Societies attempting to make the transition to democracy should start by establishing a consensus on basic values.
The trouble with high speed rail in China; how small satellites are turning space into a DIY playground; and what happens to "child sorcerers" in Congo.
Fear, faith, and the hunt for child sorcerers in Congo.
In refusing to recognize Israel as the “Jewish state,” the Palestinian leader is denying a fact that even Yasser Arafat was willing to admit.
Religion makes you poorer. It also makes you happier. If you think that's a contradiction, you're wrong.
A deadly surge of revenge violence has seized the Central African Republic -- and peacekeepers seem powerless to stop it.
Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.
The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.
Pentecostalism is the world's fastest growing religious movement. But in much of Africa, it's fueling witch-hunts and the spread of HIV/AIDS.
When a radical pope says it's time we stopped treating capitalism like it's a religion, American conservatives get preachy.
Live sex, human Tetris, baby giveaways, and more.
Pope Francis wants to reform the church. But does that mean giving believers a vote?
Why the Middle East's identity conflicts go way beyond the Sunni-Shiite divide.
The world is profoundly divided over gay rights -- and it's going to get worse before it gets better.
Snapshots of life in a Siberian town that's lost its livelihood.
5 pioneers of social media, from before social media was an annoying buzzword.
What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.
Can America really win the battle against Islamic extremism?
How simmering ethnic hatred in Moscow exploded into violence.
The Syrian rebellion is turning hard-line Islamist, squeezing out Christians, Alawites, and Kurds who also hate Assad.
As nationalist fervor intensifies, Vladimir Putin's opponents face some tough choices.
For years the Houthis have been derided as subversives and separatists. Now they're sitting at the table in Sanaa.
Is the turbulent Middle East bringing Sunni and Shiite jihadists together, or driving them to war?