Once, Kabul's Ghazi stadium was used by the Taliban for public punishment, like stoning women for adultery. Now it's where Afghanistan's first team of female boxers trains, aiming for gold in this summer's Olympic Games.
The torture endured by a 15-year-old newlywed allegedly at the hands of her husband and in-laws has shocked Afghan officials and the world alike.
As is now customary in the Internet age, there were plenty of videos that caught the public's imagination and spread like wildfire across social media in 2012.
The coming year has the international community watching the Arab world closely, with analysts focused on Egypt, a historically a powerful force in the region, for signs of things to come.
On January 1, Denmark takes over the rotating EU presidency for a six-month stint likely to focus on the continuing economic crisis in the teetering eurozone.
A centenarian living in a Chechen village might be the world's oldest living person.
In many ways, 2011 was the year Russian civil society woke up from its long slumber and found its voice -- powered by a newly politically conscious urban middle class.
Are physicists close to finding the "God particle?" Is there a speed faster than the speed of light? And could the Earth have a twin planet? Researchers were hot on the trail of those questions during the past year in science.
A global television audience has gotten a rare glimpse into life in North Korea, and many asked the same question -- are they genuinely so upset about the passing of Kim Jong Il?
Everyone makes mistakes, but most of us suffer our embarrassments in private. Not so people in the public eye, whose gaffes and missteps make instant headlines.
As the year draws to a close, the fate of the euro is much on people's minds. EU leaders have put in place a new plan to restore confidence in the currency. But will it be enough for the year ahead?
Piecing together the events that unfolded in the western Kazakh town of Zhanaozen on December 16, when a nine-month labor strike erupted into full-blown riots, is not easy. But one eyewitness describes the police abuse she saw.