For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.
A U.S. ally is treating a would-be nation as a prison camp -- and we're doing nothing about it.
Humanitarian workers chronicle Syria's suffering -- but withhold key details on who is at fault.
Why is Uzbekistan's pop star princess suddenly airing the dictatorship’s dirty laundry?
Not all election monitors are the same: some of them are out to devour democracy.
Could the world's go-to strategy of warehousing the displaced finally be changing?
From Senegal to St. Louis, the world wastes an astonishing amount of food every year. So why is it so hard to cut down on leftovers, save the environment, and feed the hungry?
The Syrian regime is blocking delivery of vital food, medical, and humanitarian aid. And with winter coming, thousands of lives hang in the balance.
Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are increasingly at odds.
Meet the social worker turned nuclear negotiator who's trying to keep Iran from getting the bomb.
Why can't we get rid of nukes the same way we got rid of chemical weapons?
The untold story of al-Shabab's murderous attack on the U.N. in Mogadishu.
Imagining a presentation full of Benjamin Netanyahu's strangest metaphors for the menace posed by Tehran.
The United Nations wants us to make life better for girls. It's a worthy aim. But what does that mean in practice?
Forget the nerve gas. It's Assad's bioweapons program that should keep you up at night.
Obama's diplomatic solution might not stop Assad's war, but it's far better than what airstrikes would have accomplished.
The U.N. Security Council resolution Washington and Moscow are about to agree on all but ensures more Syrians will die.
Why the U.S. should grant Iranian journalists freedom to report, outside a 25-mile radius of New York.
The French military intervention and a successful election have given Mali a chance to reboot its democracy. But it's going to be an uphill climb.
Can a humanitarian firebrand help forge a deal with Syria's dictator?
Why Obama's walking a thin tightrope getting the public on board for a Syrian intervention.
As Syria shows, the Responsibility to Protect hasn't delivered. Time to try something new?
Meet the neurobiologist-turned-weapons inspector who could stop -- or start -- a wider war.