World features

In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hope and hunger

07 Feb 2016
As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious maize wrapped in a brightly colored cloth and balanced on her head.   Because of drought in Malawi and across southern Africa the grain has doubled in...

As Myanmar powerbrokers talk, could Suu Kyi emerge as president?

06 Feb 2016
As Aung San Suu Kyi's lawmakers smiled for the cameras at the first sessions of Myanmar's parliament, a summit of generals convened at a base just minutes from the chamber. On every mind was the same question: who will be the...

Haiti vote delay a 'step backward,' UN official says

31 Jan 2016
With a political vacuum now a real possibility in Haiti after presidential and legislative elections were postponed indefinitely, Sandra Honore, chief of the UN's MINUSTAH mission, rejected accusations of international interference....

Homesick and fed up: Iraqi refugees in Germany head home

29 Jan 2016
It's a change of heart that Iraqi immigrant Sekvan Agho never saw coming.   Agho was among the wave of nearly 1.1 million asylum-seekers who came to Germany last year seeking a new life, making his way from his native Iraq to...

Exclusive: White House dropped $10 mn claim in Iran prisoner deal

27 Jan 2016
Nader Modanlo was facing five more years in federal prison when he got an extraordinary offer: US President Barack Obama was ready to commute his sentence as part of this month's historic and then still-secret prisoner swap with Iran....

Pakistan's thin red line: armed teachers in classrooms

24 Jan 2016
Headmaster Naveed Gul walked past the armed guard at the gate into his office. As primary school pupils studied their morning lessons outside, he reached beneath his warm woolly sweater, and pulled out a gun.   "This is an M20...

The unorthodox path of a Ukrainian Jew in the 'new' Ukraine

24 Jan 2016
Asher Cherkasskiy lived a modest life in peaceful southern Ukraine, observing Orthodox Jewish custom and putting his three children through religious school.   But when war against pro-Russian insurgents broke out in 2014, everything...

10 things to know about the race for the White House

© AFP / by Brigitte Dusseau | Republican presidential contender Donald Trump made the traditional primary-season pilgrimage to the New Hampshire state house to file ballot papers on November 4, 2015
23 Jan 2016
Residents of the US heartland state of Iowa will cast the first votes in the presidential nominations process on February 1, ahead of the November 8 election.   Here are 10 key things to know about the US presidential campaign:...

Security experts fear 'European 9/11' in the coming year

09 Jan 2016
Just a week into the year, France has already been rattled by an attempted attack on a police station, but counter-terrorism officials have far graver fears for Europe in 2016. November's attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were...

Taming North Korea: A losing struggle?

07 Jan 2016
North Korea's latest nuclear test poses a stark challenge to the international community which, analysts say, will struggle to come up with a concerted, effective response, despite the chorus of global outrage at Pyongyang's move...