The Russian Orthodox Church sees itself as the spiritual generator of public policy and the ideological bulwark of the state. Under Putin, priests have become fixtures in the military, schools, and other public institutions.
A retreat by NATO-trained Afghan forces in Kunduz this fall came after more than a decade of military operations against the Taliban. Many recognize the need to include the group in any political settlement.
At the height of their campaign, Boko Haram militants targeted schools with deadly force. But with recovery in mind, some Nigerians are answering back, working to ensure that displaced children can still learn.
Since the Paris attacks, the program to settle Syrian refugees in the US has come under scrutiny. The experiences of one family – the Alnasars – in Massachusetts show how they have embraced their new life, despite many challenges.
‘The Big First’ district in Kansas is among the 20 most Republican districts in America, and voters there agree on conservative policies. But they aren’t as unified in supporting some of the right wing's tactics.
At a time when immigration issues are divisive, New York’s Mexican community is struggling. But wealthy Mexican immigrants are rising to be a part of the solution and, in the process, overcoming old stereotypes.
Just like the missionaries who carried Christianity to Africa's most populous nation a century ago, millions of Nigeria's diaspora are doing the exact same – in reverse – with a full-bodied pentecostal version of the faith.
Many expected Cuban-Americans to rise up in anger at the restoring of relations. That hasn’t happened. Instead, a yearning has taken hold among both younger generations and older exiles to know the Cuba of today.