Like many homeowners, Diana Darke simply fell in love with her house and couldn't pass it up. But the British author's dream home was in Damascus, now caught in the Syrian civil war. Yet Darke refuses to give up on her house — or Syria itself.
He left the island in 2007 after thinking the US and Cuba would never mend their differences. So the recent news is sweet and sour, especially after selling a home he put his life into making beautiful.
The US and Cuba supposedly negotiated in secret for more than a year to bring about a thaw between the two countries. They weren't the only ones, though: Pope Francis also helped the two longtime enemies conduct their back-channel diplomacy.
For years, Stephen Colbert's conservative parody showed how satire and ridicule can be powerful forms of expression. Now with Sony canceling "The Interview" in the face of apparent North Korean threats, his show's ending seems like an even bigger blow for free speech.
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.
Public concern about the spread of Ebola in Liberia seems to be waning, even though about 10 new cases continue to be reported in the capital Monrovia every day. Now the possibility of Senate elections there next week has health officials especially worried.
Kosovo can't get recognition from the United Nations, so it's gone for digital recognition from the likes of Facebook and Google. But while it's mostly been a success, some Kosovars aren't sure that digital legitimacy amounts to much.
When the government of Iran ordered reporters to stop covering protests that rocked the country in 2009, Nazila Fathi said no. But her refusal forced her to flee Iran with her family, and she recounts the turmoil — and her exile — in a new book.
Missionaries have been spreading the Gospel and doing humanitarian work with North Korean refugees in northeast China for a long time. But detentions of foreign missionaries are rising as Beijing clamps down on Christian activity, trying to help stabilize its North Korean allies.
Enas Shalodi and her family sleep in the living room of a temporary house a few doors down from their own. It was destroyed, after her son ran over and killed two Israelis at a train stop in Jerusalem.
It was a rare political moment: the US Secretary of State paying a compliment to Cuba. But that’s what happened Friday when John Kerry commended Cuba's role in West Africa, where the island nation has sent more health workers than any other country — and plans to send even more in the coming weeks.
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.
Italy is a fiercely anti-GMOs. It's one of a handful of countries to ban them outright. But European law is trumping them, and it has opened a window for one Italian farmer who is growing GMO corn anyway.
A year ago, confronting the threats presented by climate change was front and center in President Obama's State of the Union address. But The World's environment editor Peter Thomson expects it to be a lot less prominent this year. That's politics. And that's the nature of climate change.
When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.
If you've ever wanted Vladimir Putin propaganda plastered across your chest as you walk the streets of New York, here's your chance. A pop-up store recently opened in the city, selling shirts showing the Russian president as Superman and other heroes.
Undocumented immigrants who are gay or lesbian face coming out of the closet twice: both as gay or lesbian, and as an undocumented immigrant. For one man in California, the Supreme Court's dismissal of DOMA let him come out for the second time.
There’s bipartisan support to help young unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the US as children. But should young immigration activists accept a narrower bill, giving them a chance at citizenship, or push for a broader deal that would include their families?
Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, says he's free of the corruption and violence that taint many Afghan politicians. And after quickly signing a long-delayed security pact with the US, he's looking for other ways to break with the country's recent past.
The World's Clark Boyd reports that a New Jersey Congressman is proposing new legislation to prevent U.S. Internet companies from turning over information about their users to countries that censor Internet content.
Republican presidential contender says that -- if elected -- he'd hold a British-style question and answer sessions with Congress, and Anchor Lisa Mullins offers a reminder of how chaotic those sessions can be in the British parliament.