Al-Masry Al-Youm Online
A complete English-language rendition of this Arabic-language news service from Egypt. In the climate of today, with revolution, political and religious strivings, and populist movements fueled by access to the digital information age and social networking tools, this is a clear and lucid voice reflecting events of the day as seen from the ground. A good source of realtime information (not propaganda) from the region, and part of the toolset for democracy and free speech now being increasingly enjoyed throughout the region.  [Arabic]
From the UK's pre-eminent news broadcasting monolith, here's their online directory of how to best access breaking news and features on any of the BBC radio and television channels. [ News | World Service | Magazine | Technology ]
BBC World News North America
This is a companion site, with video clips and special features, which reflects the broadcast edition oriented towards the American and Canadian
Public. It covers the world, like the UK original BeeB (link above) but spends additional time with the terrific correspondents assigned to cover North American political events and national news of import to Americans and Canadians in particular. Check out both versions and you'll have an excellent feel for the European perspective on World Events as well as an outside (sometimes amused) look at American daily life and news. 
Cartooning for Peace
Featured recently across the spectrum of online and television media. including BBC and FR24. The title speaks for itself.
This is an international online exhibition where viewers can see and understand events through the eyes of artists who are there: Brave cartoonists telling their stories through the universal language of images, ideas, and ideals. With a twist of perspective.
The Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago is one of America's great cities, and they have a great newspaper, with this great site.
Here is a site said to be the U.K.'s "Number One Newspaper Portal". The page offers news headlines, a search engine, and links to several well-known newspapers, ranging from the Telegraph and Star, to the Irish Times, and the Times of London.
FactCheck.com does for political spin & hype what Urban Legends does for separating out rumor and myth from the statements of fact presented in mass email mailings. For those who suspect that
politicians and pundits may be somewhat loose with The Truth at times, here's an independent source of fact-checking the content
of speeches and commentary and illuminating what is real from what is propaganda, misinformation, distortion, or wishful thinking.
France24 offers in-depth coverage of breaking stories around the world, and like BBC and other European news organizations provides
stories not necessarily covered as widely in the US media. A useful site, and companion to their television broadcast.
The ultimate insider's place to watch and discuss the politics and working (or lack thereof) on The Hill - Capitol Hill, Washington. With articles, blogs, tweet trends, and more, for the really interested in (and/or obsessed by) U.S. lawmaking and policy activities as they unfold.
Internet Archive Here is a project on a mission to digitalize much of the world's accumulated information, including popular media: , and share it online. "We want to collect all the books, music and video that has ever been produced by humans" - Brewster Kahle. [NY Times 9/18/12]
McLaughlin Report Issue #1, bashing the panel members and politicos. For those who think the mainstream press "too liberal", here's a 90-proof "conservative" spin on the news.
Moscow Times Here is a very useful English-language newspaper which I read while in Moscow (during Sochi and events in Ukraine). Because I cannot characterize it as pro or anti-anything, and it seems to give a good overview with balanced perspective - pro and con about Crimea or Sochi protests, for example - I'd definitely recommend this as an informed source of 'straight from the source' reporting out of Moscow. Very pleased to find it online.
MSNBC News, Politics, Sports, Entertainment, & Special Anniversary Features
OpenSecrets.org An essential background tool for political reporters and students of history/current events, this site brings to light the big & little secrets not getting due coverage in the mainstream news.
For Example, the graphic below reflects the money trail (well, mountain) in the 2012 elections. Follow the link for a look at the 2016 election/money cycle. The widgets may need a few more digits.
PBS News Hour
American Public Television's award-winning journalism, from McNeil-Lehrer and a roster of savvy intelligent discussions with the
news-makers and analysts of our day.
Pew Research Journalism Project: State of the News Media 2014 "[The] eleventh edition of an annual report by the Pew Research Center's Journalism Project examining the landscape of American journalism.... [I]ncludes special reports about the revenue picture for news, the growth in digital reporting, the role of acquisitions and content sharing in local news and developments around digital video." - Source
Roll Call Online
Policy Briefings, Politics, and Commentary. "Plug into Congress" with the online edition of Roll Call.
Investigative e-zine which itself made news and affected the course of events in the late 90's by revealing that some Congressmen casting stones at the President were
not without sin themselves. An alternative voice which continues to poke and prod into stories with implications for daily life.
TalkingPointsMemo.com This site comes highly recommended by the likes of Bill Moyers and other highly respected journalists. It distills the essence of stories beneath the sound bytes and presents concise summaries of the eyebrow-raising talking points of the day.
Tampa Bay On-line, with interactive features and AP updates.
TV News Archive - 2009 thru Today
From the Internet Archive project,
"Every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 different channels, encompassing more than 1,000 news series that have generated more than 350,000 separate programs devoted to news".[NY Times]
Top-notch news coverage combined with easy-to-use and graphically nice web page.
World Focus (PBS)
While I was sad when this displaced BBC on my local PBS station, it has earned my admiration and respect.  Truly an intelligent and humane global perspective. Their web site features some of their daily TV broadcast stories (the top stories of our lives, in the Americas, India/Pakistan, Iraq/Iran, Africa, Asia and everywhere, drawing on
distinguished local journalists and real people. Intelligent and timely blog discussions accompany the stories, too. After a good run, this show
has gone off-air (April 2010) but remains archived on this site, with many good stories about global life and issues.
The Year 2000 Problem
From McNeil-Lehrer, and PBS Online, this is/was a great resource (now historical) for information on the Y2k "millennium bug" and a
lookback at the anticipated impact on our economy and daily lives at the changing of the millennium.