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Russia expels 23 UK diplomats as fallout over nerve agent attack grows

Russia's Foreign Ministry ordered the expulsion of 23 British diplomats from Russia on Saturday in a tit-for-tat response to Britain's decision to expel Russian envoys in connection with the poisoning of a former Russian... More>>

St. Patrick's Day by the numbers

When you suit up in green and head to the St. Patrick's Day parade or your favorite Irish bar to celebrate, dropping these facts and figures about the holiday's origins will impress your fellow revelers! More>>

Humane prison to bring Greenland's most dangerous criminals home

Nestled into the stunning Arctic landscape with panoramic views of sparkling fjords and snowy mountains, Ny Anstalt could easily be mistaken for a luxury ski lodge. But this stylish complex in Nuuk, the capital of... More>>

'We have no future': Fleeing Putin's Russia for freedom

In a shabby apartment block near the center of Latvia's capital, Riga, a group of Russians is carefully watching political events unfolding at home. More>>

Xi Jinping is making sweeping changes to how China is run

China's government is about to be massively restructured to fit President Xi Jinping's agenda. More>>

Things that turn green on St. Patrick's Day

Every year on St. Patrick's Day, the world around us suddenly looks a little ... jealous. More>>

Slovakians take to streets as PM's resignation fails to stifle anger

Thousands of people gathered in Slovakia's capital city Friday night to protest against the government and pay tribute to murdered Slovakian journalist Jan Kuciak. More>>

Vatican removes archbishop, but doesn't say why

The Vatican has removed Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Guam from office and barred him from living in the Pacific territory, saying a church tribunal had found the cleric guilty of "certain of the accusations" made against him. More>>

As thousands flee assaults in Syria, rebels won't let others out

Thousands of people continued to flee from battlegrounds in northern and southern Syria on Friday amid reports that rebels in a Damascus suburb were preventing some residents from leaving the besieged area. More>>

Two Israeli soldiers killed in West Bank car ramming attack

Two Israeli soldiers were killed and three more were injured in a car ramming attack on Friday afternoon in the northern West Bank, according to the Israeli military and emergency services. More>>

Brazilians mourn slain politician and demand justice for her death

Thousands of angry and distraught Brazilians have taken to the streets to protest and mourn the shooting death of Marielle Franco, a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and a prominent critic of police killings in shantytowns. More>>

British police launch murder inquiry into Russian exile's death

A murder investigation has been launched into the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov following the results of a postmortem exam, British police said in a statement on Friday. More>>

2011 Japan Earthquake - Tsunami Fast Facts

Here's a look at the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March of 2011. More>>

Arms, oil and fake news: 6 ways Russia is changing the world

In the last four years, Russia has annexed Crimea from Ukraine, meddled in a US election and helped turn the tide of the Syrian war in Bashar al-Assad's favor. More>>

Sweden pledges to support historic US-North Korea dialogue

Sweden's top diplomat said Friday that her country stands ready to assist the United States and North Korea in moving forward a historic dialogue between the two nations. More>>

Ski-lift failure in Georgia sends people flying into the air

Dramatic video captured images of skiiers being thrown off of a malfunctioning ski lift at a resort in the country of Georgia Friday. More>>

A French baker is slapped with a fine -- for working too darn much

The French take their bread very, very seriously. In fact, there are whole sets of laws that govern which type of bread can be called what, and when and how often bakeries can stay open. More>>

Jacob Zuma to be prosecuted on corruption charges

Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be charged with 16 counts of corruption, money laundering and racketeering, the country's national prosecuting authority announced Friday. More>>

UK's Johnson says it's 'overwhelmingly likely' Putin ordered nerve agent attack

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Friday it was "overwhelmingly likely" that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally gave the order to use a nerve agent to attack a former double spy in what's the most direct... More>>

