With tough tactics and promises of security, it aims to position itself as a stronger brand of government.
Children with buckets sit on a sidewalk in Skofla Loka, Slovenia, on Monday.
An Afghan shopkeeper prays near an election campaign billboard, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 16. Afghan officials sought to reassure wary Afghans on Thursday that it will be safe to vote in this weekend's parliamentary election despite an upswing in violence in recent months.
Afghanistan's history is replete with examples of insults against religion -- real or imagined -- fueling uprisings against foreign powers.The Quran burning threat is just the latest.
A resettled Tamil on Aug. 14 sits next to his house in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, which was damaged during the war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the government. The government has gradually been resettling around 300,000 ethnic minority Tamils, most displaced in the final phase of the Army's offensive against the LTTE, which ended with the Tigers' defeat in May 2009, after a 25-year war.
In the Afghanistan war, it's quantity vs. quality: The USAID battle for hearts and minds is being lost just as President Obama's 'civilian surge' prepares to more than double annual assistance to $5 billion.
WikiLeaks has unleashed a barrage of criticism against Pakistan's spy agency, with the United States and Britain now joining India in calling for Islamabad to break all ties with the Taliban and terrorist groups. Pakistan continues to dismiss WikiLeaks.
Police say they found the brother of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev with a pistol and ammunition, a wig, and a false mustache and beard. He was arrested for having a role in the Kyrgyzstan violence last month.
Taliban attacks on Tuesday night and Wednesday killed at least eight US soldiers, highlighting the militant group's intensifying insurgency campaign.
The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack Wednesday on a NATO airfield, which wounded one American and one Afghan soldier. In what is becoming a common tactic, a suicide car bomb was followed by a rush of Taliban militants on foot.