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Elections, ethnic tensions, and aid: Mali faces its future after the headlines

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 11:44

The world watched French troops summarily turn back rebel fighters in northern Mali, but the future remains grim for millions of Malians affected by the fighting, writes Alex Thurston.

New mission for Knights of Malta: rescue Europe's poor

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 11:44

The chivalric order of the Knights of Malta, which has an annual budget of $800 million, announced the switch of emphasis from Asia and Africa to Europe this week.

Police Seize $54m in Italy bank probe

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 11:44

Italian news agencies say Siena prosecutors ordered the seizures Wednesday.

Russian bill looks to hide gay identity, affirm democracy of the majority

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 11:44

The country faces two competing visions of democracy, one that emphasizes majority rule versus another that stresses minority protections.

Japan says Russian jets intruded in its airspace

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 11:44

Tokyo's claim coincides with Japan's annual 'Northern Territories Day,' during which rallies are held to urge Russia to return several islands the Soviet Union seized during World War II.

Iran's supreme leader shuts down possibility of direct nuclear talks with US (+video)

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 10:44

'Negotiations will not solve the problems' between Iran and the US, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today, squashing one-on-one nuclear talks proposed by the US.

Argentina fights inflation by freezing prices. Will it work?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 10:44

Argentina has made an agreement with major supermarkets and appliance stores to freeze prices until April. Price freezes are the sledgehammer of economic policy tools, says a guest blogger.

Tunisians mourn slain opposition leader amid concerns of rising turmoil

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 08:44

Tens of thousands turned out for the burial today of Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid. His assassination Wednesday prompted angry street protests across the country.

Iran airs footage allegedly from captured US drone (+video)

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 07:44

The video, shown on Iranian TV, purports to show intelligence gathered by the drone before it was brought down by Iran in Dec. 2011.

Japan scrambles jets, claiming Russian air space invasion

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 06:44

Japan said two Russian fighter jets briefly entered Japan's air space near disputed islands, prompting Japan to scramble combat fighter jets in response. Russia denied the charge

Can biogas spark a revolution on India's farms?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 06:44

One farmer in India shows how turning the gases emitted by cow dung can become a clean, renewable fuel that saves him money, increases his productivity, and boosts his profits.

EU pressured to blacklist Hezbollah in wake of Bulgaria bus attack report

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 06:44

While Bulgaria has fingered Hezbollah in a deadly 2012 attack on Israeli tourists, some EU members remain reluctant to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization. 

Tunisia 'at a crossroads'

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 05:44

Prominent Tunisian opposition leader, Chokri Belaid, was assassinated on Wednesday, driving many to the streets. Officials fear the assassination may destabilize Tunisia's recent progress toward democracy. 

Solomons tsunami destroys villages

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 05:44

People are staying on higher ground as they wait for aftershocks to subside following an earthquake and tsunami in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday. Officials estimate 100 homes were damaged and six people were killed.

Will North Korea time its third nuclear test to coincide with Kim Jong-il's birthday?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 05:44

Dates and numbers have great symbolic importance to North Korea, so Pyongyang often schedules what Washington calls 'provocative acts' around holidays and important political events.

In Ontario, abuse of 'hillbilly heroin' being replaced by real thing

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 19:44

Heroin use is booming in the Canadian province, almost a year after the regional government tightened access to OxyContin, sometimes called 'hillbilly heroin,' to stem abuse.

Tunisia's double blow: political assassination, government dissolution

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:44

Still unstable two years after its revolution, Tunisia now must contend with the aftermath of a political leader's murder – including the formation of a new government.

So, this is the office that will investigate Afghanistan's Kam Air?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 12:44

Key questions about the credibility of the Afghan attorney general's office as it prepares to investigate accusations that Kam Air is involved in drug-smuggling.  

Iran's supreme leader shuts down possibility of direct nuclear talks with US

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 11:44

'Negotiations will not solve the problems' between Iran and the US, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today, squashing one-on-one nuclear talks proposed by the US.

Budget showdown? Forget DC, Brussels girds for bruising battle

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 10:44

Europe's heads of state are set to meet in Brussels during the next two days to determine a new EU budget, with richer nations pushing for budget cuts that poorer countries oppose.

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