The women reservation bill passed Tuesday night in India's upper house of parliament, setting the stage for women to hold one-third of all legislative seats.
Japan's Hatoyama, the new prime minister, is carrying out a campaign promise to push aside bureaucrats and shift more power to the politicians. The effort is playing to favorable reviews – though budging an entrenched bureaucracy will take time.
The recent New York Times bestseller Start-Up Nation drew much attention to Israel as a global innovation center. Israel has more Nasdaq-listed companies than all Europe, but is this success sustainable? Venture capital funding fell sharply in 2009.
A new book tells of Col. Kim Jong-ryul, who went on shopping sprees for North Korea dictators Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il before hiding in Europe for 16 years. His tell-all could threaten his life, he says.
New computerized electronic voting machines are meant to prevent fraud in Philippines election in May. But in tests, the voting machines rejected ballots and failed to connect to the cell phone networks to transmit results.
Four out of 5 people worldwide say Internet access is a human right, according to a recent BBC poll. Even more than Americans, Chinese believe that to be true.
Tehran urged China not to bend to US pressure for new Iran sanctions, which Vice President Joe Biden strongly supported in meetings with top Israel leaders today.
Interpol joined an international task force investigating the Dubai assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. The international policing organization also said it was convinced of the broad, international scope of the crime.
Indonesian police said they may have killed Dulmatin, the last major suspect still at large from the Bali bombing. If true, it would be a major blow to terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah.
Sunday's Iraq election saw good turnout despite scattered violence. But with no party powerful enough to rule alone, the tough task of coalition building begins for the nascent democracy.
Somalia terror suspect Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed learned how to make bombs in Somalia from the Islamist militant group Al Shabab, say US prosecutors. He has been brought to New York to face charges.
Kansas City's 'mother of the streets' rises at 4:30 each morning, packs 400 decorated bags, and then seeks out the homeless.
The Methboub family, which the Monitor has followed since 2002, work to free a son from jail and anguish over a daughter’s soured marriage. They had little hope Sunday's election in Iraq would change their lives significantly.
A Switzerland referendum that sought to create a national cadre of public advocates for the enforcement of animal rights laws was soundly rejected by Swiss voters over the weekend.
Norman Hose is recycling Germany's shoe-box shaped apartment complexes leftover from communism into modern, stylish homes, while also saving energy and money.
In South Africa, lions at SanWild Wildlife Rehabilitation Center may be have to be put to sleep if their food runs out. A drop in donations since the global financial crisis has gutted funds for the lions' food.
Gender selection via abortion appears to be on the rise in India – and more common among the wealthy. India's upper classes tend to have fewer children and more access to ultrasounds that reveal their babies’ sex. The gender imbalance means fewer women available to be wives.
US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Israel on Monday after Israelis and Palestinians agreed to restart peace talks. But the issue of Israel settlements came to the fore again, with 112 new housing units announced for the West Bank.
When it comes to taking on Somali pirates, France is emerging as the most effective naval force. French officials announced Sunday that the French frigate Nivose had captured 35 suspected Somali pirates and four mother ships since Friday.
Iraq election turnout fell relative to Iraq's last parliamentary elections in 2005. The first indication of results is expected Wednesday, but it will likely take months to build a coalition government.