In the West, Russia rules the headlines. In Russia, a collective shrug

The recent Russia headlines have been alarming: The poisoning of a Russian double agent in England set off a diplomatic confrontation between Moscow and London; the Trump administration announced new sanctions on Russia... More>>

Teenager convicted of attempted murder in London Tube bombing

A teenager was convicted of attempted murder Friday in a UK court for detonating a homemade bomb on a packed Underground commuter train in London last year. More>>

Egypt wants answers in death of teenage student in UK

Egypt is pressing Britain to act after the death of an 18-year-old Egyptian student, who police say was assaulted in the city of Nottingham. More>>

Saudi Arabia warns it will pursue nuclear weapons if Iran does

Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if Iran does the same, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi's defense chief and heir to the throne, said Thursday. More>>

Political mavericks shake South Australia out of its two-party torpor

It was billed as a provincial election, in a part of the country that rarely receives any national attention. But on Saturday, 1.7 million South Australians will vote in what many are describing as the most exciting... More>>

North Korea nuclear reactors show new signs of activity

New satellite imagery examined by Western experts suggests North Korea has begun preliminary testing of one of its nuclear reactors at the Yongbyon research facility. The disclosure comes as preparations get underway for... More>>

How seven years of war turned Syria's cities into 'hell on Earth'

Architectural masterpieces dating back centuries have been annihilated. Bustling marketplaces turned ghostly quiet. And basic infrastructure -- hospitals, schools, roads -- has been pummeled into dust. More>>

For many Syrians, the story of the war began with graffiti in Dara'a

Ahmed Masri knew early on in life that you never talked about the President in front of strangers, and that if you did, you used a nickname they wouldn't understand. More>>

Donors give computers to Ghana school where teacher taught computer tech on a blackboard

With just a blackboard and a talent for drawing, a Ghanaian teacher has explained in detail to his students the secrets of Microsoft Word, earning numerous headlines and worldwide admiration. More>>

Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico resigns after killing of journalist

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned Thursday after weeks of public protests over the slaying of an investigative journalist who reported on fraud among the country's elite, including people connected to the... More>>

Russia to retaliate 'soon' against UK with its own diplomat expulsions

Tensions between London and Moscow over the attempted murder of a former Russian spy ratcheted up another level Thursday after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that a move to expel British diplomats from... More>>

How Syria's war changed the world

Imad arrived in the Sicilian port of Messina on an overcast spring afternoon in 2015. He and his family of seven had fled their home in Damascus at the beginning of the uprising in 2011. More>>

Assad may win Syria's war, but he will preside over a broken country

In the summer of 2015, President Bashar al-Assad was in trouble. His army -- fighting on multiple fronts amid desertion and exhaustion -- was losing ground. Islamist rebel groups were threatening to cut key routes... More>>

Thousands flee Syria's besieged Eastern Ghouta as army closes in

Thousands of people fled the besieged area of Eastern Ghouta on Thursday as Syrian forces advanced into the rebel-held enclave on the edge of Damascus, state TV and monitoring groups reported. More>>

North Korean foreign minister heads to Sweden amid summit speculation

North Korea's foreign minister was flying to Sweden on Thursday, the Swedish government said, in the first significant diplomatic move by Pyongyang since US President Donald Trump said a week ago that he'd be willing to... More>>

Is North Korea's silence on the Trump-Kim summit a worry?

It's been a week since US President Donald Trump surprised the world -- and the White House -- by accepting an invitation to meet with North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Un. More>>

20 World-changing inventions from under 20s

There's a reason the United States has no minimum age to file a patent. A good idea can come from anyone, no matter how young. (Just ask Robert Patch, a Marylander whose toy truck design was patented in 1963 at the tender... More>>

Vladimir Putin visits Crimea as he pushes for another term as President

As tensions continued to rise between Moscow and London on Wednesday over the spy poisoning scandal, Russian President Vladimir Putin turned his attention to domestic affairs by visiting Crimea ahead of Sunday's... More>>

