Cuba's Catholic churches have become battlegrounds against pro-democratic movements, as the Ladies in White, a dissident group composed of mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters of political prisoners, insist on practicing their religion publicly. This has resulted in a larger number of arrests every week for the transgression.
The United States has announced a program to help the Colombian government rebuild areas of the country ravaged by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist terror group whose half-century of violence in the nation's rural areas has significantly hindered the nation's progress.
Before Australian physician Tareq Kamleh became the star of the latest Islamic State propaganda video, encouraging other professionals in the West to join the jihad in Iraq and Syria, he was a womanizing "creep" whom former colleagues claimed struggled with balancing his religion and rampant promiscuity.
The Turkish government announced it had captured 350 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from the port region of Mersin to Italy or the greater EU.
Months after accepting a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, the Islamic State has released propaganda through its social media outlets in which the Nigerian group refers to itself as "Islamic State West Africa Province" (ISWAP), suggesting their merger is finally complete.
Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has come under fire after a tweet appeared on his official account in which he promised to gift a Bentley vehicle to every Saudi pilot conducting airstrikes against Shiite Houthi targets in Yemen. The tweet was swiftly deleted, and Saudi media claimed it was the product of a "hack."
A Venezuelan woman has been identified as the culprit of an attack on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro this week, in which he was pelted in the head with a mango while driving a truck through a socialist rally. The video of the attack has gone viral, inspiring the hashtag #manguicidio or #mangocide.
The Nigerian Senate is contemplating bringing Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to the International Criminal Court for remarks in which he called immigrants to South Africa "ants" and "head lice," remarks believed to have triggered a growing wave of xenophobic violence in that country.
The Chadian military has rescued 43 children from the Nigerian town of Damasak who had been abducted and prepared to serve as child soldiers for the jihadist Boko Haram terror group. The Nigerian military is currently embroiled in a struggle in the Sambisa forest, the last known stronghold of the terror group in the nation.
A Wall Street Journal report claims that Chinese government officials have warned the United States that the rogue regime of Kim Jong-un in North Korea may already be armed with as many as 20 nuclear warheads, and has uranium enriching capacities far more efficient than previously thought.
On the eve of the commemoration of the 1915 Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire, a Turkish professor is suggesting that Turkish forces had nothing to do with the slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians, and that the Armenians disguised themselves as Turks to kill their own people.
The Kenyan government has arrested Hassan Mahat Omar, an Islamic cleric accused for years of supporting and recruiting for the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, for his role in helping fundraise to orchestrate the attack on Garissa University that left 148 Christian students dead earlier this month.
The banning of private gun ownership in Venezuela has made firearms such a valuable commodity that 57% of police killed in the nation's capital this year were targeted for their weapons, according to Venezuela's largest newspaper.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro met the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, in Damascus in 2007 to discuss "drug trafficking, money laundering, the distribution of arms and issuing of passports... to terrorists," according to a new book citing witnesses and Venezuelan diplomatic cables.
Sierra Leone has experienced a dramatic fall in the number of Ebola cases in the nation over the past month, prompting the government to reopen schools and attempt to return civilians to normal daily life. Much has changed in the past year due to the outbreak, including the population of stray dogs, which has doubled to an estimated half a million.
While the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean Sea has captured the world's attention after more than 800 people drowned in a capsized ship headed to Italy last week, a parallel situation has begun to unravel in the Aegean, with more than 100 mostly Syrian refugees drowning in the last 48 hours as they attempted to reach Greece.
This week, the Venezuelan government announced a series of manufacturing and infrastructure investments from China that could ultimately amount to up to $20 billion in ten years, though China only agreed to an initial $5 billion in “development” funds this Sunday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, on a visit to a Muslim center in Maryland, claimed that President Barack Obama had agreed to the construction of a Turkish-funded mosque in the state, and may even attend the opening himself. The White House has denied that any such opening is on the President's schedule.
The leadership of Greece's nationalist Golden Dawn party went to court Monday for the first day of what is expected to be a long trial of unprecedented scope for the nation. Golden Dawn's leadership, who have exhibited Neo-Nazi sympathies, are being accused of running a criminal organization masked as a political party.
The South African government has announced the arrest of more than 300 people accused of partaking in violence against immigrants and refugees in the country, after mob attacks have left seven dead and prompted at least two other African countries to repatriate their citizens, fearing for their safety.
FBI Director James Comey has prompted the U.S. Ambassador to Poland to issue an apology to that nation for remarks in which he implied that Poland was partially to blame for the Holocaust, and not exclusively a victim of Nazi Germany during its occupation.
The Kenyan government has broken ground on a new wall that will span a large swatch of the border between Kenya and Somalia. While the project had been announced in March, Kenyan authorities appear to have expedited the groundbreaking in response to the terrorist attack at Garissa University.
The State Department announced this week that it has received a guarantee from the Cuban government to enter a bilateral dialogue to discuss the extradition of American fugitives out of Cuba to serve their criminal sentences, as well as dialogue with Spain regarding Cuba providing safe haven to members of the Basque terrorist group ETA. The Cuban government has yet to publicly comment on the State Department's claims.
A senior advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkey was declared "retired" today after having called the death of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks in 1915 a "genocide" and praising Pope Francis for condemning those who deny the genocide took place.
The Spanish government has lodged a formal complaint with Venezuela's ambassador to Madrid after President Nicolás Maduro accused Spanish President Mariano Rajoy of being a "racist" in a national broadcast, adding, "In Spain, they are all racists."