Putin greets ‘rigged’ election victory with tears
Russia’s most powerful man, Vladimir Putin, has won the presidency for the third time. But this time his victory is marred by protests that threaten to bring an end to his corrupt rule.
Death of a tyrant sparks nuclear fears
After 17 years of power, North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-il, has died. His cruel, often bizarre rule will be continued by his son – but what does the future hold for his country?
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?
How the West protected the Arab dictators
Torture instruments and secret files are being discovered in Egypt. They raise tough questions for Western powers that turned a blind eye for many years.
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?
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?