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Japan Revisits Its Official Pacifist Policy

Japan's constitution has banned a military force since the end of World War Two, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently proposed a tough new national security strategy. David Greene talks to Tamzin Booth, Tokyo bureau chief for The Economist, about Japan's defense initiative.

Alan Turing, Who Cracked War Code, Receives Posthumous Pardon

British mathematician Alan Turing, who cracked the Nazi code during World War II, has been pardoned posthumously. He committed suicide in 1954 after being convicted of "gross indecency" with another man. David Greene talks to British MP Iain Stewart, who led the push to get Turing pardoned.

Power Struggle Fuels Violence In South Sudan

The United States is trying to broker a political solution between the combatants in South Sudan where violence threatens to explode into civil war. The fighting is between forces loyal to President Salva Kir and those who follow Kir's former deputy, Riak Machar.

Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013

It's easy to get discouraged by a constant stream of bad news about unemployment, crime, war and political dysfunction. You might think we humans can't do anything right. But good news: We can. Here are a few areas of real progress in the U.S. and around the world.

Alan Turing, Who Cracked Nazi Code, Gets Posthumous Pardon

The British mathematician, also considered the father of modern computing, committed suicide in 1954 after being convicted of "gross indecency" with another man.

With Its Economy Hobbled, Greece's Well-Educated Drain Away

Since the start of its financial crisis, Greece has been exporting some of its most highly trained professionals. Thanos Ntoumanis is just one of thousands of medical professionals who have left their struggling homeland for jobs in Western Europe.

Al-Qaida Group Admits 'Mistake And Guilt' For Botched Raid

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula says one of its fighters disobeyed orders and targeted a hospital during an attack on Yemen's Defense Ministry complex.

Mikhail Kalashnikov, Inventor Of The AK-47, Dead At 94

The inventor of the iconic AK-47 automatic rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died. Kalashnikov's simple, durable and easily maintained gun became the world's most popular rifle, with more than 100 million in circulation. Kalashnikov was modest about his invention, saying he created it solely for the defense of the motherland. Some analysts say his domination of Soviet and Russia weapons design actually kept the country from entering the modern age of small arms.

Fighting, Fears Escalate In South Sudan

The United Nations' chief is calling for additional peacekeepers for South Sudan where fighting between forces loyal to the president and those loyal to his former deputy is spiraling.

How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight'

Most of the wealthy Gulf emirates prefer to keep a low profile. Not Qatar. Over the past two decades, it has aggressively pursued high-profile projects such as launching the Al Jazeera satellite network and winning a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.