The South Sudan referendum ended with an overwhelming vote for independence – 99.57 percent of those polled voted for it – and put the region officially on track to become independent in July. How often is a country born? (Or wrested from territory of an already existing one?) Here’s a look at five of the most recent declarations of independence:
Antigovernment demonstrators returned to the street in Albania Friday, a week after three activists were killed outside Prime Minister Sali Berisha's office.
The Tunisia uprising exposed the faulty assumption of US policy in the Middle East – that stability can be bought at the cost of freedom. Even as the domestic political climate pulls Obama away from foreign involvement, US support for democracy in the Arab world is more important than ever.
Actors dressed as Batman, the Joker, and Harley Quinn stand in a queue for the "Batman Live" stage show open auditions in London. The show is neither a musical nor a Broadway-bound theatrical production but rather an elaborate arena production aimed at kids and families.
Diver Guo Jingjing, the most successful female athlete in Olympic diving history, has decided to retire, Chinese media reported on Sunday.
A baby is baptized during a mass baptism ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia. More than 500 children were baptized by the Georgian Orthodox Church during the 15th mass baptism ceremony at the country's main Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Advocates of military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities assume that a nuclear-armed Iran would be able to blackmail its neighbors. History suggests that's wrong.
Chefs pose in Doha, Qatar, on Dec.16, after entering the Guinness Book of World Records for making the largest cake in the world, which is made in the shape of Qatar. The event was organized to mark Qatar winning the hosting rights to soccer's 2022 World Cup. The cake is 24 feet by 12 feet and took 25 cooks 1,176 hours to make.
South Korean postmen dressed as Santa Claus leave the post office headquarters on motorbikes to deliver Christmas gifts to poor people for their charity campaign in Seoul, South Korea. The campaign involves about 50 postmen.
Kosovo's prime minister, Hashim Thaci, claimed victory – as did the main opposition party. Incidents of ballot stuffing were noted, but the vote overall was relatively peaceful in the two-year-old state.