Part 5 of the surprisingly upbeat state of the world: Women's lot rises as the gender gap narrows worldwide.
Contrary to the West's view, Morocco's parliamentary elections this weekend didn't signal a bold step toward democracy. They showed just how far the country has to go to achieve real reforms – and how much more power the king must give up.
Defectors from Syria's armed forces raided an intelligence compound near the capital Damascus Wednesday.
Today's Arab League vote to suspend Syria's membership – coupled with military assaults by defected soldiers – signal that President Assad may now be facing a critical mass of opposition.
The Arab Spring toppled dictators in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Yemen and Syria may be next. Though trials remain, we are witnessing an extraordinary fight for freedom. What emerges may not be the kind of democracy Westerners want, but it beats tyranny.
Some see the end of the NATO operation in Libya as a moment for Europe to step up with more robust support of the alliance. The US remains skeptical.
Occupy Europe? From Madrid to Athens, young people facing a bleak future are casting doubt on European identity.
Tunisian elections: Islamist party Nahda is set to do well in today's historic election in Tunisia, which will be a litmus test for the Arab Spring.
The younger brother of King Abdullah was in his 80s, and there is no formal method to name a replacement from the sprawling royal family.