Syria's ongoing civil war has moved to Aleppo, where rebels and government forces have squared off in several days of violent battles. Both sides claimed victories on Monday, but the real losers are the civilians.
Oswaldo Payá is credited with changing the conversation in Cuba, bringing to light grassroots dissatisfaction with the Cuban government and the direction of its policies.
Syria spiraled further out of control over the weekend, with increased fighting in and around the country's two main cities and the government for the first time admitting that it has chemical weapons. Amidst all that, children are paying a heavy price.
Syria was rocked Wednesday morning by a deadly suicide bombing that killed the defense minister and President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, the military's deputy chief of staff. It's a further sign the tide of the revolution may be turning.
In Oregon, there's rumblings of discontent over how much herbicide the state uses to keep its highway shoulders cleared. Some counties have pesticide-free promises, but that doesn't apply to state roads. In some states, though, herbicides are on the decline.
As Canada grapples with its budget and tries to make cuts, scientists are protesting the decision, they say, to halt funding for the Experimental Lakes Area and end the important research conducted there.
To environmentalists, the Hotel Algarrobico represents the worst example of Spain's failures to enforce its environmental laws: built right along the coast and in a national park. But to local residents, it's more economic opportunity lost. It could provide hundreds of jobs, but right now it's sitting empty.
An international human rights organization this week released a report that it says documents a series of detention and torture facilities setup around Syria by the country's government. The report is based on hundreds of interviews with Syrians who were victims of the government program.
As Hong Kong chafes under increased pressure from the mainland Chinese government, a city that was once viewed as apolitical and commercially oriented has found its political voice. Over the weekend, there was a huge protest and the Chinese government is worried about it spreading to mainland citizens.
Egypt was supposed to find out who would be its next president Thursday. Now it's delayed indefinitely while "improprieties" in the voting are investigated. Meanwhile, the country's former president was reported dead. But he wasn't. All of this has Egyptians seeing conspiracies at every turn.