You think it's dark and cold on the shortest day of the year? Imagine what it's like in Russia — which is almost entirely above the 49th parallel that makes up the majority of the continental US' northern border — where they just got rid of daylight savings.
Members of the Carsi soccer fan club in Turkey are under fire now, with prosecutors seeking life in prison for up to 35 people accused of plotting a coup. But human rights advocates — and the fans themselves — say the charges are bunk.
Turkey is already one of the world's leading jailers of journalists, and it added to that score on Sunday by arresting media employees across the country. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says the arrests are part of a coup plot, but political motives seem more likely.
Modern war isn't always fought on a physical battlefield, and the US Army is making new moves to try and keep hackers and cyber attacks away from its computers. Yet some of these vital battles are being fought by young men and women who are new to the field themselves.
China is the world's largest tobacco market and, as expected, lung cancer rates are climbing. China's starting to look for ways to roll that back — but it will be hard because of how deeply connected China's national tobacco company is.
In France, government-funded agencies help people save their loved ones from so-called cults. But that list includes groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses and, not too long ago, Baptists. Some of them are now fighting back in courts.
Grand juries decided not indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The decision enraged many Americans, who questioned why the incidents didn't deserve an open trial — exactly the reason why the UK, the originator of grand juries, abolished its own system long ago.
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.
Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea was one of four African leaders left off the invite list for the US-Africa Leaders Summit this week. The snub sparked debate among Washington's Eritrean expat community about whether or not the gesture had any real meaning.
D-Day veterans in their 80s and 90s are back in Normandy for the 70th anniversary of their landing — for many, most probably — it will be the last major milestone anniversary of the historic invasions they'll spend there.
After the shooting and the lockdown in Ottawa, Canadian police have shared details about the suspected gunman: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen with a criminal record and a confiscated passport. But further information about his conversion to Islam and radicalization is still scarce.
President Obama gave a speech today at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, in which he highlighted the importance of trying to prevent genocide and atrocities from happening in the first place. Marco Werman talks with Harvard professor Sarah Sewall.
The US government shutdown has journalists working overtime to come up with the best headlines and most interesting writing about, essentially, what isn't happening. Examples of that, as well as an amazing video of a massive Spanish cathedral's construction, in today's Global Scan.
President Vladimir Putin delivered a fiercely patriotic State of the Nation speech Thursday. He said Russia would defeat those enemies seeking to destroy and dismember it. But the rhetoric failed to reassure markets and the ruble continues its slide.
A US law aimed at getting the military and armed groups out of Congo's mineral mines is having an unintended effect American and European companies that can't certify minerals are "conflict-free" are pulling out. And Chinese mineral buyers are moving in.
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 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.
Undocumented minors are trekking across the US-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers. Forensic social worker Susan Cruz tries to help the kids once they get here. She says the exodus is being driven by crime and violence that is all but unchecked in the children's home countries.