As ethnic Druze in Syria are caught in a flashpoint on the edge of the country’s six-year civil war, their neighbors and relatives across the border in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights are figuring out their allegiances. Some Golan Druze are reaffirming their historical and in many cases, familial ties to Syria, while others are drawing closer to an Israel that after years of caution may begin to intervene in the Syrian conflict at its door.
Lawyers and activists working with LGBT refugees in the Netherlands report that immigration authorities are increasingly demanding that people fleeing anti-gay persecution back home prove their sexuality.
Saad Hariri, who became prime minister for the second time less than a year ago in a government of national unity, cited the dominance of Lebanon by Iran and its ally Hezbollah and threats to his life as being behind his decision to resign.
Somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 children are forced to beg on the streets of Senegal. The money they collect goes to their Quranic instructors in exchange for teaching, food and housing. Rights activists say it's a form of modern slavery. But some in Senegal say it's just tradition.
About 600 asylum-seekers in an Australian offshore detention camp on Papua New Guinea are hunkering down and refusing to leave. The power has been cut off, there's no air conditioning and food is running out.
Some of the most visible lasting symbols of the Cold War era are the black-and-yellow signs marking nuclear fallout shelters across the country. The man responsible for the design of that sign — Robert Blakeley — died on Oct. 25 at the age of 95.