Nigerian President vows 'no rest' till abducted schoolgirls go free

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vowed Wednesday his government will never give up until the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants go free. More>>

The school walkout isn't just happening in the United States

Hours before the National School Walkout began in the United States, students in other countries got up from their desks to protest gun violence. More>>

Philippines to withdraw from International Criminal Court

The Philippines says it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), a month after the judicial body started an inquiry into President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs. More>>

Russia vs. US: Where is life better?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to win the March 18 election by a wide margin, but that doesn't mean Russians are happy with the way things are. More>>

Tillerson's dismissal rattles foreign nerves ahead of North Korea summit

Rex Tillerson may have spent the last 14 months being contradicted by his boss on all manner of foreign policy, but the now-fired Secretary of State was at least a known quantity for US allies during tense moments in 2017. More>>

Angela Merkel sworn in for fourth term as German Chancellor

Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany after lawmakers voted to re-elect her as leader in a close vote on Wednesday morning. More>>

UK to expel 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats from the country after concluding that the Russian state is responsible for the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil, a step that marks a serious... More>>

Sierra Leonean presidential election goes to 2nd round

Sierra Leone will vote in a presidential run-off election March 27, after neither of the candidates in the first round achieved the 55% of the ballot required to take office. More>>

Nerve gas attack unsettles residents in English cathedral city

Welcome to the city of Salisbury, where local market traders sell fresh organic vegetables, amid nervous talk of chemical weapons, and men in protective suits and gas masks walk in and out of the local pub. More>>

Stephen Hawking's theory on everything, in his words

Stephen Hawking was one of the most beloved scientists in this generation -- not only for his intellect, but for his wit and humor. More>>

Sense of humor 'as vast as the universe': Tributes flood in as world remembers Stephen Hawking

Figures from the scientific community and beyond came together to mark the passing of famed physicist Stephen Hawking, who died at age 76 on Wednesday, the same day as Albert Einstein's birthday, also known as "Pi day." More>>

Stephen Hawking Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of the world renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astronomer and mathematician, Stephen Hawking. More>>

Bolt, Obama and Gangnam Style: What (and whom) has Merkel outlasted?

On Wednesday, Angela Merkel will begin a historic fourth term as Chancellor of Germany, making her one of the longest-serving leaders in modern German history. More>>

Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead in his London home

Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian exile who had links to compatriots who died in mysterious circumstances in the UK, has been found dead in his London home, his lawyer confirmed. More>>

Reporter's viral eye roll causes trouble with Chinese censors

It was the eye roll that resonated with millions -- and broke the internet in China. More>>

Global warming puts nearly half of species in key places at risk: report

About half of all plants and animals in 35 of the world's most biodiverse places are at risk of extinction due to climate change, a new report claims. More>>

Former Soviet chemist shares details of the nerve agent Novichok

"A lethal dose ... and the person will die immediately. If [the dosage] is less, [the person] will go through very tortuous scenes. They will start convulsions, and stop breathing and then lose vision, and there are other... More>>

It's #MyFreedomDay, and students are standing up to modern slavery

Today, students at hundreds of schools and colleges all over the world are holding events to raise awareness about modern-day slavery. More>>

Netanyahu's coalition survives after days of political brinksmanship

Avoiding a coalition collapse that would have sent the country to snap elections a year and a half early, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an agreement between rival parties in his government Tuesday on a... More>>

Trump: Russia likely poisoned ex-spy, 'based on all the evidence'

US President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that he believes the British government's theory that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in England earlier this... More>>

Haley blames Russia for failure of Syrian ceasefire

The United States has declared a United Nations effort to implement a ceasefire in Syria a failure and blamed Russia for stalling it, as the Syrian army continued to pound the devastated rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta. More>>

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Oskar Groening dies before serving sentence

A former Nazi SS guard known as "the bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has died before serving a four-year jail term, authorities in Germany said. More>>

