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Shinzo Abe: political survivor dogged by health issues

Apo - Shinzo Abe has smashed records as Japan's longest-serving prime minister, championing ambitious economic reform while weathering scandals. But he has once again been undone by his health.

Sri Lanka's former strongman makes dramatic comeback

Colombo - Sri Lanka's former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse, who was controversially sworn in as the new prime minister, is a charismatic leader whose human rights record had attracted widespread international censure.

Mentor, craftsman, friend: the victims of the Annapolis shooting

Annapolis - The five victims of the shooting Thursday at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland were described by colleagues as talented and knowledgeable local journalists and staff members who were committed to their work.

The writer inspiring Romania's protest movement at 101

Bucharest - Amid the almost daily crowds of anti-government protesters in the Romanian capital Bucharest, there's one name on the lips of many of those gathered outside government headquarters: the 101-year-old many of them see as their guiding light.

Janez Jansa: Slovenia's political survivor poised for another comeback

Ljubljana - War, corruption scandals, a spell in prison -- the career of veteran Slovenian centre-right leader Janez Jansa, leading in Sunday's election, has truly seen it all.

Anastasiades: Cyprus political veteran who fell short of peace deal

Nicosia - Conservative Nicos Anastasiades, elected for a second term as president of Cyprus Sunday, has steered the island out of an economic crisis but failed to clinch a deal to reunify his divided homeland.

Ratko Mladic: the 'Butcher of Bosnia' whose trial nears end

Belgrade - Ratko Mladic, whose war crimes trial reaches a climax next week, is a former Serb army commander whose brutish leadership during Bosnia's 1990s conflict was blamed for the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II.

Who's who in the race to be UN chief

New York - An ex-president, three former prime ministers, several ex-foreign ministers and even a part-time poet are all campaigning to become the next UN secretary-general.

Instagram beta update adds support for using multiple accounts

A beta update to Instagram has added official support for using multiple accounts. The feature lets you switch logins at will without having to sign-out and in again. It will be particularly useful for people who maintain several different profiles.

Merkel: From austerity priestess to 'Mother Angela'

Berlin - A Protestant pastor's daughter who grew up behind the Iron Curtain, Angela Merkel has made an unprecedented journey to become chancellor of Germany and the world's most powerful woman.

Oscar Pistorius: The 'broke and broken' Olympian

Johanesburg - At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon.

Facebook hit by another viral copy-and-paste privacy scam

Another Facebook privacy hoax is currently going viral on the social network, asking users to copy and paste a "privacy notice" to their profile if they want to avoid the social network charging $5.99 to retain access to private posts.

Wuhayshi, former Bin Laden aide who led Qaeda's Yemen arm

Dubai - Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the Al-Qaeda second-in-command who has been killed in a US drone strike, was a former aide of Osama bin Laden who tunnelled out of prison to take command of its Yemen arm.

Boyko Borisov: Bulgaria's karate-kicking comeback king

Sofia - Boyko Borisov, who said he wants to form Bulgaria's next government despite his party falling well short of a majority in Sunday's elections, is not someone to shy from a fight.

Nick Parker’s leadership key to turnaround for Bracken County Special

Brooksville - Bracken County running back and defensive back Nick Parker was named team captain for his football team this season. He hopes to lead his team to a turnaround from last year when they finished 2-9.

Profile of a Digital Journalist: How journalism changed Jonathan Farrell's life Special

Some people find journalism by accident, but for Jonathan Farrell, journalism found him, even if it took him a while to finally accept his calling.

Facebook will change your Profile to Timeline this fall

Whether people like it or not users of Facebook will have their profiles changed over to the new Timeline before the year is over.

Profile: NDP BC MLA Raj Chouhan

Burnaby - One of the most popular politicians in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia is Raj Chouhan. And that is no mean feat, considering the challenges and booby traps in the political field these days.

Northern Ohio Dog Adoption Profile: Lily

Cleveland - An American Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever mix, Lilly is a happy, healthy bundle of joy to everyone that she meets.

TweetPsych builds psychological profile of Twitter users

TweetPsych uses two linguistic analysis algorithms (RID and LIWC) to build a psychological profile of a person based on the content of their tweets.

£22,000 for a fake Facebook profile

A man sues his former school friend for creating a fake Facebook profile and wins the libel case with £22,000 to celebrate.

Sarkozy - 'France For Dummies' or a genuine cultural shift?

French President Nicholas Sarkozy is like an Anti-De Gaulle. He’s pro US, pro NATO, pro Israel, pro capitalism. He’s anti-immigration, anti-intellectual, and anti the 35 hour week. Surprisingly, the French haven’t already lynched him.

Blogging World Gives Voice to the Voiceless: A Profile of a Citizen Journalist

Diagnosed with larynx cancer, Carolyn Price (gohomelaker) lost her ability to speak. But with a penchant for writing and a nose for news, she became one of the most active citizen journalists on This is her story.

Profile Of A Citizen Journalist: Truths

So, I really do not have anything else to write about, so I figured I would tell all of you my story. What you will get is the truth. About my life. Where it has been, and where it is right now. Here you will learn about me.

From War-Torn Yugoslavia to a Web World: A Profile of a Citizen Journalist

Tea L. left the former Yugoslavia for Canada in pursuit of a future. Turning to extensive volunteer work and study, the hopeful med school student has also stepped into the growing realm of citizen journalism and left quite a footprint. This is her story.

Profile of Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army

A profile of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) of Uganda.

Stephane Dion's phony MySpace page gets pulled

Canadian Liberal Party Leader Stephane Dion was spoofed on a phony MySpace page.

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