, and then two hours later killed teens gathered for a Labor Party summer camp on Utoya island. Learn more about the confessed attacker, Anders Behring Breivik.
A profile of the country of Pakistan.
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.
Kim Jong-un
Who is he?: The "Great Successor," as officially deemed in North Korea , to his late father, "Dear Leader"
Sharia defined in the World News glossary.
Somalia Famine
The United Nations estimates that at least 12 million people are affected by the 2011 drought and famine across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. In Somalia the crisis is particularly dire as areas controlled by the militant group Al-Shabaab are not able to receive humanitarian aid, leading to tens of thousands of starvation deaths. Here is the crisis in pictures.
September 11 Attacks
Photos of the news stories that shaped the first decade of the new millennium, from terrorism to natural and humanitarian disasters.
Where is it?: A group of islands east of China, across the Taiwan Strait and resting in the China Sea
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
A profile of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Queen Elizabeth II
A collection of photos of England's third-longest serving monarch.
Suez Crisis, 1956
Vintage photos showing some historical headlines to appear in British newspapers over more than a century. Page 8.
Palestinian Militant Groups
A roundup of the different militant groups operating out of the Palestinian territories.
Muslim Brotherhood
In the wake of protests in Egypt and the possible ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, many have expressed concern about the banned Muslim Brotherhood waiting in the wings to take a greater role in ruling Egypt. But just what is this group?
The Royal Marriages
William and Kate are bucking for happily ever after, but how has the House of Windsor fared in the marriage department?
Behind the News in Zimbabwe
For decades, Zimbabwe has toiled under the rule of dictator Robert Mugabe. A power-sharing struggle has aimed to give greater voice to the opposition, but Zimbabwe still suffers from astronomical inflation and unemployment, as well as often violent government land seizures. Here is some background behind the headlines.
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.
Obama Addresses Arab World
On May 19, 2011, President Barack Obama spoke in what was billed as a major speech from the State Department to address the Arab Spring and unrest still unresolved across the Muslim world. Here are highlights from that address.
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.
News Satire Sites
These outlets whip up all the news that's fit to mock.
Why is there conflict in South Ossetia?
Russian forces battle Georgian troops for control of this breakaway region.
TIME Person of the Year
Each year, TIME magazine bestows its Person of the Year honor on the individual or group who "for better
Vladimir Putin
A profile of Russian politician Vladimir Putin.
King Abdullah
A profile of Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia.
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.
Asif Ali Zardari
A profile of Asif Ali Zardari, widower of Benazir Bhutto and 14th president of Pakistan.
Continuity Irish Republican Army
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 11.
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.
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.
JFK Assassination, 1963
Vintage photos showing some historical headlines to appear in British newspapers over more than a century. Page 9.
Abdullah Abdullah
A profile of the former foreign minister who came to challenge his onetime boss for the presidency of Afghanistan.
Myanmar (Burma)
A profile of Myanmar, previously formally known as Burma.
Russia Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Russia's key newspapers.
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.
Istanbul or Constantinople?
The name evolution of Europe's most populous city.
Freedom Fighters
Here are profiles of those who have labored for the causes of freedom and democracy in their countries.
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.
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.
Politburo as defined in the World News glossary.
OPINION: Save Auschwitz
As survivors eventually take their history to the grave, it's incumbent upon society to make sure that the terrible lessons of the Shoah are taught to every subsequent generation. Can there be a more important time to make sure that the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is preserved?
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.
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.
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.
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?
UN Human Rights Council
A profile of the controversial 47-member inter-governmental body within the United Nations system.
G-8 defined in the World News glossary.
Japan Newspapers
A gathering of websites representing Japan's key newspapers.
Terrorist Attacks on Mumbai
Gunmen storm locations ranging from hotels to a Jewish center as they target Westerners in a rampage through India's financial center.
North Korea
A profile of North Korea, also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
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.
World's Worst Hurricanes
The powerful storms that have shaken the globe.
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?
Mohamed Morsi
Egypt's first democratically elected president came to power more than a year after his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, was ousted in Egypt's Arab Spring revolution.
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.
Barack Obama
The 44th president of the United States and the first African-American to be elected to that position.
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.
Top 10 Stories to Watch in 2013
2012 had some unforgettable headlines with stories ranging from massacres to the re-election of a president. But what are the stories to watch going into 2013? Here are some to keep an eye on in the new year.
Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso)
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 44.
Islamic Jihad Group
Descriptions and images of the groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department. Page 17.
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.
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?
Morgan Tsvangirai
The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change presents the strongest challenge to Robert Mugabe's iron grip on rule.
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