Legislators in Belgium's lower house voted almost unanimously today to ban Muslim women from wearing veils that cover their entire face. Muslims and human rights groups say the veil ban is an attack on religious freedom.
The Shanghai Expo – the largest World's Fair ever – opens this weekend. While many countries will have their pavilions ready, others have struggled because of Chinese insistence on using approved contractors – and the inexperience of outside managers in working with Chinese builders.
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will likely receive a visa to attend next week's Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in New York. But Hillary Clinton says he won't have a 'receptive audience.'
The Greece debt crisis, which is still subject to German parliamentary approval and may be challenged in court, is putting unsustainable stress on the European Central Bank, some analysts say.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu triumphed over challengers in the Likud Party who sought in a ballot today to force internal party elections while he was in a precarious position.
A night raid by US troops, which left an armed Afghan dead, sparked a street protest Thursday. In the Afghanistan war, Gen. Stanley McChrystal has issued orders to limit night raids in an attempt to reduce civilian deaths in the pursuit of Taliban fighters.
Chinese authorities have seized on the Shanghai Expo 2010 – the largest in history – as another chance to enhance 'soft power' that is generated by the spread of cultures, values, diplomacy, and trade. The expo opens this weekend.
Across the political, geographic, and ideological spectrum, Mexicans say they are against the new Arizona immigration law. Some will boycott Arizona. But others worry about loss of income from Mexicans sending home money from jobs in the US.
China calls the Shanghai World Expo its 'Economic Olympics.' It is expected to attract 70 million visitors and cost $55 million. And yes, China has the biggest pavilion.
A court convicted 26 members of a Hezbollah spy cell guilty of plotting terror attacks in Egypt. Analysts say the Lebanese militant group crossed a political red line by using Egypt as a base to send weapons to Gaza.
As the Iraq election process is drawn out by a recount, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces a fresh challenge over allegations of torture on his watch. He dismissed an HRW report, saying detainees bruised themselves to fake torture evidence.
Pakistan renamed the North West Frontier Province to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a nod to Pashtuns, but the minority Hazars launched deadly protests. The Taliban has sought to supplant ethnic identity with pan-Islamist philosophy.
South Koreans ended five days of mourning with a funeral for the 46 sailors killed in the still-unexplained Cheonan sinking last month. Many Koreans are struggling with how to respond if North Korea is found to have played a role in the attack on the naval vessel.
The final UK election debate Thursday night is supposed to focus on the economy, a strong issue for the Labour Party. But Prime Minister Gordon Brown's outburst after meeting a working-class supporter may give further boost to Conservative David Cameron and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg.
The prime ministers of India, Pakistan met at the annual meeting of SAARC, a notoriously ineffective regional bloc. But it offered a rare opportunity to highlight the shared ancestry of eight South Asia nations that make up one-fifth of humanity.
Thailand’s red shirt protesters on Thursday asked the European Union to send monitors to prevent a violent crackdown, one day after they clashed again with soldiers. Nobel peace laureate and East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta, whose country sought foreign aid against political violence, offers advice on outside mediators.
While presumed killed in a drone strike in January, Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud is in fact alive, according to a senior intelligence official in Islamabad. It may set back the US drone program.
Chinese fans blamed China's sports system for the ruling that stripped gymnast Dong Fangxiao of her Olympic bronze medal because she was only 14 when she competed. The women’s team bronze will now go to the US gymnastics team.
As Mexico condemns the tough new Arizona immigration law, Amnesty International published a new report Wednesday that details abuse suffered by Central American migrants in Mexico - often at the hands of officials.
Palestinian passive resistance protests are gaining favor with some West Bank politicians and the public. But unlike Gandhi's followers, militancy and stone throwing remain deeply ingrained.