Associated Press | Dec 11
Talk to the fist. Violence in Kiev spilled over to Georgia when a fight erupted in parliament over plans to support the Ukrainian opposition. What began as a shouting match quickly spread to nearly all members of parliament who piled on each other before security could break up the brawl.
Euronews | Dec 11
Argentines in the northern province of Tucuman try to bust in to the Governor's House demanding that authorities put a stop to looting. Many of the nation's 23 provinces have endured nights of chaos as looting mobs smashed through storefronts and fought over goods. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to beat back demonstrators.
Reuters | Dec 10
This is no joke, even though Canada's foreign affairs minister seems to be smirking through the announcement that his nation will submit plans to the UN arguing that the North Pole belongs to Canada. In response, President Vladimir Putin is vowing to boost Russia's military presence in the Arctic to protect his nation's interests.
Democracy Now! | Dec 10
Journalist Seymour Hersh is casting doubt on the veracity of the White House claims that only the Assad regime could have carried out the Syrian chemical attacks. The administration "cherry-picked intelligence" to justify a possible strike when officials knew al-Nusra front rebels also had the ability to produce chemical weapons, Hersh argues.
Telegraph.co.uk | Dec 10
Anti-government protesters scuffle with riot police near the presidential offices in Kiev as cops begin to dismantle barricades erected by demonstrators. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is giving no ground to protesters who want Kiev to move closer to the European Union -- and are now demanding his ouster.
Euronews | Dec 10
It took the death of Nelson Mandela to bring neighbors together, at least briefly. In a historic gesture, US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands at the Nelson memorial service, a flickering rapprochement between the leaders of two countries at loggerheads for more than half a century.
Tashweshgaza | Dec 9
It would be hilarious if it weren't so tragic. Gaza comedian Mahmoud Zuaiter pulls off a spoof of the viral ad of Jean-Claude van Damme doing a split between two moving Volvo trucks. Zuaiter laments the lack of electricity and water but adds that "doesn't make Van Damme better than me." He then mimics the stunt while pals push out-of-gas cars.
Channel 4 News | Dec 10
Nelson Mandela was an apartheid-killing "giant" who "moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world," President Obama declared to the cheers of thousands at Mandela's memorial service. Speaker after speaker moved South Africans to tears, dancing -- and jeers when their own president took the podium.
Euronews | Dec 9
Battalions of police are taking up positions to surround protesters in Kiev a day after a mob of angry demonstrators toppled a statue of Lenin in Kiev. The statue was brought down after opposition leaders told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich to step down.
Deutsche Welle English | Dec 9
World leaders and tens of thousands of South Africans are making preparations to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela Tuesday in Johannesburg's FNB Soccer Stadium. The presidents of Brazil, Namibia, India, Cuba, South Africa and the US will speak before a massive crowd that will include some 90 other heads of state.
The New York Times | Dec 9
China makes two-thirds of the world sex toys but is notoriously shy when it comes to talking about sex. That's changing. The New York Times visits the Guangzhou National Sex Culture Festival, peopled overwhelming with men in a nation frustrated by a dearth of women. One of the highlights? A blow-up condom-popping contest.
CNN | Dec 9
Negev Bedouin tribes are launching furious protests against Israeli plans to force some 40,000 to resettle. The tribes, which have roamed southern Israel for centuries, face forced relocation to two new communities, which officials insist is for their own good. "Negev land is Arab land," and "We will not leave our homes," protesters chanted.
The New York Times | Dec 6
Near Nelson Mandela's former home, South Africans remember his legacy as a freedom fighter. "Now he's gone it's like, 'What next? Where to from here?'," says law student Angie Ditsiso. "Like our name, Soweto: 'where to?' Where do we go?
Euronews | Dec 9
Is it too late to change the location of the World Cup? Watch as a Brazilian stadium is transformed into a vicious fight ring, stopping a key league match for more than an hour as police fire rubber bullets and tear gas into crowds of fighting fans of Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama in the southern city of Joinville.
ITN News | Dec 9
Rescuers wrap emergency blankets around the shoulders of Tunisian migrants saved at sea by the Italian navy and coast guard. More than 50 Tunisians hoping for a new life in Europe were plucked from their listing boat off the island of Pantelleria. Some 100 other migrants were also saved from another boat off Lampedusa, the Italian military reported.
LinkAsia | Dec 6
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come under fire for a controversial new bill that would set severe punishments for government workers who leak classified information and journalists who publish state secrets. LinkAsia's Toshi Maeda reports on the mounting backlash within Japan.
Newsy | Dec 6
The UN has passed a resolution to strengthen peacekeeping efforts in the Central African Republic. But the promised 2,000-3,000 troops falls well short of the 6,000-9,000 soldiers recommended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to quell violence in the country.
Voice of America | Dec 6
Thailand's current political crisis, with street protests that have left at least four people dead and hundreds injured, has been years in the making. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok examines the underlying issues driving the protests.
Nelson Mandela Foundation via UN | Dec 5
Nelson Mandela is dead at age 95. "Our nation has lost its greatest son," announces South African President Jacob Zuma. This short documentary about his life and legacy, follows him from his rural upbringing to his election as South Africa's first black president and beyond. "I was not born with a hunger to be free," wrote Mandela in his autobiography. "I was born free."
LinkAsia | Dec 6
Tarun Tejpal, founder and editor of leading investigative magazine Tehelka, was arrested for sexual assault against a young female colleague. LinkAsia's Ajoy Bose reports from New Delhi that the upcoming trial could be the first real test of India's new stringent anti-rape laws.