World Story of the Day: Episodes

Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas were expected to announce a unity government this week, but that's been postponed over disagreements about who should be prime minister. In the city of Hebron, there are similar signs of discord over local matters — like the election of a medical association.
After 30 years of mind-bending economic growth, everyone knows about brand China — but very few people can name a Chinese brand. And the reasons for that are not just economic. To move to the next level, the country needs to adopt social and legal reforms, observers say.
Chinese companies are building a superhighway in Kenya to help expand the economy. The project is building good will and helping Chinese businesses penetrate the continent. But there's a downside to the growing Chinese presence: an influx of counterfeit goods and a rise in poaching.
A region that was the scene of major combat a year ago has been quiet for the past two months, Marines say — thanks in part to a group of local Afghans who act as a sort of an armed neighborhood watch. They identify Taliban fighters and have found caches of IEDs.
A government-owned company has hired some of Hollywood's big guns to create films that it hopes will paint the country in a positive light along the way to becoming international blockbusters.
In 2000, four American rock climbers were captured by militant rebels in the Karasu Valley of southeastern Kyrgyzstan. After six days, the climbers escaped. Now one of the climbers, photographer John Dickey, is planning a return.
Nicknamed "El Canelo," or cinnamon, for his red hair, Saul Alvarez will defend his WBC super welterweight title in his hometown of Guadalajara on Saturday. The 20-year-old hasn't lost a fight since he turned pro at 15, and he's being billed in Mexico as boxing's next superstar.
Officials in the emerging nation hope people will one day think of it for its wildlife, not war. So it's taking steps to track the animals for anti-poaching efforts. South Sudan's economy now relies on oil, "but these animals will be there for life if we manage them well," an official says.
The Italian town of Prato is home to the largest concentration of Chinese residents in Europe. In this textile center, the Chinese have created a parallel, off-the-books economy — hiring illegal workers and selling items at low prices. As their wealth has grown, Italian resentment has spread.
Chants of "The army and the people are one" could be heard in Tahrir Square during Egypt's revolution this spring. But the sense of respect that activists held for the military has dwindled as more people have been arrested and subjected to secret trials, a continuation of a Mubarak-era practice.
Most international media is banned, but hte London-based satellite channel beams in anti-government programming, streaming videos uploaded by protesters. But WikiLeaks revealed the channel has U.S. financial support, costing it credibility inside Syria.
Julian Leyzaola beat down drug cartels in Tijuana, but faces daunting new challenges in Mexico's deadliest city. He says narcos are criminals who should be viewed as just criminals. And to restore respect for the law, he's even cracking down on pirated DVDs.
The city's policy for dealing with its huge raccoon population? Leave them alone. One behavioral psychologist says that by giving them bigger challenges to get to food, humans are shaping uber-raccoons better able to compete in an urban environment.
The question of whether militant groups have wormed into Pakistan's military is an explosive one, considering that Pakistan's armed forces are vital U.S. allies and also guardians of nuclear weapons. It was also the question a Pakistani journalist addressed shortly before he was murdered.
Japan is trying to preserve power following the crisis that crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant. As offices cut back on air conditioning to save energy, some professionals are jumping at the invitation to don lighter clothes, such as Hawaiian shirts.
Chinese shipping giant Cosco has locked in a $5 billion deal at the Greek port of Piraeus. For China, the pier is a strategic gateway for Chinese goods into Europe and beyond. But a former Cosco dockworker alleges mistreatment, and Greek officials have fined the company for labor violations.
Having broken from its past as a Soviet republic, Kazakhstan is now a proud country with an up-and-coming economy and a desire to be a player on the world stage. Neighbor China seems to be offering what Kazakhstan wants: investment and political ties. But many worry about losing Kazakhstan's identity.
As it reemerges as a world power, the question is: Is China's awakening to be welcomed — or feared? Some point to peaceful 15th century explorer Zheng He to show that China is not an expansionist culture. But others say China's motivations have changed — and a peaceful rise will be difficult.
The huge deposits of cooper, iron, gold and other minerals in the mountains of Afghanistan might be the country's key to building a stronger economy. But one U.S. expert says it may not be as simple as just getting these minerals out of the ground.
Bahrain officially ended a period of martial law this week after mass uprisings nearly shut down the country in February and March. But armored vehicles still patrol the streets, military courts are still in place, and hundreds of people remain in detention. Among the detainees are elected officials, ...
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