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This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a frequently updated Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. These sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online. Each website is described only in general terms because of the typically rapid changes in details of its contents and features.


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

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.

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."

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.

Newspapers Canada-- "Joint initiative of the Canadian Newspaper Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association,"
provides a search facility for finding articles in Canadian newspapers.

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.

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Directories of 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.

•  List of Newspapers-- "Largest directory of newspapers around the world," links to over 25,000 newspapers in over 200 countries and territories.

•  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.

•  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.

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

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Individual 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.

•  Christian Science Monitor-- Excellent online analytical content from an award-winning U.S. news organization with an international perspective.

•  CrowdBrief-- "Platform for crowd-sourced research and analysis of international and transnational topics. Our subject matter experts are located throughout the world and have unique access to events driving global issues."

•  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.

•  Financial Times-- The famous international business and finance newspaper from London.

•  Global Post-- "Dedicated to broad coverage throughout the world and especially of those geographic areas that have been historically under-reported by the American news media."

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

•  International Policy Digest-- Analytical news site that focuses "exclusively on explaining world affairs through a platform designed for the digital media generation. We aim to make sense of new and interesting global developments to help Americans better understand the world in which we live."

•  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.

•  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. Featuring exclusive contributions by prominent political leaders, policymakers, scholars, business leaders, and civic activists from around the world, we provide news media and their readers cutting-edge analysis and insight..."

•  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 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 prestigious American weekly news magazine, available online in several editions-- United States, Europe, Asia, and South Pacific.

•  VICE News-- "International news organization created by and for a connected generation. We provide an unvarnished look at some of the most important events of our time, highlight under-reported stories from around the globe, and get to the heart of the matter with reporters who call it like they see it."

•  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 special editions for Europe, Asia, and India.

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

•  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.

•  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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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: