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The U.S. and Kazakhstan have just completed a yearlong project moving 100 tons of highly radioactive material from a former Soviet nuclear plant to a storage site 1,500 miles across Kazakhstan. The shipments included enough material for nearly 800 nuclear weapons.
Myanmar's celebrated democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has picked up where she left off. Since being released from years of house arrest on Saturday, she has called for direct talks with her country's military rulers. She has also spoken of working to lift Western sanctions against Myanmar, formerly ...
Many Mexican politicians view the current drug war -- which has claimed roughly 30,000 lives over the past four years -- as one more curse foisted on Mexico by their rich neighbor to the north.
After two weeks of volcanic eruptions, life for people living near Mount Merapi remains dangerous and difficult. The death toll from the eruptions has surpassed 200, and more than a quarter of a million people have evacuated their homes. While vulcanologists believe the eruption is dying down, they ...
In Diyala province, a young woman is kidnapped and later freed. But in her tribal culture, it may cost her her life. Like countless other women in Iraq, 19-year-old Uhud risks being a victim of an "honor killing" by her shamed family, who suspect she may have been raped.
An American secretary living in Maryland got a phone call at 4 a.m. informing her that her uncle had died and she had been chosen as the first woman to rule in Otuam, a fishing community of 7,000 people in Ghana. Peggielene Bartels, 57, accepted the job and now juggles two lives -- from the palace in ...
As U.S. troops make gains against the Taliban outside the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, refugees and insurgent fighters have been streaming into the city. The destabilizing result: more Afghans looking for work, and more Taliban attacks.
President Obama arrived in Indonesia on Tuesday, the second stop on a tour of Asia. He marveled at the changes that Jakarta has undergone in the 40 years since he lived there as a schoolboy. The president got a welcome that was warmer and more emotional than another U.S. president might expect to receive, ...
After six months of tough economic times, Greek voters cast ballots Sunday in local elections seen as a referendum on the socialist government's draconian austerity measures.
Russia's Solovetsky Islands, less than 100 miles from the Arctic Circle, have become a popular tourist destination. Originally an outpost of the Orthodox Church, they later became home to a brutal prison. Now, islanders and church officials are battling for control.
Astrakhan, on the Volga River, once was known as Russia's caviar capital -- but no more. As the fish neared extinction, Russia banned all commercial sturgeon fishing in the area and the export of all black caviar. Now, both the sturgeon and the local people struggle to survive.
Nowhere is the Volga River more hallowed than in the city named after it: Volgograd, better known as Stalingrad, site of one of World War II's most important, and bloodiest, battles. Today, Volgograd residents are still adjusting to the post-Soviet changes that have altered Russia.
Far downriver from Moscow's affluence, the struggling Volga River city of Saratov is trying to catch up. For some, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's pervasive and all-powerful party is helping to provide solutions. For many others, it's part of the problem.
The contradictions of today's Russia are evident along the banks of the Volga River. In the post-Soviet world, personal freedoms, unshackled capitalism and the paradox of Vladimir Putin's centralized state controls run on a parallel course.
The 2,300-mile Volga River is Russia's pride and lifeblood. It provides water, power and transport and has played a key role in Russia's history. Now, in post-Soviet times, the river and its communities are under threat from economic woes and environmental concerns.
Iraq has hundreds, maybe thousands, of Saddam Husseins, named for the country's former president during his reign. But nowadays the name is so hated that a group of Saddam Husseins in Diyala Province is petitioning the government to change their names.
The favored candidate in Brazil's presidential runoff Sunday was born in the middle-class mountain city of Belo Horizonte, now the country's third-largest metropolis. Dilma Rousseff and her hometown helped shape Brazil's democratic movement.
Forget Halloween. In Ukraine, the orange vegetable is scary, for real. It is synonymous with rejection, especially in matters of the heart. For centuries, men proposing marriage might have received a pumpkin as a form of "no."
In Germany, a new government-sponsored study finds that the country's foreign ministry staff was much more involved than previously believed in the mass killing of Jews and others during the Holocaust.
Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991, is trying to set itself apart from the violent, war-torn images of Somalia. The territory has set up a bicameral legislature, largely disarmed its people and is attracting increased aid from the United States.
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