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An unusual private school in central Seoul is trying to teach young North Korean defectors how to survive in the South. The problems suffered by its students adjusting to life in a democratic state offer a window into life in the totalitarian North.
Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, is a front line in the global war against radical Islam. A group known as al-Shabab that claims links to al-Qaida wants to create a strict Muslim state. About 7,000 African Union peacekeeping troops are trying to stop them.
Egyptians say that two colonial-era agreements forever guarantee them most of the Nile's flow. But other countries in the Nile River basin want more access to the water.
The Irish are seething after discovering the enormous cost of bailing out their reckless banks. The cost of the bank bailout, totaling nearly $70 billion, is just a further burden for the people of Ireland, where 1 in 6 is jobless, and those still working are being hit with extra taxes amid a shrinking economy.
Brazilians may not know her well, but they are likely to choose Dilma Rousseff as the country's next president in Sunday's election. The wildly popular current president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, handpicked her and she promises to continue his economic policies.
The South American giant wants to be a world player, and its economy is growing fast -- and so is its stake abroad, in places as different from each other as Texas, Angola and all over Latin America.
North Korea has put the third son of Kim Jong Il on a path to be the nation's next leader. Little is known about the son, Kim Jong Un. But it's safe to say he is young, inexperienced and likely to face some very difficult challenges once he takes over from his father.
The Obama administration is trying to keep the Mideast peace talks alive. The Palestinians have threatened to break off negotiations, if Israel resumes settlement construction. A 10-month settlement construction slowdown in the West Bank has expired.
Egypt uses more Nile River water than any other country, citing colonial-era agreements as proof of entitlement. But upstream, Ethiopia has begun asserting its rights and has visions of harnessing the river to produce more electricity and irrigation.
The Colombian politician was on her way to a remote village when she was abducted by members of the FARC in 2002. At first she thought she'd be held for only a few weeks -- but then six years passed. She says she didn't want to make it easy on her captors despite being tortured, underfed and forced to ...
For decades the Soviet Union recruited African students to study at its universities. But there are very few blacks in Russia today, and racism is prevalent. Jean Gregoire Sagbo, the country's first black elected official, says his responsibility is not to fail: "I want them to see that it doesn't matter ...
The U.S. surge strategy in Afghanistan is under new scrutiny as 2010 recently became the deadliest year for U.S. and coalition troops there. Intended as a bold new push, Obama's plan has faced major setbacks, fueling debate over whether the effort is worth it.
A quiet and reclusive elderly lady died in the British coastal town of Torquay the other day. She had no known relatives and no friends, so local authorities entered her home. They found papers and medals that revealed that she was far from the typical pensioner. Eileen Nearne -- aka Agent Rose, one ...
One Palestinian entrepreneur has traded throwing stones for building schools. Politics have no place in the classrooms at the experimental kindergarten for Palestinian children founded by Mahmoud Jamal, who spent two years in jail during the first Palestinian uprising against Israel.
After much toil and hardship, 19th century explorers solved the mystery of where the Nile begins. But who has rights to the water remains a hot debate among countries in the mighty river's basin.
This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of little-known World War II milestone. In September 1940, almost nobody knew about the horrors happening inside Auschwitz. A Polish army captain named Witold Pilecki got inside the camp and told the world. His reward? Anonymity and eventual execution.
Pope Benedict XVI gives the keynote address of his state visit to Britain on Friday, after meeting the head of the world's Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in London. Relations between their two churches are said to have been strained ever since the Vatican unveiled plans to make it easier ...
Pope Benedict's visit to the United Kingdom comes in the middle of one of the most serious crises in the Vatican's history. It is dealing with a sex abuse scandal.
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.
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