Accused Russian arms trader Viktor Bout is to appear in court in New York on Wednesday. The previous day, he was extradited from Thailand, where he was arrested in 2008 and from where he fought an unsuccessful two-year legal battle against being turned over to US custody. He has always denied supplying weapons to armed groups and governments. For many years, he ran a legitimate air-cargo business that was accused by the United Nations of flouting sanctions in Africa and the Middle East. In recent years, he has lived in Moscow and rarely traveled outside Russia. He has been indicted for conspiring to sell weapons to a terrorist organization and of conspiring to kill US nationals. He has denied the charges.
Restoring democracy in Madagascar means parsing the motives of former presidents back from exile for upcoming elections – and learning how to build a stable government.
Rebel military officers attempted another coup today but voters appeared largely undeterred.
With more than 1,000 deaths from cholera, Haitians are directing anger at UN peacekeeping forces whom many suspect of having introduced the disease. The protests are undermining treatment efforts.
The role of profit-driven companies in India's microfinance industry is raising concerns about its social mission.
In the largest nuclear transfer operation ever mounted, US and Kazakh officials moved 11 tons of highly enriched uranium and 3 tons of plutonium some 1,890 miles by rail and road across the Central Asian country.
China's recent aggressive behavior over disputed islands spurred Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan to turn his back on earlier efforts to rebalance ties with China and the United States.
EU ministers continue to worry that Ireland's debt crisis will drag down financial markets. Ireland says its debts are covered until mid-2011.
The Global Language Monitor, a language analytics company based in Texas, tracks language trends around the world. One of its projects is an annual list of the year's most buzzed-about words, phrases, and people, which provides a good snapshot of what the world was thinking about in 2010. Click through below for the five most popular words and phrases of 2010.
US law enforcement has arrested several people suspected of helping Al Shabab, a Somalia terrorist group. Do those helping the group see Al Shabab's actions as terrorism, or as part of a nationalist struggle?
A Syrian law awaiting parliamentary approval is one of a raft of measures across the region to clamp down on a surge in Internet activity over the past decade.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose tenure has been beset by scandal, saw his government move closer to collapse Monday after four cabinet members quit.
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar denied reports of peace talks with the Afghanistan government, but military officials also saw signs of financial woes in his call for funding from the worldwide Muslim community.
After years of speculation about when they would wed, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement on Tuesday. The announcement seems to have thrilled Britons, both the public and the press. The wedding and the buzz leading up to it are likely to provide a bit of cheer for a nation – though some people are sure to grouse about the cost of what is sure to be a lavish affair at a time of sobering austerity cuts. Below are some of the royal wedding and marriage traditions that we will surely hear more about in coming months.
Hours before the Guinea election commission announced Alpha Conde as the nation's first democratically elected president in a half-century, rival candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo proclaimed himself winner.
Building disasters in Shanghai and Delhi have killed more than 100 people this week, highlighting unregulated growth in Asia’s economic powerhouses.
India's telecommunications minister resigned Sunday amid a major corruption scandal. His is one of a string of resignations as India's anticorruption drive gets under way.
Viktor Bout, a former Russian Air Force officer accused of being one of the world's biggest illicit arms traffickers, was handed over to the US by Thai officials.