How Much Do You Know About Turkey's 'Twitter Trial'?

Amnesty International | Apr 16, 2014

In Turkey, 29 men and women are about to go on trial for Twitter messages they sent during the Gezi Protests last June. This is another ugly step in the Turkish government’s increasingly intense war on dissent. It is important to let the government – as well as those on trial – know that the whole world is watching.

China 'Frustrated' By What It Sees As US Efforts To Contain It In Asia

South China Morning Post | Apr 16, 2014

From territorial disputes in two of Asia's major seas to the nuclear crisis in North Korea, Chinese and US officials have exchanged sharp words - a trend that analysts say has heightened China's frustration over what it perceives as intensifying efforts to contain its rise.

Morocco Expands Clout in Sub-Saharan Africa

Al Jazeera | Apr 16, 2014

The recent tour of King Mohamed VI of Morocco of a number of African countries was packed with symbolism. It was a reflection of the kingdom's recent drive to expand its economic and political influence across sub-Saharan Africa, and it showed how Morocco makes use of both historic ties in the region and the kingdom's trump card - the spiritual authority of the Moroccan throne.

China, Russia Seek 'Enhanced Mutual Political Support'

The Diplomat | Apr 16, 2014

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, was in China Tuesday. During his visit, Lavrov held meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as well as President Xi Jinping. According to a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Lavrov’s visit was primarily designed to “lay the groundwork” for President Vladimir Putin’s scheduled visit to China in May.

Putin Says Ukraine 'On Verge of Civil War'

RFE/RL | Apr 16, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Ukraine is "on the verge of civil war." The Kremlin said Putin made the comment in a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the situation there.

Cuban Doctors in Eye of Venezuelan Hurricane

Associated Press | Apr 16, 2014

When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban doctors. 

All Aboard the Orient Express: Looking Back at the Golden Age of Train Travel

The Daily Beast | Apr 15, 2014

Since its early days, train travel has been shrouded in an aura of romanticism. It has become emblematic of a bygone era of epic voyages, adventures, and discovery—the excitement and possibility of accessing vast new territories.

'State in 60 Seconds' Video -- Sports Diplomacy and the 'Beautiful Game'

DipNote | Apr 15, 2014

The Department of State will be the first U.S. stop for FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola preceding the FIFA World Cup™ tournament in Brazil, which begins June 12. The United States will be among the countries fielding a team in the tournament.

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