August 22, 2012 The Russian republic of Tatarstan was considered a model of moderate Islam coexisting with Christianity. But recent violence has fueled fears that the influence of foreign-trained radical imams may be growing in the region. Police blame Muslim militants; Tatar nationalists say Moscow is behind the attacks.
August 16, 2012 Russian authorities are investigating a reclusive Islamic sect said to have lived in subterranean burrows without electricity for 10 years. Officials have taken some 20 children away from the group in a case that pits religious freedom against wider social values.
August 1, 2012 Anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny is accused of stealing from a state-owned company in a case that critics say is part of a growing crackdown on dissent. The charges may serve only to heighten the popularity of the 36-year-old lawyer and blogger.
June 30, 2012 European nations have pledged to cut off oil imports from Iran beginning Sunday, tightening the sanctions that target Iran's nuclear program. Iran is expected to feel the squeeze — but the move could also push up world oil prices.
June 27, 2012 A female punk-rock band staged a provocative political protest in February at Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral. Three women have now been jailed for months, and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church is demanding harsh punishment in a case that's become a national issue.
June 19, 2012 The death toll keeps rising in Syria. But after a decade of fighting in the broader region, the U.S. and other Western countries have shown no interest in military action this time.
June 1, 2012 A slower U.S. economy is hurting demand for Chinese exports at a time when China's own economic growth is cooling down. And European leaders see the U.S. jobless numbers as bad political news.
May 18, 2012 The Greek economy depends heavily on tourism. The crisis seems to be scaring away visitors, which would deal the economy another blow. But could the crisis create a bargain for travelers who would simultaneously be giving the Greek economy a boost?
May 15, 2012 The latest terrorism scare, like so many others, involved a plot to blow up an airplane. While it seems many terrorist groups are fixated on planes, there are also signs that they're now looking for easier targets that can cause catastrophic damage.