The concept of emergency rule has been at the forefront of much of the Mideast unrest. Some countries have been in a “state of emergency” for decades, long after their citizens felt any threat still existed. Others have only recently implemented the emergency laws, in an effort to quell uprisings turned too large and violent for the governments to rein in. Although meant to help a country in times of danger, emergency law has sometimes been turned into a political tool.
As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin position themselves for next year's election, Russians are seeing hints of future reform. Is it genuine, or political posturing?
Successive, yet unsuccessful assassination attempts on Maulana Fazl ur Rehman of the group Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl show Islamic militants' growing disdain for even sympathetic political leaders.
A top Argentine university awarded a press prize to Hugo Chávez, who has pumped millions of dollars into community radio and TV stations. He has closed another 40.
In addition, Libya's Qaddafi has been dealt severe blows. Assad tries to placate Syrians by offering a decision on the emergency law – in about a month.
A prominent Islamist politician and fierce critic of US presence in his country survived the attack unscathed. He blamed it on the CIA and local government, despite contradictory evidence.
Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, who as former intelligence chief is intimately familiar with Qaddafi's most notorious operations, defected from the Libyan regime yesterday.
Baltic Sea letter in a bottle: A 13-year-old boy found a 24-year-old letter in a bottle on a beach by the Baltic Sea and traced the letter back to it's surprised author.
Silvio Berlusconi promised to evacuate North African migrants that overwhelmed a small Italian island near Tunisia and Libya. 18,000 African migrants began living in tent communities on the island after political turmoil in Tunisia and other northern African countries erupted earlier this year.
Jimmy Carter is the only US president, current or former, to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. His second visit to the island came this week after an official invitation from Raúl Castro.
India bested Pakistan in a World Cup cricket semifinal Wednesday. The Indians will meet Sri Lanka in the final this weekend.
Anwar al-Awlaki trumpeted his 'glee' about recent Arab revolutions in the latest issue of Inspire, the English-language magazine put out by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
During his three-day trip to Cuba, former President Jimmy Carter also met with detained American Alan Gross, who was sentenced this month to 15 years prison for espionage.
While most experts say Qaddafi is grossly exaggerating the influence of Al Qaeda, new questions are being raised about its true scope as Washington debates arming the opposition.
A new report from the left-leaning Norwegian People's Aid group highlights concerns in South Sudan as foreign investors buy up fertile farmland and potentially lucrative territory.
Reports from Libya are a constant flurry of cities gained and lost by Muammar Qaddafi's forces and rebel troops, and it's hard to keep track if you don't know where these cities are or why they matter. Here's an quick explanation, with cities listed west to east.
If international powers narrow their interpretation of the UN mandate in Libya, rebels would have a much harder time making headway against Muammar Qaddafi's forces.
The lesson of the past week is that Libya's rebels don’t need arms as much as training in how to use them. They also need a communications network and a command structure.
In a long-awaited speech to the nation following multiple deadly protests this past week, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad failed to announce concrete changes or meet any of the protesters' expectations.