Taliban factions interested in reaching Afghan peace settlement, Mattis says

Some factions of the Taliban have expressed interested in pursuing peace talks with the Afghan government, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday. More>>

Russian spy attack nerve agent was rare, dangerous and sophisticated

It's been described as among the deadliest chemical weapons ever made. More>>

Palestinian Prime Minister survives assassination attempt in Gaza, PA says

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah survived an assassination attempt in northern Gaza on Tuesday morning, according to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency. More>>

Three far-right activists and YouTubers denied entry to the UK

Britain has detained and deported three online far-right personalities after they attempted to enter the country, on the grounds that they were "not conducive to the public good," the Home Office said Tuesday. More>>

This 'enigmatic' feathered dinosaur didn't fly like modern birds

For more than 150 years, researchers have been studying the fossils of bird-like dinosaur Archaeopteryx and attempting to answer this question: Did it fly? More>>

Why some conservatives see Pope Francis as a threat

In the beginning, there were signs and wonder. More>>

She was Canada's Rosa Parks. Now she's the first black person to appear on its currency

Almost a decade before Rosa Parks sparked the civil rights movement in the US, a woman in Nova Scotia kicked off Canada's with a similar act of defiance at a segregated movie theater. More>>

At least 38 people killed in Ethiopia bus crash

At least 38 people were killed in northern Ethiopia after a bus they were traveling in hurtled off a cliff, officials said. More>>

Nepal airport rejects blame for confusion before fatal plane crash

Authorities in Nepal have rejected claims they were to blame for confusion before a deadly plane crash at Kathmandu's airport. More>>

Turkey says troops encircle Kurdish-held city in Syria

Turkish forces say they have encircled the Kurdish city of Afrin in northwestern Syria, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, marking a major milestone in a military offensive that began in January. More>>

North Korea blasts 'human rights racket' after damning UN report

A North Korean state newspaper denounced what it called "the imperialists' human rights racket" shortly after the publication of a United Nations report highlighted the country's dismal human rights record. More>>

Nigerian leader favors negotiation over military action to help free schoolgirls

Nigeria is negotiating for the release of schoolgirls abducted last month from the town of Dapchi rather than taking military action, President Muhammadu Buhari said. More>>

Dozens are evacuated from Eastern Ghouta as rebels promise to continue their fight

As many as 100 civilians, including 35 in need of medical attention, were evacuated from the besieged rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta to the Syrian capital on Tuesday, according to an armed group and state media. More>>

Russian spy attack: Why Britain and why now?

The UK has more or less made up its mind that the Russian state -- or at least a part of it -- was behind the use of Novichok in an attempt on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal's life in Salisbury last weekend. More>>

FBI tried to contact 'sex coaches' in Thai jail

FBI agents have tried to meet a pair of self-styled "sex coaches" detained in a Bangkok jail who claim to have evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, a senior Thai official told CNN. More>>

Haditha Killings Fast Facts

Here's some background information about the 2005 killings of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq. More>>

Divorced Saudi women win right to get custody of children

Mothers in Saudi Arabia can now retain custody of their children after divorce without filing lawsuits, according to a Saudi Information Ministry statement Monday, meaning the kingdom is breaking ranks with several other... More>>

Hong Kong's pro-democracy campaign endures election setback

Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp has endured a setback in crucial by-elections as fears grow that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous region. More>>

'Highly likely' Russia poisoned former spy, UK's Prime Minister says

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that Russia was "highly likely" responsible for the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury on... More>>

UN official convinced of Myanmar Rohingya 'genocide'

A senior United Nations official investigating Myanmar's ongoing crackdown against the Rohingya says she is increasingly convinced it may amount to genocide. More>>

Putin says he gave order to shoot down passenger plane in 2014

Russia's Vladimir Putin ordered the downing of a passenger plane that had reportedly been overtaken by hijackers planning to target the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, the President said in a new film. More>>

