When you call your leader a dictator, it seems like things are getting pretty bad in your country. But rhetoric like that has been par for the course in the 2014 midterm elections, and The Guardian's Rory Carroll says explaining that to readers overseas is a big challenge.
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to tackle a particularly disturbing tactic of war this week: the use of rape as a weapon. Jeb Sharp talks with Anne-Marie Goetz of UNIFEM, the UN's development agency for women.
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.
When British artist Banksy does something, people take notice. The unidentified and mysterious graffiti artist has posted a film online that spoofs Syrian rebels and shows them accidentally killing Dumbo the Elephant. The video's gone viral and has generated a lot of reaction in the Twittersphere.
Controversial, belligerent and bigoted — those were some of the words used to describe the Reverend Ian Paisley, the Northern Irish political giant, after his death on Friday. Writer and filmmaker Jon Ronson spent a week making a documentary about Paisley and came away from it with respect for the man many hated.
East Germany never had a lot of cash on hand. What it did have was political prisoners, and plenty of them. So during the Cold War, the communist regime ransomed hundreds of thousands of people to the West in exchange for much-needed hard currency.