As both the Syrian regime and the opposition harden their positions, a nationwide strike aimed at bringing down President Assad through peaceful means looks unlikely to succeed.
Thirty years after the Salvadoran Army massacred more than 800 people, many of them children, in El Mozote, El Salvador, residents and officials held a commemoration for the victims.
Nobel Peace Prize winners Tawakkol Karman of Yemen (l.), Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee (c.), and Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf display their diplomas and medals at City Hall in Oslo on Dec. 10. The peace prize committee awarded the prize to Ms. Karman, Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf, and Ms. Gbowee for championing women's rights in regions where oppression is common and helping women participate in peace-building.
From the downfall of North African regimes to the humanitarian interventions in Ivory Coast and Libya, 2011 appears to have been the year when citizens and leaders took a stand on human rights.
Delegates in Durban, South Africa struck a deal to seek a new climate change treaty. Meanwhile, less-contentious projects like a famine early warning system help now.
More illegal immigrants moving beyond the border states to follow jobs and a lack of federal immigration reform has some states and communities coming up with their own enforcement policies – written or not.
The case involves four new congressional seats and the rising political clout of Latinos in Texas, a state with a history of racial discrimination. Republicans say a map redrawn by a panel of federal judges usurps the role of elected officials.
The parents of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who committed suicide last year, talk about supporting young people who face bullying.
The campus shooting prompted officials to lock down the Virginia Tech campus for hours Thursday while police and SWAT teams searched the school, the scene in 2007 of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Viriginia Tech locked down its campus Thursday within minutes of the fatal shooting of a campus police officer. In 2007, the school was heavily criticized for its delayed response to the rampage that resulted in 33 deaths.