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This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is an Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics. Sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online.


Search Engines, Gateways, and Aggregators
Directories of News Sources
Major News Sources with Global Coverage

International News Search Engines, Gateways, and Aggregators


Note: Specialized media sources for European Union news appear at the top of the European Union page of this Virtual Library. News media sources focusing on or originating in specific world regions appear at the top of the page of this Virtual Library dedicated to that region.

Bing News-- Major news search engine that is largely focused on the United States, but with a useful World section.

European Media Monitor Newsbrief-- Major world news aggregator sponsored by European Union agencies: "Novel and unique software that gathers reports from news portals world-wide in 60 languages, classifies the articles, analyses the news texts by extracting information from them, aggregates the information, issues alerts and produces intuitive visual presentations of the information found." Also see the EMM News Explorer.

Global Voices-- "An international, volunteer-led project that collects, summarizes, and gives context to some of the best self-published content found on blogs, podcasts, photo sharing sites, and videoblogs from around the world, with a particular emphasis on countries outside of Europe and North America." Note their Advox project that "reports on threats to online speech, shares tactics for defending the work and words of netizens, and supports efforts to improve Internet policy and practice worldwide."

Google Custom Search facility for all of the major newspapers in the United Kingdom, from Phil Bradley.

Google News-- Excellent portal draws news from thousands of English-language sources worldwide, using Google full-text search technology for constant real-time updating, allowing users to scan headlines and to search in depth. Has searchable archives. International versions of Google News allow country and language-specific searches.

NewsNow-- London-based news aggregator that constantly updates feeds from thousands of press and newsblog sources, with access by hundreds of topics and subtopics or by keyword search.

Noovell-- Aggregates "English-language news for all countries worldwide from more than 2,000 news sources," by world, by region, or by search, with a "Similar" feature that presents users with "a complete list of similar news stories published by other news sources on a given subject."

Spotlight on Military News and International Affairs-- Daily compendium of links to carefully selected items on security issues in the world press, from the Canadian Forces College.

Today's Front Pages-- Unusual offering from the Newseum (USA), today's front pages from hundreds of newspapers from scores of countries, "in their original, unedited form," enlargeable and with links to the web sites of those papers.

Watching America-- "Discover What the World Thinks About U.S." with English language translations of foreign press commentary about the United States and its foreign policy, from around the world and with links to the original sources.

WikiLeaks-- "Independent global group of people with a long standing dedication to the idea of a free press and the improved transparency in society that comes from this." Publishes a huge quantity of leaked and usually classified or restricted material from official government sources and large corporations around the world, often alongside related news stories. Well-organized and easily searched.

World News Network-- Highly-rated gateway to a very large number of World News Network online news sources worldwide (including specialized ones), by region, country, and topics of coverage, plus search capabilities for news items in many languages.

Worldcrunch-- "Delivers the best global journalism previously shut off from English language readers: selecting, translating and editing content from top foreign-language outlets."

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Directories of International News Sources

•  Abyz News Links-- Links to many thousands of newspapers and other news sources from around the world, those with news content of widespread interest.

•  Big Project-- From the UK, a large Internet directory of English-language newspapers worldwide.

•  Hot Newspapers-- Online newspapers from around the world, over 10,000, organized by region, country, city, state or province, and language.

•  Newspaperindex-- Presents the most important online newspapers in most countries of the world.

•  Online A global listing of thousands, by country, from Web Wombat, an Australian search engine company.

•  Paperboy-- Fine directory, with thousands of links to newspapers by prestige, country, front pages, and headlines.

•  World-Newspapers-- Directory of online English-language newspapers and news sites around the world, by country, plus magazines by type.

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Major International News Sources with Global Coverage

•  Agence France-Presse-- "Global news agency delivering fast, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology."

•  Al Jazeera-- "International news channel with over sixty bureaus around the world that span six different continents," with headquarters in Doha, Qatar. Recognized for its reporting on less-covered regions and topics.

•  BBC News Online-- World news from one of the most trusted sources, in print, audio, and video.

•  CNN Interactive--World News-- World news and weather from the Cable News Network, including special editions and several languages for the main world regions in CNN International.

•  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-- News from a prestigious source, with much audio and video available.

•  Economist-- The outstanding global news weekly from London. Note the useful Graphic Detail blog, with charts, maps, and infographics.

•  euronews-- Leading European news video channel, with international news, weather, features, and topic directories in several languages, from a European perspective.

•  The Guardian-- Leading British newspaper with global coverage.

•  International Business Times-- Fine source for global business news, with several country-based international editions available, in the respective languages.

•  Inter Press Service-- World news stressing developing countries, from a "global news agency producing independent news and analysis about events and global processes affecting the economic, social and political development of peoples and nations, especially in the [global] South."

•  Le Monde Diplomatique-- World-renown French language newspaper; this link is to the English-language edition, with archives.

•  New York Times-- Fine international section. Site features a free searchable archive of full-text NYT news items since 1981. Signing up for a free account gives you access to columnists, breaking news alerts, and daily alerts about headline news items in topics that you select from many options.

•  news4europe-- From the European Photopress Agency, focusing on events in Europe and on Europeans, but with global coverage.

•  Overseas Security Advisory Council-- From the U.S. Department of State, advisories on security-related issues around the world including "Travel Advisories, Public Announcements, daily security related news articles, overseas reports on security and crime incidents, terrorist group profiles, significant anniversary dates, general crime information for cities and countries, locations and contacts at U.S. posts overseas, and updates on new or unusual situations."

•  Project Syndicate-- "The world's opinion page... produces and delivers original high-quality commentaries to a global audience... we provide news media and their readers cutting-edge analysis and insight..." with contributions from prominent scholars, policymakers, activists, civic leaders, etc., from around the world.

•  Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting-- "Innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake. The Center focuses on under-reported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting and creating platforms that reach broad and diverse audiences."

•  Radio France International-- Website news from "French current affairs radio station that broadcasts worldwide in French and 12 foreign languages. It draws on the expertise of its Paris-based editorial teams and unique global network of 400 correspondents to provide news bulletins and features which give listeners the keys to understanding the world."

•  Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty-- "Daily report of developments in Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia, based on news gathered by the correspondents, services and regional specialists of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty," whose mission is "to provide uncensored news and information to countries where a free press is either banned by the government or not fully established."

•  Reuters-- Top world and business news stories from this prestigious agency.

•  Time-- The U.S. edition of the prestigious American weekly news magazine.

•  United Press International-- "Leading provider of news, photos and information... one-stop site for U.S. and world news, as well as entertainment, trends, science, health and stunning photography [and] insightful reports on key topics of geopolitical importance, including energy and security."

•  Voice of America News-- News and special reports, printed and audio (in scores of languages), from this U.S. government international service.

•  Wall Street Journal-- The world famous Dow Jones business and finance newspaper, online. Includes a World section and special editions for Europe, Asia, and India.

•  Washington Post World Section-- With regional news pages, and searchable by countries, topics, or keywords.

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This section of the WWW Virtual Library system was created, and is edited and maintained, by Dr. Wayne A.Selcher, Professor of International Studies Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2288  U.S.A., as a volunteer and non-profit public service. This website copyright 1997-present by Wayne A. Selcher. E-mail: