Democracy on the brink in Ivory Coast
In West Africa, Ivory Coast is moving towards civil war after a disputed election. What happens there will be an omen for the fate of democracy across the troubled continent.
Presidential panic as Syrian revolution spreads
Syria's President Assad is clinging to power by announcing huge reforms at the same time as cracking down on dissent. And yet the protest continues to grow.
We protest! But is the UK government bothered?
They came from as far afield as Cornwall and Inverness, including mother and toddler groups and violent anarchists. But do demonstrations make a difference?
A new start: can Egypt handle democracy?
Protesters in Egypt want immediate democratic rule, but some in the West say the country's not ready, and real change must come more gradually.
World’s worst autocracies named and explained
Authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are under threat, as a people's revolt in Tunisia spreads. But who are the world's worst autocrats?
Police in dock over phone hacking fury
Police have announced a new investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World. But why did it take them so long to get on the case?
Blood, pain and tweets in Tunisian revolt
After weeks of unrest in Tunisia, the President of twenty-three years has fled abroad. But can violence and chaos ever bring democratic change?
Political murder disrupts Pakistan.
A campaigner for Pakistan’s democracy has been shot dead by one of his own bodyguards, who thought the moderate politician was wrong to favour free speech over religion.
Cheap as chips? Not any more, warns the UN
The UN has issued a warning about poverty, malnutrition and the rising cost of food. What’s pushing up the prices? And can we avoid a global disaster?
The price of sexist insults versus the wounds of war
The award of a potential £575,000 to a policewoman for years of sexist abuse has unleashed a storm of indignation from war veterans and popular newspapers.
The lost millions: 43.3m are now displaced worldwide
It’s Refugee Week, and the number of displaced people is at its highest for 20 years, with 80% housed in developing countries. Is Britain shirking its responsibility?