Political geography
  • Former head of intelligence Nicolo Pollari and deputy had been expected to serve up to 10 years for abduction of Muslim cleric in collaboration with U.S.

    US student Amanda Knox's former Italian lover Raffaele Sollecito (2nd L) and his father (R) leave the Florence courthouse on November 6, 2013 after his and Knox's retrial for the November 2, 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
    LAST UPDATE : Feb 24, 2014, 3:18 PM EST
  • Supporters of Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate at the end of the second day of voting in Egypt's constitutional referendum in the Shubra district on January 15, 2014 in Cairo, Egypt.

    Revised document draws massive support in poll some see as unbalanced, paving way for extended military rule.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 16, 2014, 4:58 PM EST
  • In this March 13, 2013 file photo, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington.

    The brazen abduction of Ali Zidan — apparently in retaliation for the U.S. special forces' raid that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect  — reflected the deep chaos and lawlessness gripping Libya.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 10, 2013, 9:09 AM EDT
  • South Korean navy underwater demolition team personnel march during the 65th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day ceremony at Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.

    South Korea displayed its longest-range missile capable of striking all of North Korea, a display of force meant to show Pyongyang that any provocation would be met with strong retaliation.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 02, 2013, 8:34 AM EDT