This week former Fugees musician Wyclef Jean declared he would run for the presidency in Haiti, and supermodel Naomi Campbell testified at a war-crimes trial in The Hague. Last month Lindsay Lohan found herself in the middle of a story about the imminent stoning of an Iranian woman. So is it a good thing when celebrities wander into the middle of serious issues?
The former Fugee touts programs put forward by Bill Clinton in the aftermath of the quake. But the Port-au-Prince–born singer, who is running on the Viv Ansanm party ticket, has an uphill battle to prove to Haiti and the world that he can make the transition from musician to national leader.
The supermodel took her turn at former Liberian president Charles Taylor's war-crimes trial and admitted the dictator gave her a bag of 'small, dirty-looking stones.' Prosecutors hope to show that Taylor lied under oath when he said that he never had any diamonds.
Britain's university Islamic societies have a reputation for fostering extremism among young male students, and have produced several alleged terrorists. Now, according to those who track extremist activities, they're targeting women, too, the BBC reports.
In June, the North Korean soccer team dropped out of the World Cup without a point after conceding 12 goals in three games. Since the players returned home, they have been publicly shamed, according to reports. The manager has been forced to become a construction worker, and there are fears for his safety.
The U.S. military has already accused WikiLeaks of having "the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family" on its hands after leaking 92,000 classified documents. The Taliban has now confirmed it is poring through the documents, and intends to hunt down and punish any suspected spies named.
Earlier this week it emerged that prison officials in northern Mexico had allegedly let drug-gang assassins out repeatedly—and supplied them with weapons and trucks—to massacre 35 people. Now journalists covering the story have been kidnapped.
Shirley Sherrod, the US Department of Agriculture worker who was ousted after Andrew Breitbart released a video selectively edited to make it appear as if she had made racist remarks, has announced that she will sue the conservative blogger.
Earlier this month, Iranian human-rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei helped draw the world's attention to his client, a woman who faced imminent stoning for adultery. Now, according to human-rights activists, he is in hiding himself for fear of retribution.
Staffers at a Mexican prison are accused of releasing inmates and giving them high-powered assault rifles and official vehicles so they can work as hit squads for drug cartels, and massacre rivals and civilians.
News that the U.S. and South Korea will hold joint military drills just days after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled sanctions against North Korea prompted a threat of retaliation from Pyongyang.
An international network that regulates the trade in blood diamonds will allow Zimbabwe —accused of torture, killings, and forced labor at its biggest diamond field—to begin selling stones once more.
Argentina recognized the legitimacy of gay marriage this week. Last week a judge in Boston struck down legislation that prevents such equal rights in the U.S. A look at the statistics shows a seemingly inexorable move toward recognizing same-sex marriage.
North Korea has long boasted of its universal health-care system. But interviews Amnesty International conducted with defectors from the country paint a far more gruesome picture.
Company insiders, past and present, say the Deepwater Horizon disaster was not a mystery. They describe a risk-taking culture spanning decades where profits come before safety, and whistle-blowers are intimidated, pressured out, or fired. And though Hayward had promised to make the company safer when he became CEO in 2007, the pressure to cut costs has only intensified under his leadership as the oil company struggled to please shareholders.
In the largest operation of its kind in 15 years, police officials have arrested more than 300 suspected mafia figures in Italy and the U.S. after bugging a dry cleaner owned by a suspected gangster.
An American detained for crossing into North Korea has tried to commit suicide while imprisoned in one of the country's brutal gulags. But he may not be the only U.S. citizen in the country.
Three men arrested on terror charges in Norway today, after a year long investigation, were described as having "links to people abroad who can be linked to Al Qaeda." Indeed, the Bin Laden brand is still often attached to Islamic terrorists and wannabes. But what, in a new era for Islamic terror, does it mean?
The GOP Senate nominee says she would counsel pregnant incest victims to keep the child and "make a lemon situation into lemonade."