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Facebook and Twitter link young Syrians to the wider world. Even the autocratic regime has been forced to accommodate the aspirations of younger generations. People are better informed, but not empowered.
In Iraq, the Sunni Awakening, a group of former insurgents who switched sides to fight with the U.S. and against al-Qaida, were crucial to U.S. success. But the formula might not be holding: U.S. troops are leaving Iraq, and the Awakening movement is in trouble.
Drug violence is spiraling in Mexico, which is celebrating its bicentennial this week. A group of business leaders and media companies has launched a new program to try to lift the nation’s spirits and highlight Mexicans who are doing good works.
For the past week, the world has been waiting for news about who will be North Korea's next leader. But in a time when nearly everyone learns everything at the same moment, North Korea has somehow managed to keep its secrets from thousands of prying eyes.
Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal was one of Mexico's most wanted men until his recent arrest. The U.S. citizen is one of the highest-ranking drug cartel suspects captured alive in Mexico's increasingly violent drug war -- and so far, he has been a fountain of information.
For more than month, the West Bank city of Hebron has been running dry -- roughly 70 percent of its residents have received no water for five weeks. Some say it is because Israel controls the water resources, but others blame it on unscrupulous Palestinian businessmen.
Army Chief Warrant Officer Stephanie Rose was among the first women to fly the Apache attack helicopter. She is currently serving her third combat tour, this one in northern Afghanistan. She loves her job but has overcome professional and personal challenges along the way.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's visit to Italy last week has stirred controversy. His remarks on Islam angered church officials, while Italian politicians worry about Libya's growing clout in the Italian economy, as well as its human-rights violations.
Pakistan is considering a one-time tax to cope with the crisis caused by its ruinous floods. Relief, meanwhile, has poured into far flung areas that are slowly regaining access after being cut off for weeks. U.S. Marines are delivering emergency aid in inaccessible areas of Pakistan's Swat Valley.
For the fourth time in less than four weeks, Israeli forces demolished the unrecognized Bedouin village of Kafr al Arakib this week. A mix of international and Israeli volunteers return each week to help rebuild, even though Israel insists that the village was built illegally and therefore must be razed.
A $62-billion water diversion project 60 years in the making will channel water from the south of the country to the drought-prone North. The project will dislocate 330,000 people, who must leave their homes forever.
Barges plying the Congo River carry the lion's share of goods to the giant county's remote interior. Life aboard is a colorful, cacophonous menagerie of humans and animals. Some of the monkeys and goats are pets; some are dinner.
Israel's recent military operation in the Gaza Strip and subsequent blockade were meant to weaken the militant group Hamas. But Hamas' rule over the coastal enclave seems stronger than ever, even as it confronts a host of new challenges, including criticism that the group is not Islamist enough.
The nearly 3,000-mile Congo River is the backbone of one of Africa's poorest and most conflict-ridden countries. A trip down the riverine highway reveals the often harsh and always colorful realities of life, past and present, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The 72 migrants found gunned down in Mexico this week were from Central and South America. The massacre has terrified migrants, who know it's not uncommon to be seized and held for ransom while transiting Mexico.
Rescue workers in Chile communicate with the 33 trapped miners via a narrow passageway carved through nearly half a mile of rock and soil. Relief supplies are sent down in narrow, 5-foot-long parcels nicknamed "doves." The doves also carry handwritten letters between the miners and their loved ones, ...
British Prime Minister David Cameron is currently vacationing with his family in the seaside county of Cornwall in southwest England. The prime minister recently urged fellow U.K. citizens to take their summer holiday at home and re-discover the country's seacoast resorts. And more of them are: British ...
Young Egyptians are using social media to fight police brutality and urge a more open government. With thousands of bloggers online, Egypt's social media movement is the oldest and largest in the Arab world. But is it having an effect?
Andrew Loog Oldham was the first manager of The Rolling Stones. He created the band's bad-boy image, produced some of its first big hits and started Britain's first independent record label. Now, Oldham has emerged a world away in South America, where he's found a new life managing rock 'n' rollers en Espanol.
In January, American Aijalon Gomes walked into North Korea from China. Several months later, a court there sentenced him to eight years in a labor camp. He later tried to commit suicide. One colleague speculates that Gomes went to North Korea to find a purpose for his life.
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