Meghan Markle joins Queen Elizabeth at Commonwealth Day service

Meghan Markle joined Queen Elizabeth for the first time at an official public engagement Monday as the pair attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. More>>

Eastern Ghouta: Syrian regime forces cut rebel-held enclave in three

The Syrian regime and its allies have splintered the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta into three parts after the army intensified its onslaught in the region over the weekend, an activist on the ground and state media... More>>

Poisoning of Russian spy raises troubling questions

It's more than a week in and questions are still swirling over how and why a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in the cathedral city of Salisbury in southern England. Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter,... More>>

Mina Basaran: Turkish socialite killed in plane crash after bachelorette party

A wealthy Turkish socialite and seven of her friends were killed on Sunday after the airplane carrying them home from her bachelorette party crashed in Iran, according to Turkish media reports and the head of the Turkish... More>>

49 Dead in plane crash at Nepal's Kathmandu airport

At least 49 people were killed when a plane approached the runway from the wrong direction, crashed and burst into flames while landing at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport in Nepal on Monday. More>>

UK hints at sanctions over Russia spy attack

Britain's National Security Council met Monday to discuss the latest intelligence on the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, as pressure mounts on UK Prime Minister... More>>

South Korea moves to ease Chinese jitters over US-North Korea talks

South Korean officials met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, as part of an effort to bring jittery regional powers on board with US President Donald Trump's decision to accept a face-to-face meeting with North... More>>

Forest fire in south India kills nine hikers at popular tourist spot

Nine people were killed in a forest fire in southern India after becoming trapped while hiking, police said Monday. More>>

China clears way for Xi Jinping to rule for life

China's largely ceremonial parliament on Sunday overwhelmingly endorsed a controversial change to the country's constitution, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely. More>>

Russians soak up the 'power' of Siberian red deer blood

It's no secret that Russian President Vladimir Putin is proud of his physique -- he has been photographed topless on horseback, or reeling in a fish. But what's behind the stamina of this 65-year-old, now contesting his... More>>

Knife-wielding man shot dead outside Iran ambassador's Vienna home

A knife-wielding man was shot dead outside the Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna Sunday night, following an attack on a guard, police said. More>>

Ethiopian military mistakenly kills 9 civilians

Ethiopian soldiers accidentally killed 9 civilians and injured 12 others in a military operation targeting insurgent militants, state media announced Sunday. More>>

Russia says it has successfully tested advanced hypersonic missile

Russia's Defense Ministry says it has successfully tested one of the "invincible" missiles that President Vladimir Putin said earlier this month could deliver a warhead at hypersonic speed and pierce US defenses. More>>

Russian spy attack: Customers urged to wash clothes as traces of nerve agent found

Customers at a restaurant and pub in Salisbury, southern England, were urged to wash their clothes Sunday after traces of the nerve agent used on a former Russian spy and his daughter were detected. More>>

Post-Soviet swingers versus the Kremlin

The sex guru from Belarus and his protégé/lover preached empowerment through what they described as "the art of seduction." They promoted themselves in books and on social media as masters of manipulation, but then this... More>>

Hong Kong elects new lawmakers as city faces decades of Xi Jinping rule

Hong Kongers headed to the polls Sunday to replace four lawmakers kicked out of the city's legislature in a vote seen as a chance for the city's beleaguered democracy movement to regain lost ground. More>>

Syrian regime gains ground in 'semi-destroyed rubble town'

The Syrian regime captured a major town in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Saturday after "hysterical" shelling and airstrikes, an activist on the ground said. More>>

Beijing: 'No winners' in any trade war with US

There would be no winner in any trade war between China and the United States, but Beijing can handle any challenge, China's Commerce Minister said Sunday. More>>

Socialism with Chinese characteristics? Beijing's propaganda explained

Few political groups in the world have mastered the art of obfuscating phrases and confusing doublespeak as successfully as the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). More>>

