Germany has broken ranks with Paris and Brussels in slamming the door on talks with the Greek government on a new bailout deal before Sunday's crucial referendum, analysts say.
Two years after the army deposed president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt is roiled by brazen Islamic State group attacks in the Sinai Peninsula and brutal government repression that has killed hundreds.
Write down, write off, restructure, reprofile ... whatever term you choose, if Greece doesn't completely default on its debt, its creditors will have to address the issue of its massive debt.
No matter what the political outcome of the current Greek debt crisis, in practical terms Greece will find it very difficult to turn its back on the euro.
Despite claims of its imminent demise, Qatar's controversial "kafala" sponsorship system -- which critics say is a direct cause of misery and abuse for many foreign workers -- clings stubbornly to life.
With four justices appointed by Democratic presidents and five by Republican leaders, the U.S. Supreme Court is generally perceived as being weighted in favor of conservatives.
When mainland China's main share index hit a seven-year high two weeks ago, it topped off a run that had seen it soar more than 150 percent over the previous 12 months, high among the world's best performers.
Greece encouraged global markets with its new debt plan, but some economists question whether its emphasis on tax hikes will do more harm than good to the recession-mired economy.
With Greece in danger of tumbling into the economic abyss it faces the haunting memory of Argentina in 2001, when the South American country defaulted on nearly US$100 billion and was plunged into a crisis it is still battling back from.
Chad's decision to ban women from wearing the Islamic veil, which came two days after bloody suicide bombings hit the capital, has divided Muslims but the government defends it as part of an anti-terror strategy.