North Korea’s nuclear gambit [program]

Sixty-four years ago, a ceasefire brought a halt to the Korean War and left Korea divided. But in recent weeks the frozen conflict on the Korean peninsula threatened to re-erupt over the North’s nuclear...

Brazil engulfed by corruption probes [program]

If you think the investigation into possible collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign has been a blow to the U.S. political system, consider Brazil.  There, President Michel Temer and every single...

Gay rights in China

Homosexuality may not be illegal in China, but LGBT people in the world's most populous country often live their lives in the shadows. By one estimate, as many as 80 percent of the country's 20 million gay...

The business of poaching

Might your children or grandchildren someday live in a world without rhinoceroses or African elephants? The chances of that are probably higher than you might guess. There are just 350,000 elephants...

For Israel, mixed legacy from Six-Day War victory

Fifty years ago this week, Israelis were riding high. In just six days, the Jewish state’s army had won a stunning victory over the combined militaries of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Israel more than tripled in...

Qatar feud risks Gulf instability

On the surface, the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar has much in common with Saudi Arabia and the other monarchies of the Arabian peninsula. Hydro-carbons have made it enormously wealthy, and it’s...

Renewed threat from chemical, biological weapons

In April, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's air force dropped bombs containing sarin nerve gas on a rebel area in northern Syria. Around 100 people were killed and hundreds more injured, including a number of...