Syria and the monarchs: a perfect storm

The Obama administration's decision to directly supply weapons to the Syrian opposition may end up torpedoing the possibility of a political settlement.


What will Iran’s new president deliver?

The election of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran was welcomed by thousands coming onto the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities.


Brazil protests: some background

All last week, major Brazilian cities were the sites of massive youth protests.


Brazil protests continue with 50,000-strong cathedral rally

Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Sao Paulo again on Tuesday night.


Mali agreement signed but root problems remain

On June 18, the interim government of Mali and the Tuareg separatists of the National Movement of Azawad signed a tentative peace deal.


Lawyers assail police response to Turkey protest

Thousands of black-robed Turkish lawyers stormed out of their courthouses Wednesday, shouting about the alleged rough treatment of their colleagues by police.


Russia adopts law against “gay propaganda”

"The government is using homophobia and xenophobia to justify its policies against an independent civil society."


Trade unions join Turkey protests

Turkish trade unionists have piled into anti-government protests, marching into Istanbul's Taksim Square banging drums and waving banners.


Police told to find Neruda murderer

Forty years after the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, a judge ordered police to find the man that prosecutors allege may have been instrumental in poisoning him.


Turkey erupts in anti-government protests

Turkish protesters clashed with riot police in the early hours today after a night of noisy protests and violence in major cities.