East Ukraine: Lessons from other breakaway 'republics'

Drawing historical comparisons should be done with caution as each conflict is the result of unique conditions.

by Remi Piet


Kuwait summit: Arab unity or disunity?

Behind customary public pronouncements, representatives from the 22-member League of Arab States clashed in private.

by Joseph A Kechichian

Humanitarian crises

All on board Comoros plane survive crash

Twenty-nine people pulled out of the Indian Ocean waters after Brazilian-made aircraft crashes after takeoff.


Africa facing intensified 'food crisis'

New report suggests that numerous African and Middle East countries are at a high or extreme risk of a food crisis.

US & Canada

Why do the Olympics matter?

Throughout history, and today, sport has brought bitter national rivals together while providing hope in tough times.

by Nanjala Nyabola


Indian Ocean tsunami alert lifted

Indonesia, India and Thailand downgrade tsunami alert issued after 8.6-magnitude earthquake off the Sumatra coast.


Indian Ocean on tsunami alert after quakes

Indian Ocean tsunami warning extended after strong aftershock off northern Indonesia's coast.


Japan through to final round of qualifying

Iraq and Japan reach last round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup while China and North Korea crash out.


East Africa al-Qaeda chief killed in Somalia

Hillary Clinton says the killing of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed is a significant blow to al-Qaeda and its allies.


Egypt slump to brink of African elimination

Reigning champions all but out of next year's Africa Cup of Nations after being held to a 0-0 draw by South Africa.


Cameroon held at home by Senegal

Samuel Eto'o missed a last-minute penalty as Cameroon's hopes of reaching Africa Cup of Nations take a blow.

Humanitarian crises

Recent air crashes

Air France Airbus crash in June 2009 remains the deadliest in recent months.