Charles Taylor, the one-time president of Liberia who insists he had close ties to the U.S. intelligence services, will find out this week whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Taylor is accused of financing and arming rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone, encouraging and abetting their war atrocities.
A new nuclear plant is being built in France, the first of a new generation that French industry hopes to export to the world. But the French people may have different ideas. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, they're questioning whether nuclear power is really the answer.
The British Indian Army invaded Afghanistan twice. Neither ended exactly smoothly, but the first invasion ended in disaster with the British Army retreating but being slaughtered on its way out of Kabul. A new book examines that history and some of the similarities between that invasion and the current U.S.-led effort.
President Barack Obama says preventing atrocities and violence globally is a core national security interest of the United States -- something that will be an emphasis of his foreign policy going forward. He outlined his previous commitment and new steps in a meeting at the Holocaust Museum.
Kabul has a problem with pollution. Not only is it making life unpleasant, and obscuring the city's famous views of the mountains, it's actually killing people. In fact, last year, the number of people killed from dirty air was nearly as high as the number killed by war violence.
Most casino workers in Las Vegas are members of a union -- and by-and-large they speak highly of their union and the benefits it has afforded them. But a smaller group of employees aren't members of a union, and they want what their unionized brethren have. So they're trying to get organized, but the casino owners are pushing back.
Researchers at a Canadian university are turning to crowd-sourcing to try and understand the similiarities and differences between the genomes of humans and the genomes of other living animals. Their hope is to use that to better understand how human genes work.
Cheick Modibo Diarra is Mali's new prime minister, at least on an interim basis, and is key to hopes to restore democracy to what had been a very stable African nation. His roots are in Mali, but his education and work brought him to the United States, where he eventually was a key leader on the Mars Pathfinder mission.
A gay rights activist was murdered outside of a bar last week in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after reportedly attempting to break up a fight between two men. Members of the community have come out to honor Raymond Taavel's memory.
China's computer hackers have become renown for their persistence and their ability to seemingly strike anywhere. They're also respected for their skills, believed to be among the best in the world.

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