It was once Libya's most forbidding place, the sprawling family compound where Muammar Gaddafi and senior regime figures lived behind impenetrable concrete walls. The Bab al-Aziziya complex in the centre of Tripoli was a city within a city, housing a network of underground tunnels, barracks and camouflaged villas.
"Do you understand that you were nearly born in jail?" Nelson Mandela once wrote to his daughter, Zenani. "Not many people have had your experience of having been in jail before you were born."
Federalists in eastern Libya attacked several polling stations on Saturday as the country voted in the historic first election since last year's revolution and the death of Muammar Gaddafi.
Facebook has apologised after it mistakenly deleted a free speech group's post on human rights abuses in Syria.
The Tlass family was a privileged linchpin of the Assad regime that bound ruling Alawites and the Sunni elite together in an alliance of self-interest.
Class conflict once seemed so straightforward.
After 12 years and hundreds of hours of testimony an Argentine court is finally poised to pass judgment on former dictators accused of orchestrating the "theft" of hundreds of babies born to political prisoners in the 1970s.
Enrique Peña Nieto's victory in Mexico's presidential election amid a raging drug war opens a new and uncertain chapter in relations with the US. Some in Washington fear the return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico until 2000, will turn the clock back to an era of cosy deals with drug cartels and fraught relations with the gringos.
François Hollande, Europe's chief critic of one-size-fits-all austerity measures, is facing the headache of inescapable belt-tightening at home after a national audit confirmed that France has a gaping hole in its budget and will struggle to meet its deficit-reduction targets.