When Swiss engineers completed drilling the Gotthard Base Tunnel Friday, they were lauded for finishing the world’s longest tunnel – but actually it's only the world's longest rail tunnel. Read on to find out what underground structures take the honors for being the longest.
Journalists tend to roll their eyes when a Hollywood star arrives in a refugee camp, calling for action. But when celebrities bring global attention to a distant and confusing conflict, and when they call for sensible diplomatic action, their star power may actually do some good.
Israeli settlement monitors estimate that construction has begun on 500 new units – nearly one-quarter of the number for all of 2008 – as settlers try to make up for lost time.
Norway faces a diplomatic backlash from China after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed democracy activist Liu Xiaobo. The greater fallout may be within China itself.
A two-day plenum of the Communist Party opened amid calls for relaxing China's repressive one-party rule. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has called for political change in recent months.
The 35.4-mile Swiss tunnel, designed to shift transport of goods from environmentally damaging trucks to trains, trumps Japan's Seikan Tunnel – previously the world's longest.
Pakistani police arrested seven men in a suspected plot to kill the prime minister and other senior officials, as Pakistan rethinks its historic policy of sheltering militants.
The People's Daily, a mouthpiece for the Communist Party of China, criticized the Apple iPad for making it too difficult to install pirate software or illegally download movies.
Two aid workers for British charity Save the Children were kidnapped Thursday night in Somalia, where kidnapping has become an industry and most aid groups have fled.
A British judge is refusing to dismiss a Harry Potter plagiarism law suit against the famed author. J.K. Rowling is being accused of copying substantial parts of 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from an obscure 1987 fantasy book.
Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad verbally attacked Israel from the Lebanese border town of Bint Jbeil, Thursday. Hezbollah celebrated Ahmadinejad's visit while Israel showed confidence in their strength.
After a violent week of killings in Mexico, Tiffany Hartley, the wife of a slain American, refuses to travel across the border to file a complaint. However, Americans continue to disregard travel warnings.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today visited two south Lebanon towns that previously saw clashes between the Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah and Israel.
Mining and engineering experts were welcomed from around the world to assist in the Chile mine rescue.
Flow of US aid and presence of its troops serve Pakistan's long-range aim of thwarting its archenemy, India.
Despite the Afghan government’s declaration that the Taliban is ready for official peace talks, Taliban statements have indicated otherwise, underscoring the difficulty of dealing with a multifaceted insurgency.
White South Africans are increasingly living below the poverty line as the country's job market adjusts to a post-apartheid era, which lacks the government support for whites that it once had.
LRA leader Joseph Kony should be arrested, but its not as easy as sending in US troops, which are not likely to be welcomed by locals, writes guest blogger Laura Seay.