She isn’t old enough to get a driver's license or vote. But at 17, Agnes Chow is already a political player in Hong Kong. As one of the leaders of an influential student activist group called Scholarism, Chow is part of a new political generation making its mark in the Chinese territory.
This month's midterm elections saw the lowest voter turnout in 70 years. That may be because in an era of smartphones and on-demand everything, American voting procedures are still the ones that best fit the agricultural rhythm of the country's early years.
Turkey has democratic institutions, but they aren't working well at the moment. There is a corruption scandal, popular protests and concerns about an increasingly authoritarian government. Turkish author Elif Shafak says the problem is that Turks are conditioned to seek a strong father figure who can save them.
After four decades in power, Spanish King Juan Carlos has announced he is stepping down and handing the throne to his son, Prince Felipe. The king bucked expectations that he would be a follow-on dictator to Franco and became the father of Spain's democracy.
When Facebook went out in Hong Kong, residents quickly blamed Beijing. Hong Kongers believe the mainland is behind a recent series of attacks targeting both pro-democracy websites and a hugely popular referendum that's demanding more political freedom for the city.
Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution seems to only get bigger as the days go by. At the center of the protests, demonstrators say they're not planning on leaving any time soon, even as their demands to Beijing remain unclear.
Amidst threats from Boko Haram, thousands of Nigerians will cast their votes for president on Saturday in what is widely seen as the country's closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999. But that doesn't mean voters have great choices.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Egyptians are voting on a new constitution. H.A. Hellyer of the Brookings Institution says the vote is really a referendum on the military, opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood and other issues. And those who turn out will almost certainly vote "yes."