Conflict & Justice

What Russia is up to in Syria — and why

The US says Russia is stepping up its military presence in Syria. The Russians appear to be building an air force base that could lend direct assistance to the regime of embattled president Bashar al-Assad. Other reports speak of troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers on the ground. What is actually going on? And why?

Global Politics

The MacArthur Foundation decides to pull out of Russia, suggesting its presence there is unwelcome

The MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday it would close its offices in Russia. MacArthur President Julia Stasch cites new laws that make the organization's presence in Russia unwelcome. The announcement comes at a time after Russia's upper house of parliament included the foundation on a list of foreign organizations it says pose a threat to Russian sovereignty.

Global Scan

Russia demands that Bulgaria treat Soviet memorials with a little respect

Monuments showing heroic Soviet soldiers dot many of the former USSR satellite countries. And since the end of the Cold War, they have been refashioned by activists into political statements, infuriating Russian officials. In Africa, social media networks have been spreading a folk 'cure' for Ebola. And the Israeli government has kept independent human rights investigators out of Gaza. That and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Greeks wonder who was buried in this huge tomb 2300 years ago

It is the largest ancient burial site in Greece and, just a month after its announcement, it has brought new life to two small villages 60 miles east of Thessaloniki. But who was important enough to be buried there? Meanwhile in India, when some families are planning a wedding, the first to-do is to hire a marriage detective. And Russian President Putin decides to intervene in a children's show, all in today's Global Scan.