Friday, March 6, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's divisive lecture on Iran's nuclear program to the U.S. Congress may have played well for his hard-line, mostly Republican allies and his supporters at home, but it is unclear if he has made any tangible gains.
Since Hugo Chavez died two years ago, Venezuela's economy has tanked and the government has lurched toward more repressive tactics, triggering nostalgia among the late leftist firebrand's supporters and even his opponents.
An alarming number of Turks from students to celebrities are facing criminal charges over draconian laws prohibiting insult or disrespect to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, fueling criticism that they are aimed at stifling dissent.
The family of Ruben Garcia Villalpando, one of three Mexicans killed by U.S. police in separate shootings, prays for justice in front of his picture on an altar in their home.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribes have joined Iraq's military in a major operation to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State (IS) group, while the U.S.-led coalition has remained on the sidelines.
With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state.
The world's central banks are injecting a new complication into the Federal Reserve's decision on when to raise interest rates from record lows:
Strapped for cash and under pressure to deliver on reforms, Greece's new radical government has ruffled feathers in Brussels by not respecting the diplomatic niceties of the negotiating table.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Last weekend, Beijing ended its one-month rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council. This was an opportunity for China to present an image of itself as a responsible world power, and the Chinese government grasped it with both hands, organizing an open debate on maintaining international peace and security.
There are two ways to see whether something is going to do well or badly — a top-down view or a bottom-up view. I spent more than a month traveling through Indochina and visited eight out of the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the last year to get a first-hand view from the ground up.