On Tuesday, the United States marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic US Supreme Court decision that granted women the right to an abortion. Here is a look at the state of abortion rights in America today.
After billions of dollars in aid spent to help Haiti 'build back better' from its devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, hundreds of thousands are still without homes.
Idle No More, a protest movement of Canada's First Nations native peoples, has been locking up the country with protests and blockades. Who are they, and what do they want?
Per capita ownership of firearms in the US has doubled since 1968.
Here are eight tax changes under the 'fiscal cliff' deal that may hit your pocketbook.
As the debate over gun control rages on, the firearms industry in the United States is thriving. Here are seven key figures.
Critics say the placement and size of a newly proposed Israeli build-out would doom a two-state deal.
Austerity's bite revives a long-running independence push for Spain's Catalonia. How likely is its success?
M23 rebels have taken over a key city in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
An investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has now called into question the private lives and careers of two of the nation’s top national-security officials. Here is an accounting of what is known so far.
The newly chosen Coptic pope finds his people in a perilous situation.
The Palestinians are seeking a global mandate for statehood at the United Nations. Israel warns the move would nullify the Oslo Accords.
Britain released Islamist preacher Abu Qatada on bail Monday after a British court ruled he could not be extradited to Jordan.
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir vowed today to retaliate against Israel for a recent alleged airstrike. The Monitor explains the background of the dispute.
Here are four ways that a 269-to-269 tie in the Electoral College could play out in the 2012 presidential election.
China's once-a-decade power transition in November may promote these five party members.
Here are the four third-party candidates – and their issues – that you can expect to see vetted in their lone presidential debate in Campaign 2012.
Half don't earn enough to pay federal income taxes; many pay other ways.
Why Apple and Samsung suits and counter suits still fly, and what's next.
President Obama and Mitt Romney offer sharply different views on how to get the nation back on a sustainable fiscal path. Here are five ways they differ on policies to cope with a soaring debt.
A spate of gun violence has beset the United States ahead of the November election, raising the perennial question about how effectively America regulates its 300 million-plus guns. Yet neither presidential candidate is likely to hoist his own complicated record as a rallying cry.
President Obama has staked out positions favored by Latino voters on immigration issues. Mitt Romney has tried to cast himself somewhere between the staunchest anti-illegal immigration activist of his party and Obama. Here are the two candidates' positions on five issues:
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has not been expansive regarding his views of the war in Afghanistan – perhaps because both he and President Obama do not have significantly different plans. But here are five areas where the candidates differ on military issues.
Colombia has ample experience holding peace talks – though over the past 50 years, it’s seen little peace. But in early September, President Juan Manuel Santos announced peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Here are four things you need to know about the landmark peace process.
As recently as 2008, presidential candidates openly sparred over their own plans for dealing with climate change. This year it's such a touchy topic that both sides prefer instead to talk about energy policy – a kind of proxy. Here are four ways the candidates differ.