Arabs, Tuaregs in Mali face hostility, report

MOPTI, Mali — Bawba Mint Baba Ahmed’s sewing teacher singled her out in front of the class, telling her: “You look like a rebel.” Others threatened to slit her throat, she says, drawing a finger across her neck. Now the 29-year-old has dropped out of school and spends her days hiding inside her mud-walled home

And the most corrupt nation this year is…

Corruption is a major threat across the globe, impacting citizen’s perceptions of their leaders and trust for their government, regardless of the level of development or economic ranking. Corruption can also play a role in political unrest, as seen around the world from the Middle East to China to Greece.

Nobel laureate warns of ‘somalisation’ of Syria

The man who helped bring independence to East Timor saw a dangerous mix in Syria, saying the rebels lacked democratic credentials and President Bashar al-Assad was determined to fight for the survival of himself and his community. “It is becoming a vicious civil war involving many – too many – outside interests, governments and non-state […]

Al-Qaeda threat greater now than on Sept.11, says ex-CIA agent

The man once charged with overseeing the CIA’s hunt of Osama bin Laden said Sunday that the threat posed by al Qaeda is greater now than at the time of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that bin Laden orchestrated. “We’ve killed some of the al Qaeda leaders and every dead al Qaeda leader is […]