The Supreme Court in India has issued a new law allowing transgender people to change their gender on official documents to reflect their gender identity – why are so many European countries still several steps behind?
Trapped by the Cold War and scarred after a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against polio.
The problem is that many feel they have to pick a side. But we know that cultures are not as fixed and unchanging as powerful advocates within them may like to make out.
It was by accident, not by design, that the UK avoided being drawn into the sectarian vortex of Syria.
The country has embraced e-commerce since a series of tax reforms in the Noughties, despite stifling bureaucracy.
Big coastal cities do not always get good coverage, let alone the outback.
The Afghan presidential election has been declared a success – but as the west finalises its pull-out, what the country's prospects?
President Assad’s Instagram account is one of the more surreal examples of the use of social networking in the Syrian war.
Separatists in Donetsk and elsewhere are harking back to the 18th century territory of Novorossiya, as Moscow seems to be making moves to federalise Ukraine.
Why is Labour not yet talking about responsible capitalism in a global context?
Twenty years after the genocide, Rwandans are finding ways to reconciliation. But it’s too soon for the nations and institutions that failed to help to forgive themselves.
Twenty years on, we still struggle to comprehend the trauma.
As Turkey goes to the polls, the televised speeches from rallies are far from polite.
Wendy Davis shot to fame in 2012 after her 13-hour filibuster to stop a particularly vicious anti-abortion bill. But can she convert that kind of recognition into victory in the race to be governor of Texas?
Europe should not underestimate the Russian threat, argues historian and professor of international relations Brendan Simms. We must show how seriously we take Putin’s assault on Ukraine by working towards unification and moral and military rearmament.
Eurosceptics harp on about the need for democracy. But the Swiss, like the Norwegians and the Icelanders, choose to eat food from a table at which they have no seat.
In the wake of the Ukraine crisis a rampant chauvinism has been unleashed, while sanctions on Russia have created the kind of atmosphere dictators love.
Around 1,500 cases are recorded every year but the real figure is probably far higher.
Good news for Ukip, bad news for Labour.
For most of his thirties, Cambodia's brutal dictator worked as a French teacher in Phnom Penh and his students adored him.
If you’re a Scene Lesbian, whenever you’re abroad, you feel obligated to have a quick look at what gays do for fun wherever you are.
The former leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance talks about the fallout from Madiba’s death on the rainbow nation.
The events in Ukraine are Putin’s payback for what he considers to be a quarter-century of humiliation since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Several Egyptian TV channels yesterday welcomed the sentencing to death of 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters in a flawed two-day trial. Are Egyptians sleepwalking into one of the darkest chapters in their recent political history?
In a world where we expect everyone to be accounted for, missing people enter into the realm of fiction.
A new documentary sheds light on the role played by Jean-Yves Ollivier, a secretive French businessman, in bringing peace to South Africa. But what does it tell us about the mechanics of conflict resolution?
The legislation outlawing FGM was introduced in 1985, but there were no prosecutions until last week. Why?
The world waits to see how far the fire that has been lit by Russia’s invasion of Crimea will spread in Ukraine and elsewhere.
The fearless Kenyan writer talks about the “lost” coming-out chapter from his memoir and the response in Africa and elsewhere.
The EU is the world’s largest humanitarian donor, and it is facing a funding gap of almost half a billion euros.