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The British intervened three times in Afghanistan in the 80 years up to 1919. It was the western frontier of their empire, the gateway to their most precious possession, India. They wanted to keep the Russians out. The new exhibition at the National Army Museum in London has relevance today.
At least 11 Chinese Christians planning to attend a global evangelical gathering in South Africa have been barred from leaving the country, and many others have come under pressure. Many fear Beijing is cracking down on Christians who worship outside the official church.
Nine months have passed since a devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless in Haiti. The island has made some progress, but much remains to be done. By some estimates, the cleanup process alone could take years.
It's long been known that life is unimaginably tough in North Korea. NPR's Louisa Lim recently had a unique glimpse into that life, when she was able to walk the streets unmonitored, eat in local restaurants and interact with ordinary people.
In Serbia, police clashed with extremists during a gay rights march in Belgrade. Right-wing groups pose a challenge for the pro-democracy government as it pushes for entry into the European Union.
The reclusive country introduced its heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, to its people in a massive military parade Sunday.  The celebration was televised live -- for the first time ever -- underlining the importance of the coming-out party.
The government cracked down on public begging after a report found thousands of children forced to beg, many by their religious teachers. But with little formal employment and a virtually nonexistent welfare state, many in the impoverished West African country have little choice but to defy the ban.
Cuba has undergone a spiritual revival since the communist government eased religious persecutions in the 1980s. Despite Cuba's deep Catholic traditions, the fastest-growing practice may be one that arrived decades ago with American missionaries: evangelical Christianity.
In Haiti, 19 candidates are vying in the upcoming election to lead the earthquake-ravaged nation. And with Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean out of the race there's no clear front-runner. It's expected to be a contentious battle for one of the toughest political jobs in the world. But beleaguered ...
Eastleigh, an area in Nairobi, Kenya, is home to tens of thousands of refugees from neighboring Somalia. Known as "Little Mogadishu," Eastleigh is becoming a new recruiting ground for al-Shabab, the militant group that aims to create a strict Islamist state in Somalia.
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 ...
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