Syrian forces and rebels continue violent clashes and the U.N.-brokered cease fire seems little more than a paper promise. As the violence wears on, outside leaders seem paralyzed about what they can do to stop the violence that has killed at least 9,000 people.
A massive suicide bombing in Syria, timed to explode during the height of the city's rush hour, caused at least 55 people to be killed and some 350 to be wounded. The blast is the latest installment in the country's ongoing civil war.
Charles Taylor was convicted this week of aiding and abetting war criminals in Sierra Leone during that country's civil war. But his road to leader of Liberia and ultimately to war criminal wasn't as simple as you might think.
A special court for the United Nations Thursday announced that its judges had found CHarles Taylor, the former president of the West African nation of Liberia, guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during Sierra Leone's civil war. The verdict is the penultimate moment of a five-year trial, with sentencing scheduled for May.
Charles Taylor, the one-time president of Liberia who insists he had close ties to the U.S. intelligence services, will find out this week whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Taylor is accused of financing and arming rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone, encouraging and abetting their war atrocities.
Two European women are turning to the Internet and social media to try and encourage Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to take action with her husband to stop the violent crackdown underway in that country.
Syria on Thursday was relatively calm -- perhaps for the first time in more than a year. Both Syrian government soldiers and opposition forces seemed to be adhering, for the most part, to a U.N.-backed cease fire. But elements of the cease fire are yet to be implemented.
North Korea will launch a rocket sometime between Thursday and Monday in what it says is a mission to put an agricultural and scientific satellite into orbit. The United States and other nations in the region say the launch is really a cover for a ballistic missile test — in violation of United Nations sanctions.
The United Nations convened on Monday to discuss a topic that isn't usually on their agenda: happiness. Throughout the day, speakers at the U.N. put forward their thoughts on how to measure and improve well-being around the world.
Kofi Annan, the U.N. special envoy to Syria, told the Security Council on Monday that the Syrian government had agreed to withdraw its military forces from the nation's cities and end its violent repression of civilian protesters. It remains to be seen if they will follow through.