Tackling climate change and countering violent extremism will top the agenda at the Commonwealth summit in Malta this week, attended by Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Hollande.
"Copenhagen." The mere mention of the Danish capital's name can send a chill down the spine of even the toughest climate negotiator.
France can withstand the financial shock of the Paris attacks, analysts say, despite people deserting big stores, shunning concert halls and canceling hotel bookings.
While other nations reach for their guns when they are attacked, France looked to its bookshelves Friday.
Every credible plan to save humanity from global warming reserves a key role for a green energy technology called carbon capture and storage.
The presence in France of Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks who was killed by police on Wednesday, demonstrates major failings in Europe's borderless Schengen zone, experts say.
Argentines decide Sunday whether to end years of leftist government in a run-off vote that could see the pro-business opposition seize command of Latin America's third-biggest economy.
Ten years after she took office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands alone as the leader of a European Union that is grappling with multiple crises, despite the fact she has been weakened domestically, analysts say.
France's security services are once again facing a harsh spotlight after failing to prevent the brutal attacks in Paris carried out by the Islamic State group.
The murderous attacks on French civilians enjoying a night out in Paris were proof, were any needed, that the war in Syria and Iraq will not be contained there.