Lebanese ex-hostage Ali Termos says his Syrian rebel captors moved him 13 times during his 17-month ordeal, constantly stringing him along with the lie that freedom was hours away.
The world got a close-up look at U.S. democracy during Washington's debt default showdown, and was traumatized by what it saw.
The Maldives embraced multi-party democracy in 2008 hoping to emerge a modern nation. Five years on, there are fears the honeymoon islands are becoming a “banana republic” ready to implode.
The biggest single test of the success of international military intervention in Afghanistan could be the length of queues at polling stations in Kandahar city on April 5 next year — and local officials are gloomy.
Technical problems have hobbled the website designed to sign up millions of uninsured Americans for health care, but they have largely been overshadowed by a 16-day government shutdown.
Adrift but unbowed, dyed-in-the-wool conservatives sifted through the ashes of their Republican Party's capitulation, insisting their failed fight over Obamacare was worth flirting with U.S. economic disaster.
Wearing black clothing, scarves and ski masks, so-called “Black Bloc” anarchists have taken a starring role in Brazil's social unrest, using violent tactics to target symbols of capitalism.
With elections looming, dozens of young Indonesians sprawled out on a driveway roar with laughter as a comedian pokes fun at the country's politicians, many of whom hark back to the days of dictatorship.
Under fire over its human rights record in the Western Sahara, Morocco is vying to regain the initiative as the U.N. makes a new peace push for the disputed territory.
The African Union's demand for the International Criminal Court to defer trials against Kenya's leadership is unlikely to get U.N. Security Council support but poses a dilemma for Western powers, analysts say.