World features

India bets on genetically modified rapeseed crop for a second green revolution

An Indian scientist points to a patch of genetically modified (GM) rapeseed crop under trial in New Delhi February 13, 2015.
24 Feb 2015
On a fenced plot not far from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home, a field of mustard is in full yellow bloom, representing his government's reversal of an effective ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) food...

Fear and silence in Libya as divisions deepen

© AFP/File | Members of a brigade headed by field commander Salah Bogheib and loyal to Khalifa Haftar hold up their guns as they fight alongside Libyan army troops against Islamist gunmen in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on December 17, 2014
17 Feb 2015
On the surface life looks normal in the Libyan capital. Cafes are bustling with customers sipping cappuccino, while well-stocked shops sell anything from Italian underwear to French cheese. But as in the days of Muammar Gaddafi, many...

Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, prepare to board a bus in Baghdad, 20 June 2014.
15 Feb 2015
aint Michael, the archangel of battle, is tattooed across the back of a U.S. army veteran who recently returned toIraq and joined a Christian militia fighting Islamic State in what he sees as a biblical war between good and evil....

Is climate change fuelling war?

11 Feb 2015
For years, scientists and security analysts have warned that global warming looms as a potential source of war and unrest. Storms, droughts, floods, and spells of extreme heat or exceptional cold: all can destroy wealth, ravage harvests,...

Misrata feels economic pinch as Libyan infighting spreads

Libyan Red Crescent workers prepare parcels of food aid to be delivered to civilians fleeing violence in the eastern city of Benghazi, in Misrata November 4, 2014.
29 Jan 2015
 A power struggle between two rival governments that threatens to tear Libya apart has started to take its toll on Misrata, an important shipping and industrial hub that had shrugged off the turmoil until now. Production at the...

Michelle Obama ‘not impressed’ by Saudi Arabia visit

28 Jan 2015
The British Daily Mail pointed out that US First Lady Michelle Obama did not seem “impressed” by her visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, judging by her “grim face” as she had to step back as Saudi...

Belgian police kill two in raid on suspected Islamists

Belgian police inspect an apartment in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium January 15, 2015. 
15 Jan 2015
Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch "terrorist attacks on a grand scale". Coming a week...

Jihadists wage high-tech war to win Western recruits

French soldier patrols near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of the highest level of "Vigipirate" security plan after a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo January 7, 2015. 
14 Jan 2015
Jihadist groups tied to the men who attacked France's Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Paris kosher supermarket are waging an increasingly sophisticated propaganda campaign targeting Western recruits, experts say. Organisations ranging...

Paper: Pope calls for more market regulation, denies he is Marxist

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, November 26, 2014.
11 Jan 2015
Pope Francis has called for more regulation of financial markets and rejected suggestions that his criticisms of unbridled capitalism smack of Marxism. "Markets and financial speculation cannot enjoy absolute autonomy," he said...

German anti-Islamic rallies may grow on terror fears

© DPA/AFP/File / by Yannick Pasquet | Supporters of the right-wing populist group PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) march during a rally in Dresden, eastern Germany, on January 5, 2015
10 Jan 2015
Germany's new anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement plans to rally again on Monday, when analysts expect its ranks to swell by thousands following this week's bloody jihadist violence in France. Leaders of the so-called "Patriotic...