Cuba said last month it would release 2,900 prisoners ahead of the pope's visit this spring, but US prisoner Alan Gross is not to be one of them.
Violence against women has surged in Central America, prompting awareness efforts like the one in Guatemala this weekend.
In an election year Joan of Arc represents 600-year-old values that fit political messages on both sides of the aisle.
Roe v. Wade, the landmark legislation legalizing abortion in the United States, marks its 39th year this week. As Americans debate abortion rights in the midst of an election year, a new study indicates abortion rates are steadying worldwide, though the frequency of dangerous abortions is rising. Here are the answers to five questions related to abortion laws globally, and their effects on women.
Russia has remained a staunch supporter of Syria's President Assad, blocking UN efforts to impose an international arms embargo.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh's departure from Yemen probably marks the end of his 33 years in power, but questions are being raised about Washington's decision to take in the strongman.
State-run TV marked Chinese New Year with a video of US billionaire Warren Buffett singing and playing a ukulele.
The Jaipur Literary Festival has become Asia's biggest literary festival, and the fact that some of the biggest names in the book world attend highlights India's growing appetite for good reads.