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?
There was something of a diplomatic bright spot on Thursday, when representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the US agreed on steps to take to de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine. But the crisis is a long way from over and one expert says there's still a great deal of danger ahead.
Algerians who are interested in their current election — and there aren't many, really — were greeted with a surreal scene of their little seen president being wheeled into a voting booth to cast a ballot for his own re-election. Slowly, Algerians are trying to bring change to a country that's been ruled by the same many for almost 15 years.
The crisis in Ukraine didn't prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from holding his annual live phone-in today. Correspondent Charles Maynes says the Russian leader gave a vigorous defense of Moscow's role in Ukraine and entertained a call from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
There are literally millions of Syrians living as refugees around the Middle East. About 1 million of them are living in Turkey, where many have decided to take to begging on the streets to make ends meet. But they're not always getting a friendly welcome.
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.
A year ago today, the Boston Marathon bombings rocked Massachusetts and demanded a lot of the state's leaders. Governor Deval Patrick tells The Takeaway host John Hockenberry how the tragedy affected the state and his own approach to leadership.
After two months of deadly protests in his country's streets, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro held talks yesterday with opposition leaders. Venezuela has been plagued by high inflation, shortages of basic goods, and rising crime rates. BBC journalist Daniel Padro spoke about the significance of the talks and how Venezuela is gradually changing.
It's the largest exercise of democracy in the world, and candidates competing for India's prime minister position have a lot of ground to cover if they want votes. One candidate decided the best way to do that was to be in 100 places at once, quite literally. As a hologram.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greece is inching closer to its second bailout after it managed to win a crucial debt swap, European leaders have said. Anchor Marco Werman gets the latest on the Greek debt crisis from The World's Clark Boyd.
China says that all new lawyers in China now have to take an oath of loyalty to the Communist Party. Some critics say the government is just dispensing with the fiction that it doesn't interfere with the rule of law.
Costa Rica, a tropical country known for its national parks and ecotourism, has taken a step to protect its environment. But in this environmentally conscious nation, a new ban on hunting faces obstacles.
The recent passage of a controversial law that provides free contraception has called into question the Church's social and political influence in the Philippines. It's also put the spotlight on activists who have been challenging the Church's power.
Vietnam's President is in Washington this week. On the US agenda: human rights in Vietnam. The government has imprisoned 35 bloggers. But net-savvy activists in the US are helping to keep dissident bloggers one step ahead of the authorities.
Audio recordings made on the flight deck of airplanes carrying two top government leaders the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated provide new insights into what the White House knew, when it knew it, and how the message was shared with government officials.