Russian spy attack: UK ministers hold emergency meeting as nerve agent probe continues

Britain's home secretary and government ministers held an emergency meeting Saturday as investigators probe the attempt to kill a former Russian double agent and his daughter using a rare nerve agent. More>>

Turkish court frees 2 journalists on bail in trial of Cumhuriyet opposition paper

Two Turkish journalists from the country's opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper have been released on bail after spending more than a year in pretrial detention on terror-related charges. More>>

'Weaponizing capital': US worries over China's expanding role in Africa

Concerns in Washington are growing amid reports that China is poised to gain control of a major commercial port on the Horn of Africa, further consolidating the country's influence in the critically strategic region. More>>

Grumbles, praise as Chinese get to grips with Xi's power trip

Even by China's standard, the annual session of the largely ceremonial parliament seems to be a much more choreographed affair this year -- with one thorny subject that almost none of the 3,000 legislators wants to broach... More>>

Mauritius President to resign over expense claims, prime minister says

The President of Mauritius will resign next week, the island country's prime minister has said. More>>

Afrin: Turkish troops 'positioned' to enter center of Kurdish-held Syrian city

Turkish forces and allied rebels are poised to enter the center of the Kurdish-held Syrian city of Afrin "at any moment," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday, risking a further escalation of violence in... More>>

Attacks on Syrian medical facilities on the rise, WHO says

Attacks on Syrian health care facilities have spiked in recent weeks, the World Health Organization said Friday, mostly in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus, where the Syrian government has been... More>>

Will Vladimir Putin ever release his grip on Russia?

It may be more than a week until Russians actually cast their votes, but President Vladimir Putin's campaign already feels like a victory lap. More>>

In Salisbury, grist for conspiracy theorists, and an elusive truth

The saga in the English cathedral city of Salisbury has all the elements of a John le Carré thriller -- a double agent, a mysterious and potentially deadly toxin, Cold War leitmotifs, a confounded security service and a... More>>

Marina Litvinenko: Russians in UK feel 'very unsafe' after nerve agent attack

The widow of Alexander Litvinenko has urged the UK government to do more to protect Russians who have sought shelter in Britain following the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter... More>>

Who is Kim Jong Un? Separating myth from fact

The little that is known about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is, for the most part, questionable. More>>

Kabul bomb attack leaves at least nine dead

A suicide bomber killed at least nine people in the Afghan capital of Kabul, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior told CNN Friday. More>>

Kenyan President, opposition leader say feud over after months of tension

After months of political tension, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and longtime opposition rival Raila Odinga made a joint television address Friday, referring to each other as brothers who are no longer feuding. More>>

This isn't the first time Pyongyang has flirted with denuclearization

Along with the stunning announcement that US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet came the news that Kim offered to put his country's nuclear and missile program on the table. More>>

Trump and Kim: Where will they meet and what will they say?

Very little is known about US President Donald Trump's plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un except that the historic moment will happen before May. More>>

Russian spy attack: British troops deployed to assist nerve agent probe

Around 180 British troops have been deployed to the English city of Salisbury to aid in the investigation of a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter. More>>

Meghan Markle baptized in private ceremony

Meghan Markle is now a fully fledged member of the Church of England after the American actor was reportedly baptized and confirmed in a secret ceremony at St James's Palace in London this week. More>>

Russian spy attack inquiry widens as 21 receive medical attention

The investigation into the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the UK has broadened as police revealed that 21 people had received medical attention in the aftermath of the incident. More>>

'If women stop, the world stops:' Women choose not to work for 'feminist strike'

Thousands of women are refusing to work, boycotting domestic tasks and occupying the streets around the world as part of a global strike on International Women's Day. More>>

Video captured people chanting 'F*** the blacks' in a dorm. Now, 2 teens are under arrest

