December 10, 2012 Rebels recently took control of the Syrian border village of Khirbet al-Joz. Since then, the villagers have selected a town leadership. They also have a police force chosen by the town rather than the regime. They hope their model will be widely emulated.
December 10, 2012 Former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused of sexual assault by a hotel maid, has all but vanished from the public sphere in France, but he remains a subject of fascination. A play imagining what could have transpired in that hotel suite in May 2011 has just opened in Paris.
December 10, 2012 The sudden death of North Korea's leader, the ascension of his little-known son, and a rocket-launch failure marked a rocky year for the reclusive nation. In rare interviews, several North Koreans tell NPR that expectations of a better life have not been met.
December 9, 2012 The move came a day after President Mohammed Morsi annulled a decree that gave him sweeping new powers last month, but said he would go ahead with the Dec. 15 referendum. At a news conference Sunday, the coalition group said the draft constitution "does not represent the Egyptian people."
December 9, 2012 U.S. forces rescued Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was kidnapped Dec. 5 along with two other aid workers outside Kabul. All three worked for Morning Star Development, a Colorado-based nonprofit. His associated were freed Saturday.
December 9, 2012 For the last decade, NATO and the international community have pumped billions of dollars into construction projects in Afghanistan. Yet with the drawdown of troops also comes a drawdown in the construction of bases and big infrastructure projects — and that's taking a big bite out of the economy and the bottom line of Afghan contractors.
December 9, 2012 Across Europe, the recession has hit media companies where thousands of journalists have been fired and many work for low wages. In Spain, journalists see the cutbacks as a threat to press freedom at a time when Spaniards need to understand the financial crisis they are facing.
December 9, 2012 In Greece, hospital budgets have been slashed by more than half. Doctors say they lack basic supplies, including those needed to save lives. Both public and private doctors have seen their salaries cut, delayed or even frozen. Meanwhile, unemployment is taking a toll on patients' health.
December 8, 2012 The referendum on the draft constitution is still set for Dec. 15, an official said in an overnight news conference. President Mohammed Morsi had been planning to give up those extra powers then.
December 8, 2012 Egypt's army also warned both supporters and opponents of President Morsi that they must hold talks, otherwise Egypt will enter a "dark tunnel" leading to catastrophe — and the army won't allow it.
December 8, 2012 In many countries, the very young have zero interest in politics. After decades of conflict, however, Gaza is an intensely political place and its young people were out in force to give Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal a hero's welcome — even though many are still suffering the effects of the recent eight-day missile offensive.
December 8, 2012 As its economy prospers, the country has gained an enviable reputation in its often-turbulent West African neighborhood. It's admired for being a relative oasis of stability and peace in the region — despite tensions in the build-up to the vote.