Italy's Andrea Pirlo, Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba, England's David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand are all either out of the World Cup or listed as questionable. Here's a rundown of which other key players may miss the Cup.
India abolished caste divisions decades ago, and now uses quotas to help bottom-caste members get jobs and education. Updating caste data in the 2010 census could help refine the quotas, but critics see it as a regressive step.
Tan Zuoren, who had collected sensitive information about a major 2008 earthquake, lost his appeal against a five-year jail sentence on Wednesday. He and other activists in China have faced tougher controls in recent years.
Joran van der Sloot is scheduled to reenact his murder of a university student today. He confessed on Monday, but the reenactment of the killing could be crucial to the charges he'll face and how much time he'll spend in prison.
In a rare interview conducted by e-mail, Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – head of the weakest of three main insurgent groups and the first to engage in peace talks with Kabul – lays out his plan to stop the fighting.
More than 75 percent of all military supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan pass through a depot in Pakistan's capital. Seven truck drivers and workers were killed.
Game 3 of the Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals continues tonight. While the Celtics have no international players, the Lakers have three, including Spaniard Pau Gasol. Could that be decisive?
Iran is worried that Turkey is stealing the limelight on an issue Tehran has championed since 1979: the Palestinian cause. So its Revolutionary Guard has offered to escort an Iranian Gaza flotilla.
Israel has laid out a meticulous legal justification for its fatal raid on a Turkish-flagged boat, which was sailing in international waters as part of the 'Freedom Flotilla.' But most countries have focused on whether Israel's Gaza blockade is legal.
In the wake of Joran van der Sloot's confession to killing a Peruvian university student, Peru's press is on fire with stories of the 'psychopath' murderer. Many Peruvians are warning women of dangerous foreigners.
Thailand’s government accuses the red-shirt opposition of trying to topple revered King Bhumibol. Critics argue it’s using the monarchy – and strict laws against defaming it – as an excuse to crack down.
Rare new photos have emerged of Kim Jong-il's son, Kim Jong-un.The leader of North Korea may be getting ready to hand over power to his youngest son, who watches NBA basketball and went to school in Switzerland.
Authorities say a Mexico mass grave, in which 55 bodies were found in an abandoned silver mine, is the work of the narcotraffickers involved in the country's brutal drug war.
The Dreamfields project provides soccer equipment and playing fields to poor school children to celebrate the World Cup
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a possible Iran nuclear fuel swap is a one-time opportunity that could be squandered if the UN approves a fourth round of Iran sanctions this week.
An officer in Peru's national police criminal investigation unit has confirmed that Dutchman Joran van der Sloot confessed to the May 30 killing university student Stephany Flores Ramirez.
Activists vowed to appeal a court decision Monday that issued seemingly light sentences over the infamous 1984 Bhopal gas leak, which killed 15,000 people. Opposition politicians threatened to stymie a key nuclear deal with the US.
Japan's new Prime Minister Naoto Kan unveiled a cabinet Tuesday of six new members and 11 from the Hatoyama administration. Polls show 63 percent of Japanese have high hopes for Kan's administration.
Beijing today delivered an unusual criticism to North Korea over the killing of three Chinese citizens. North Korea is heavily dependent on ally China for financial and food aid.