An exhausted man disembarks from a dinghy on a beach next to the town of Mytilene, after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from the Turkey's coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on  Dec. 6, 2015.  (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Aid workers in Greece overwhelmed by refugees

"It's a situation that will change your life completely." The paved road began to turn to gravel as the van carrying Rasha Abousalem neared the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos. Neither Abousalem, the...
A Russian woman drinks wine watching the premiere of documentary 'Crimea. A way home' (also known as 'Crimea. Homeward bound') by Andrei Kondrashov aired on Russian state television in Moscow, March 15, 2015. In the documentary produced by Russian state television on the annexation of Crimea, Puitin stated it was his idea to bring Crimea back to Russia.  (EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV)

Russia’s infowars strategy

The U.S. is a "colonial" power seeking to dominate Ukraine. A Dutch investigation of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine is "biased, low-quality, full of omissions." Al-Qaida is a...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses people from southeastern Turkey, in Ankara Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Presidential Press Service, Pool )

Turkey’s tense poll

Fighting with the Kurds and ISIS terror are just the beginning of Turkey's problems Whatever government is formed after Turkey’s Nov. 1 parliamentary election, it will confront a country in the midst of a...
Hungarian police use water cannons on migrants at the Horgos 2 border crossing between Serbia and Hungary, Sept. 16, 2015. (EPA/Tamas Soki)

Migrant tide tests Hungary’s hospitality, politics

As Orban speaks of an "attack" on Christianity; other Hungarians are more welcoming Szeged, Hungary -- Hungary’s international reputation is again taking a bruising, as images of Hungarian police shooting...
Pope Francis waves as he celebrates Mass in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12, 2015. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Is Pope Francis a radical?

The pope has changed the Catholic Church's tone, if not its doctrine. He's been variously described as “the great reformer,” the “most interesting man in the world,” and most provocatively,  a...
Far right Pegida supporters demonstrate in the city center of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Feb. 28, 2015. (EPA/Lindsey Parnaby)

Far right groups flex muscle in U.K.

Beyond UKIP, a host of smaller British fringe groups seek traction The recent mass-shooting at a historically African-American church in Charleston, S.C. has focused U.S. attention on the persistence of...
Angelo Albanesi, left, and Pier Giorgio De Simone wait for their civil union being registered by a municipality officer during a ceremony in Rome's Campidoglio Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Rome's municipality registered some of 20 couples after the Capitol Hill assembly deliberated Jan. 2015, the creation of a civil unions' single register. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

After Irish yes, Italy eyes gay unions

Lawmakers lag public opinion in country with no civil unions, same-sex marriage After Irish voters overwhelmingly approved same-sex marriage last month, the next battleground in Europe is clear:...