Recently declassified records show how both the British and the Chinese benefitted from the territory's unsettled status, even while today's protests hint that it can't last forever.
Agricultural production is at record levels—and that could make the planet less stable.
The statistics reveal a fragile state within a superpower.
Mainland Chinese, organized crime, and business interests counter the Umbrella Revolution
In its English-language magazine, the organization issues a religious justification for its treatment of the Yazidis.
"Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community," bishops wrote in a report recently released from Rome.
The country's intensifying efforts to redraw maritime borders have its neighbors, and the U.S., fearing war. But does the aggression reflect a government growing in power—or one facing a crisis of legitimacy?
One foundation's struggle to rescue intellectuals from the Nazis—while leaving others behind
The Rockefeller Foundation's Judith Rodin on saving European scholars and building more resilient societies.
At the Vatican's synod on the family this week, bishops have suggested that the theological idea of graduality can help the Church reframe its approach to sexuality. What does this mean?
The discovery of mass graves prompts charges that officials hired cartel hit men to go after rivals.
Behind a West African success story
How reporting on the disease from West Africa compares with covering war
30 percent of Brazilian candidates must be women. But far fewer actually get elected.
Malala Yousafzai, a Muslim, and Kailash Satyarthi, a Hindu, are the co-winners for 2014.
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes's crimes led to at least 8,000 deaths.
How Syria overwhelmed an overcentralized White House
What did travelers know about the attack?
Compared with other Europeans, Spaniards are way more likely to live in apartment buildings, thanks in part to the autocratic regime of Francisco Franco.
Citizens are more eager to stamp out corruption when their own money is on the line.