Zhou Youguang, who in 1958 invented pinyin, the romanized spelling system that linked ancient Chinese writing to the modern age, died Saturday in Beijing. The system forever changed how the world learns and types Chinese.
The wily politician and businessman played a part in every major event in Iranian affairs since before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, including the recent Iran nuclear deal, and became a key figure in moderate Iranian politics.
Palestinian street assaults have killed at least 37 Israelis over the past 15 months. At least 231 Palestinians have been killed in violence in Israel over that period, and Israel says at least 157 of them were assailants in lone wolf attacks.
A group of right-wing protesters stormed Brazil's Congress yesterday, calling for a return to military dictatorship. Support for democracy is on the decline, but authoritarianism may not address many of protesters' issues.
Officials report uncertainty over when or where a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will take place, mirroring similar confusion over Trump's future administration and his contact with foreign leaders.
America's long democratic tradition keeps presidents from seizing undue power. But the campaign of president-elect Trump contained striking echoes of the mass appeals of several Latin American populist leaders.
Sharbat Gula first became famous in 1985, when National Geographic used her image as a symbol of strife in Afghanistan. Now, Ms. Gula is on her way home to Afghanistan, still a symbol of refugees around the world.
The involvement of the Shiite militias has raised concerns of sectarian tensions in Mosul, a Sunni-majority city, and amongst ethnic Turkmens. Militia commanders have said their forces will not enter Mosul.
The agreement is seen as a springboard to the larger TTIP deal between the EU and the United States, but strong opposition in Europe and a lengthy implementation process means neither agreement is guaranteed.