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How the U.S. ambassador in Moscow is using social media to get his message out.
The sensible way to fight back against Russia's anti-gay campaign.
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Behind Putin's sudden release of former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
After decades of corruption and conflict, the Democratic Republic of Congo edges toward statehood.
Burma's census disregards the complex ethnic identities of its people. Could this breathe new life into sectarian conflict?
Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.
How a decades-old fake coup attempt is taking its toll on Tunisia.
No one else manages to rile Tunisia's post-revolutionary government quite like rapper Klay BBJ.
An on-the-ground look at Ukraine's continuing anti-government protests.
How long can Ukraine's protesters hold out against Yanukovych's thugs?
Social media can tell us a lot about voting patterns -- but only up to a point.
The Cambodian opposition is flooding the streets. But success depends on whether it can play politics.
When a radical pope says it's time we stopped treating capitalism like it's a religion, American conservatives get preachy.
Why the Ukrainian leader's decision to backtrack on Europe could cost him his political career.
How the latest mass protests in Ukraine go beyond the revolution of 2004.