World Story of the Day: Episodes

Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf is contemplating a return home from exile and a possible run for the presidency. But the history of his rule haunts him, and any comeback is fraught with uncertainties.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to limit the diplomatic fallout from the disclosure of classified State Department cables. They contain information on the inner workings of the department and some embarrassing assessments of world leaders. Being frank is part of the job when it comes to ...
Presidential elections in Haiti Sunday disintegrated into street protests after 12 of the 18 candidates said the balloting was fraudulent. Before the polls had closed, the candidates said they would not accept the results.
Israelis often explain the policy choices they make by saying they live in a difficult neighborhood, and this is no exception. Fighting oil dependence isn't just good for the Earth -- it could ensure the country's security.
The cholera death toll continues to rise in Haiti. According to official figures from the government, at least 1,648 people have died and there have been more than 72,000 confirmed cholera cases.
A 269-foot yacht commissioned by Saddam Hussein in 1981 for about $25 million has finally made its way home after spending decades on loan. As plans for the boat are still hashed out, Iraq's minister of transportation has been spending some long-awaited time on the former Iraqi dictator's boat.
Two days after an artillery attack on the South Korean island, residents returned to gather their belongings and survey the damage. Most of the village's 1,200 residents seem to have decided en masse to flee.
The people have grown cynical over the years and no longer get their hopes up when government officials and journalists come around to ask about life here.
Nearly 30 years in office, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has become a strong proponent of a market economy. Only vestiges remain of the state socialism that once defined Egypt. But the economy has unusual elements, at least to the Western eye.
Hosni Mubarak is Egypt's longest serving ruler since the mid-19th century. But not all Egyptians are happy that he may run for president again next year. After 29 years under Mubarak, many Egyptians are fed up with enduring poverty and police abuses.
President Obama came back from Portugal talking up his wins at the NATO summit. The president got Russian buy-in on efforts to build a missile-defense system for Europe, and persuaded NATO leaders and Afghanistan's president to agree to his plan to gradually reduce allied forces there over the next four ...
A new book about a cabaret singer with whom Wladyslaw Szpilman worked alleges that the pianist collaborated with the Gestapo to survive. The Szpilman family calls the accusation outrageous, and his son is taking legal action to try to stop the book.
In Indian culture, gold has a traditional worth that far outweighs its intrinsic value. As India's economy surges and more people share the wealth, the country's thirst for gold is rippling through the world market.
The government of Cuban President Raul Castro has issued a rescue plan to pull the country back from the economic abyss. The proposals offer major policy changes that include an expanded private sector and more foreign investment.
For China's younger generation, born under the one-child policy and during the economic boom, the latest trend is "lightning" weddings, which often end in equally fast divorces. Experts fear that the divorce rate will continue to climb.
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.
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