The crisis in Ukraine is reverberating all the way to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Some high school students there were scheduled to travel to Ukraine over school break to supplement their classes in Ukrainian language and culture. The school has been doing student exchanges with Ukraine for more than two decades.
Russia says it has a right to protect its interests and those of Russian-speakers in Ukraine. The US says Russia can't take matters into its own hands and needs to work through the UN. And Ukrainians just need help getting their country back on a political and economic footing.
Russia paid dearly to stage a world-class Olympics — $50 billion — and remake its image as a modern, efficient and friendly nation. But its Olympic success is quickly being forgotten and tarnished by Russia's moves in Ukraine.
Despite Putin's claims to the contrary today, Russian soldiers in unmarked uniforms and vehicles are blocking Ukrainian bases in Crimea and demanding that Ukrainian soldiers hand over their weapons. And for the people, Russian passports are available for the asking.
Russian troops continue to consolidate their position in the Crimean peninsula, while Ukrainian officials scramble to respond. The crisis, according to many experts, is a huge and dangerous challenge for Europe and for US President Barack Obama.
As the Russian military moves into Crimea, there seem to be few good options for the US and NATO. Retired Brigadier General Kevin Ryan sees economic sanctions as one of the few tools, but that requires time and a focus on the long-term strategy.
Since late January, someone has been posting audio recordings on YouTube of phone calls between people said to be Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle. The prime minister says they're fake, and part of a plot to take down his government.
Adults in Switzerland could be in for a windfall, under a proposal set for a national referendum. The government would provide every adult $2,750 a month, every month, in what's known as a "basic income." One economist says it's not as whacky as it may seem to us.
The US citizenship has an amazingly high pass rate — but it also has a number of critics. They argue the questions, frankly, are bad. And the test doesn't encourage immigrants to become better citizens, but rather to memorize facts they can write on the test.
Along with gaining the right to vote and the responsibility of serving on a jury, some studies show new citizens make clear economic gains as well. But not everyone buys it. Naturalization rates in the US are extremely low. Of the more than 8 million people with a US green card, less than 40 percent will go on to naturalize. That's nearly a third of the naturalization rate in our neighbor to the north, Canada.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been involved in some of the court's most important decisions. In a one-on-one interview, Ginsburg explained that she views the Second Amendment as outdated, and drew connections between fair pay for women and immigration reform.
In the European Union, every language is an official language. Government officials speak in the official language of their country, and those comments are then translated into 22, soon to be 23, other languages. All of that costs $1.4 billion per year — and that total will increase when Croatian becomes an official language later this year.
The Soviet Union dissolved 20 years ago this Sunday. More than half of all Russians now regret that demise, according to a recent poll. Brigid McCarthy visited a restaurant in Moscow that lets nostalgic customers pretend they're back in the USSR.
The Mexican government is floundering over how to handle the security vacuum in the state of Michoacan. Young, armed citizens are fighting and beating a powerful drug cartel, but the government isn't sure how to handle their new power.
France's new president, Francois Hollande, has just announced a raft of tax hikes on big companies and the rich. The measures are proving popular among ordinary Frenchmen, but business leaders and the wealthy say squeezing them will hurt everyone.
The Colombian city of Medellin was once the murder capital of the world and ground zero for Pablo Escobar's cocaine cartel. But Medellin has lately emerged as a hotspot for urban planning and innovative mass transit. John Otis reports.
At the height of the Cold War, a German teen decided he'd fly his single-ending plane deep into the Soviet Union to build a metaphorical bridge between the Germans and the Soviets. He landed in Red Square — and was arrested and sentenced 25 years ago last week.
Germany has just received the first plane-load of Syrian refugees fleeing their civil war back home. And up to 5,000 more are expected. But some believe Germany shouldn't pat itself on the back just yet for the humanitarian gesture.
Syria's Deputy Prime Minister, Qadri Jamil, says the civil war is in a stalemate. He was speaking in an interview with Britain's Guardian Newspaper. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the Guardian's Jonathan Steele in Damascus.
People across the globe are watching to see if there's ultimately a resolution to this US government shutdown. And what they're saying — and hearing — isn't great. Many folks around the globe say the shutdown looks crazy. It looks silly. It looks like lawmakers are arguing about something that doesn't entirely matter.
During Peru's civil strife in the 80s and 90s, insecurity got so bad that people started paying for gates and guards to block the entrances to their streets. Now, that distrust of institutions is hard for Peruvians to shake.