Two young men are under arrest in connection with a video in which people can be heard chanting, "F*** the blacks," and other derogatory phrases outside what's described as a black student's university dorm room, police in... More>>

Hospitalized Russian spy linked to Russia-UK spy wars

The poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom has cast new light on a long-running intelligence feud between London and Moscow, reviving a troubled chapter in the history of... More>>

Saddam Hussein Trial Fast Facts

Here is some background information about the trials and execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. More>>

Ex-rebel leader Rodrigo Londoño pulls out of Colombia presidential race

Former FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño's short-lived bid for the Colombian presidency has ended because of health issues, the onetime guerrilla group announced Thursday. More>>

Nigeria vows to recapture Boko Haram chief freed in swap for 82 Chibok girls

The Nigerian army is vowing to recapture a Boko Haram commander freed last year in exchange for 82 girls who were kidnapped from a school in the town of Chibok nearly four years ago. More>>

Kim Wall death: Danish inventor Peter Madsen pleads not guilty to murder

Danish inventor Peter Madsen pleaded not guilty to murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his submarine last August, but acknowledged dismembering her corpse, as his trial began in Copenhagen on Thursday. More>>

CNN asked: What single thing would you change to achieve gender equality?

To celebrate International Women's Day, CNN asked women around the world, "What single thing would you change to improve gender equality where you are?" More>>

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn Fast Facts

Here's a look at the Iraq War which was known as Operation Iraqi Freedom until September 2010, when it was renamed Operation New Dawn. In December 2011, the last US troops in Iraq crossed the border into Kuwait, marking... More>>

Frederik Willem de Klerk Fast Facts

Here's an in-depth look at the life of former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, F. W. de Klerk. More>>

John Major Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Sir John Major, former prime minister of the United Kingdom. More>>

Carlos Slim Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Mexico's richest man, businessman and investor Carlos Slim. More>>

More than 1,000 people killed in Eastern Ghouta in 2 weeks, MSF says

Medical facilities supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have received over 1,000 dead and 4,800 wounded in Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in just two weeks, the organization said in a statement. More>>

Move womankind forward on International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a time to celebrate female achievement and also take action. Impact Your World has identified ways you can help a variety of important causes for women everywhere. More>>

South Korean officials leave for US with message from North Korea to Trump

Top South Korean negotiators left for the United States Thursday to brief their American counterparts on the outcome of their historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this week. More>>

'I never told anyone': 5 women's stories of sexual abuse at the Hajj

Editor's Note: CNN is committed to covering gender inequality wherever it occurs in the world. This story is part of As Equals, a year-long series. More>>

Eight sentenced to jail for right-wing terror crimes in Germany

Eight people have been found guilty of being members of a right-wing terror organization by a court in Germany. More>>

NASA mission discovers Jupiter's inner secrets

NASA spacecraft Juno has collected new data on its mission to Jupiter revealing some of the swirling inner mysteries of the giant gas-planet. More>>

Russian spy was poisoned by nerve agent, UK police say

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were deliberately poisoned by a nerve agent, UK police say, significantly increasing the likelihood that a foreign state was behind the attack. More>>

Russia spy case a chilling reminder of suspicious deaths in UK

Questions are swirling over how a Russian official turned British spy and his daughter ended up slumped over a shopping center bench in southern England on Sunday. More>>

From soccer to sake, why Hidetoshi Nakata is on a cultural mission

A football star, a style icon, and the recipient of an Italian knighthood -- at 41 years old Hidetoshi Nakata has already achieved more than most people do in a lifetime. More>>

Vladimir Putin: US political system 'eats itself'

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a recent interview separated a conciliatory attitude toward US President Donald Trump from his staunch criticism of the US political system, which he said is unwieldy and self-defeating. More>>

Polls close in Italian parliamentary elections

Polls have closed in Italian parliamentary elections, with the first exit polls showing no party has received more than the 40% required to govern. More>>

