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  • When dictators fall, so do their banknotes

    The following now defunct or possibly soon-to-be defunct banknotes are imbued with the symbols and iconography of their leaders, past and present.

  • Press Freedom Index: The top 10 worst countries

    Press Freedom Index: The top 10 worst countries

    Syria, Rwanda, and Yemen have fallen to the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said today. The three countries join other single-party dominated governments at the bottom of the annual index, while six democratic Northern European nations tied this year as the best places for media freedom. Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland have ranked at the top since the index was created in 2002, Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Jean-François Julliard said in a statement. "The defense of media freedom continues to be a battle, a battle of vigilance in the democracies of old Europe and a battle against oppression and injustice in the totalitarian regimes still scattered across the globe," he said. Click through the following slides to read about the 10 lowest-ranking nations.

  • Kagame's Rwanda election win is one of recent history's most lopsided

    Africa Monitor Kagame's Rwanda election win is one of recent history's most lopsided

    Preliminary results show that President Paul Kagame is likely to win more than 90 percent of the vote.

  • As US seeks closer ties with Turkmenistan, government cracks down on students

    As US seeks closer ties with Turkmenistan, government cracks down on students

    Turkmenistan has prevented dozens of students from travelling abroad to study at a US-sponsored university, and has harassed some that have come home.