World Story of the Day: Episodes

Protests in the capital by students and many from the country's middle classes played a key role in toppling the president, but it all began in the hinterlands. Many there hope the uprising brings about long-asked-for economic development.
A battle has been joined by those who want a tolerant Islamic state against those who want a fundamentalist religious regime. The killing earlier this month of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer has cheered the religious right while chilling secular Pakistanis and exposing deep fissures in the society.
More than 300,000 children are believed to live on the streets of New Delhi. A walking tour of the area around the railway station introduces tourists to the plight of such children and the efforts of a local nonprofit to help them and, if possible, to reunite them with their families.
Rome may have fallen hundreds of years ago, but much of the civilization the Romans built still dots the landscape today. One team of scientists recently unearthed a different kind of Roman artifact that may hold a surprising clue to the empire's downfall.
During Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's 23-year rule, the press in Tunisia was censored. That changed literally overnight last Friday when he and his wife fled the country. Now, books that were once banned are appearing in bookstores, Tunisians don't have to turn to foreign channels for news, and a scathing ...
The government of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has talked about creating an Islamic state governed by Shariah law — if the ongoing referendum splits Sudan in two. This has many among the millions of Christians living in north Sudan fearing for their future.
A heated debate is under way in Israel over issues of racism, freedom of expression and dissent. Analysts warn of a serious conflict brewing between Israelis on the left and the right, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing criticism from all sides because of it.
Tunisians say they want a complete break with their autocratic former ruler. They say the president, his wife and her family abused power and enriched themselves at the expense of the Tunisian people, who are now trashing the family's villas.
Officials in Tunisia scrambled to form an interim government Monday as street protests erupted once again. Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi said a new government of national unity will include opposition parties. But protesters continued to demand that the ruling party resign following the exit of its ...
Interim leaders are holding talks in Tunisia to try to form a unity government after a month of protests that led to the president fleeing. Young, educated bloggers, Tweeters and Facebook users are being credited with bringing down the regime.
Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington, D.C., this week comes at a critical moment in U.S.-China relations. Economically bruised, America may have to share the superpower spotlight with the competition.
Quinoa, once a staple of the Incas, is now increasingly popular in the United States. But over the past decade, the price has increased sevenfold, and its popularity abroad is pushing up prices and gradually making it harder for Bolivians to buy.
Numerous memorial services and Masses are taking place across Port-au-Prince Wednesday. But for many people, this anniversary is as much about this moment as it is about what happened a year ago.
Housing remains one of the biggest challenges facing Haiti after an earthquake destroyed much of the capital last year. But recently, thousands of people who've grown tired of living in temporary camps have started building houses in scrubby, vacant hills north of the capital.
During Sudan's civil war, Valentino Achak Deng fled to Ethiopia on foot, one of the so-called Lost Boys. Deng's life became a best-selling novel in the U.S., and he returned to his homeland to build a school. As Southern Sudan votes on independence, he says he harbors optimism about the future.
Many northern Sudanese are watching nervously as their southern compatriots vote today on whether to secede. They, too, expect the referendum will split Africa's largest country into two. But few people in northern Sudan are happy about the prospect.
Haitians are struggling with the slow pace of recovery. Officials and aid workers say part of the problem is coordination and understanding need.
As foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman is supposed to represent government policy, but instead he has directly contradicted it. Lieberman is seen as using his position to push forward his party's agenda -- often putting him in conflict with the prime minister.
Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of a radical anti-American Shiite sect in Iraq, has returned home after nearly four years in exile. Sadr loyalists clashed repeatedly with U.S. forces and were thought to be behind much of the sectarian violence. Now, Sadr says his role in Iraq is political, not violent.
The effects of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti last year are everywhere. Rubble still covers much of the capital. More than 1 million people remain in improvised huts in makeshift encampments. Some progress is being made, but it's coming slowly.
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