China boosts military spending 8% amidst ambitious modernization drive

China plans to boost its military spending by 8.1% in 2018 as it looks to further advance an ambitious modernization drive for its armed forces. More>>

Belgium issues iodine pills to protect people in case of a nuclear accident

Pharmacies across Belgium are being stocked with iodine pills as part of a new government emergency plan to help protect citizens against a potential nuclear accident. More>>

Cecil the lion 'suffered incredible cruelty' for 10 hours before he died, a new book claims

When Cecil the lion was killed outside of a national park in Zimbabwe in 2015, it sparked worldwide ire and months of mourning and attention. Cecil, a large black-maned lion, was a protected animal and his death at the... More>>

Security, trade top agenda as Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince visits UK

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman begins a three-day official visit to London on Wednesday that is designed to boost security and trade ties while bolstering the nation's international reputation. More>>

UK officials 'know more' about what may have poisoned Russian spy

British authorities look set to reveal new details about the mysterious substance that apparently plunged a former Russian spy and his daughter into a critical condition on Sunday. More>>

Denmark braces for one of most gruesome murder trials in its history

There is nothing routine about the murder trial opening Thursday at the City Court of Copenhagen. More>>

All the guesswork in the Russian ex-spy mystery could be wrong

Both of the options, whichever way the pendulum ultimately swings, are staggering. More>>

US-backed Kurds go from battling ISIS to fighting US ally Turkey

A US-backed Kurdish militia is diverting 1,700 fighters from the battle against ISIS and redeploying them to northwest Syria to repel an offensive by US ally Turkey, in a development could hinder the fight against the... More>>

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

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Why Russia's presidential election is like no other

Russian President Vladimir Putin will win the election -- that's a given. He maintains the overwhelming support of the Russian people, while the state has kicked his main opponent out of the race and sanctioned other... More>>

Report shows extent of endangered animal trade between Africa and Asia

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Russian military transport plane crashes in Syria, killing all 39 on board

Thirty-nine people, including military personnel, were killed when a Russian transport plane crashed Tuesday while trying to land at Hmeimin air base in northwest Syria, Russian state media reported. More>>

North Korea willing to talk to US about giving up nuclear weapons, Seoul says

North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about giving up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said Tuesday, in a remarkable development that followed unprecedented meetings in Pyongyang. More>>

Russian spy mystery deepens as daughter confirmed as second victim

A woman found unconscious on a shopping center bench in southern England next to a Russian former double agent is his daughter, a source told CNN on Tuesday. More>>

The pledge to halt missile tests comes after a busy year of launches by North Korea

North Korea's pledge to freeze missile launches during talks with South Korea is a marked departure from last year's barrage of missile and nuclear weapons tests. More>>

Thousands of dead starfish wash up on UK beaches

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Syrian Civil War Fast Facts

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More than 1,000 children killed or injured this year in Syria, UN says

More than 1,000 children have been killed or injured this year across Syria, a United Nations Children's Fund official told CNN on Tuesday. More>>

African immigrants protest in Florence after Senegalese man shot dead

Dozens of African immigrants protested in central Florence on Monday evening after an Italian man shot dead a Senegalese trader. More>>

South Korea's Moon vows to bolster defenses while talking peace with North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has vowed to bolster military defenses at the same time as pursuing diplomatic avenues with Pyongyang, after a historic meeting between envoys from his government and North Korean leader... More>>

Former Russian spy critically ill after exposure to 'unknown substance'

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France to set age of sexual consent at 15 after rape outcry

France's government has proposed setting a formal age of sexual consent after two-high profile cases involving 11-year-old girls, according to the country's Equality Minister. More>>

Threatened with 'acid, rape, abuse': Protesting Iran's compulsory hijab law

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Kim Jong Un wants to 'write new history' on South Korea reunification

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a high-ranking South Korean government delegation that he wants to "write a new history of national reunification," during an unprecedented meeting between the two sides in Pyongyang... More>>

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