All is not lost. That's the uplifting message from the third installment of an important UN report on climate change. It says the cost of keeping global warming in check is relatively modest, if we move quickly.
Violence in northern Nigeria took an ominous turn this week when at least 100 teenage girls were kidnapped from a school in the remote northeast. It's thought that the Islamist militant group Boko Haram took the young women to a forest near the border with Cameroon. Omoyele Sowore of Sahara Reporters blames what he calls an "incompetent" Nigerian government.
How do you let drone pilots dropping bombs by remote control know the consequences of their actions? Some Afghan artists are using a giant photo. And a journalist now claims the US didn't attack Syria's government after evidence of chemical warfare emerged because it may not have been Assad's fault. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
UN peacekeepers are often criticized for failing to act in the face of conflict. But 20 years ago this month, while the Rwandan genocide raged, one Senegalese UN peacekeeper was running daring missions that saved an estimated 600 people. The BBC's Mark Doyle tells the story of Capt. Mbaye Diagne.
The Dutch have the oldest and largest Obama fan club in Europe, according to an analyst there. The reason? He stands for diversity and cooperation with Europe —and the Dutch get his problems with the Tea Party.
On Saturday Afghans will vote in the third election since the Taliban's fall. And, it will be the first presidential race there without Hamid Karzai on the ballot. With 11 candidates running, the race appears wide open.
A bunch of places in Ukraine and Crimea end in "-opol", from the ancient Greek word for city: polis. That's no accident. Russia chose those names after conquering the Black Sea region from the Turks. But why?
If you think of yourself as a global citizen, then it is about time you got over your bias toward the Gregorian calendar. Depending on the community you are in, the year might be 1393, or 5116, or something else.
NATO foreign ministers have agreed to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia, in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea. NATO will also review military deployments in eastern Europe.
Many of the Central African Republic's Muslims have either fled to neighboring countries or been the victims of ethnic cleansing by extremist Christian militias. But a Catholic priest is protecting about a thousand Muslims at his church, with peacekeepers at the gate and militiamen just beyond.
Delano, California, was a rural farm town controlled by white farmers when Cesar Chavez first began fighting for labor rights there in the 1960s. The movement he began started a process that has transformed the town.
What's it like to jump off a 104-story building? Let us show you. Plus would you get a haircut like your national leader? What if you had no choice? That may just be the case in North Korea. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
Brazil will host the World Cup this summer and, in 2016, the Olympics. And for Brazil's young adults, that makes this the perfect time to protest their country's lack of opportunities and crumbling infrastructure.
French elections this past weekend have shaken up the political system. A prime minister resigned, a woman-immigrant was elected mayor of Paris for the first time, and a far-right fringe party may be gaining some serious traction among voters.