By announcing his candidacy via Facebook on Wednesday, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is sending a message to Nigerian media that he doesn't need them to get his message out.
President Obama is set to meet leaders of North and South Sudan next week to help prevent the decades-long civil war from restarting. But political dogma on both sides is corroding what little trust had been earned.
Newt Gingrich has joined conservative columnist Dinesh D'Souza in criticizing President Obama as having adopted his Kenyan father's 'anticolonialist' ideas. When did being 'anticolonial' become a bad thing in the US?
After recent meetings with China, North Korea seems to have its own version of trickle-down economics and emerging markets.
Pakistani military operations in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan have steered clear of North Waziristan, allowing the area to become a haven for militants. Tribal and local intelligence sources say some 15,000 militants shelter in this semiautonomous tribal belt. “It’s a cobweb,” says former Pakistani diplomat Ayaz Wazir. New alliances between militant commanders in Waziristan have turned this area into a dangerous labyrinth, from which fighters can launch suicide attacks in Pakistan or missions against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. “It's an international war which has engulfed us,” says Malik Khan Marjan Wazir, an influential tribal elder in North Waziristan. “The volcano is in Afghanistan but it erupts in our tribal areas.” For Marjan Wazir, peace won't be found through military operations or drone attacks, but in negotiations at what he calls “real” jirgas (tribal assemblies). “My elders would always tell me a story that if a woolen blanket gets leeches, you don’t put to fire the whole blanket. You pluck them out with care.” Based on interviews with local tribesmen and intelligence sources, here’s a list of the five biggest players in the region:
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Britain today for the first papal trip there since 1982. The visit is clouded by recent sex-abuse scandals and is being met with a distinct lack of reverence.
Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler who left the country amid unrest and legal trouble in 2008, said this week he intends to return home to lead a new political party.
Indian military leaders on Wednesday drew up a new security strategy to quell Kashmir violence, while politicians agreed to send a fact-finding delegation to the region.
Even as Beijing raises pressure on Japan to release a detained fishing boat captain, it appears reluctant to exploit this weekend's anniversary of Japan's invasion of Manchuria in 1931 for political purposes.
US drones have stepped up bombing raids to combat new alliances cropping up between disparate militants coming to Pakistan's North Waziristan region.
Israeli officials said white phosphorus – an incendiary banned for offensive use under international law – was in two of nine mortar shells fired from Gaza into southern Israel. Israel itself has been accused of using the weapon in Gaza.
Mexican Independence Day marks the 200th anniversary of freedom from Spanish rule. This year, five Latin American countries mark their bicentennials by taking stock of progress and challenges ahead.
Parliamentary candidates in the Afghanistan election to be held Saturday say the only way to campaign safely is by telephone.
Jerusalem is considered by many to be the trickiest issue to resolve in a two-state solution to Middle East peace. Israelis see the city as their “undivided and eternal capital” but Palestinians also seek to put their future capital in East Jerusalem, which is predominantly Arab. SPECIAL REPORT: How the battle for Jerusalem plays out in one neighborhood Amid changing demographics and plans for new Jewish development in East Jerusalem, the city has become an intensifying battleground for sovereignty. Here are five reasons why (in no particular order):
American hiker Sarah Shourd has been reunited with her family, but questions remain over the two Americans still in Iranian custody.
France may face fines or disciplinary action from the European Union for its Roma roundups. EU officials likened the policy to Nazi-era tactics.
The Israeli-Palestinian battle for Jerusalem is playing out in Silwan between Arab residents, religious Jews, and a municipality looking to revitalize its storied global brand.
Economic success has kept China calm and public opinion high. But trust in government is eroding just as demands on Beijing for more political rights are likely to rise.
Plastic surgery is booming in Lebanon, where some tourism companies are arranging 'cosmetic surgery tours' to accommodate demand from inside and from outside the country.
Mugabe rejected accusations that he is in poor health in an interview last week, but a lack of public appearances fueled further speculation that he is ill and may not be in power much longer.