Somalia's Shabab militants are divided over whether to maintain their allegiance to al-Qaida or shift to Islamic State (IS), according to militant and security sources, analysts and clan elders.
In the cacophony of slogans ahead of the United Kingdom's general election on May 7 one thing is for sure -- the country faces more austerity whichever party wins.
Taking care of pensioners who are his bedrock of support has been a key feature of President Vladimir Putin's rule, but as crisis bites, the Russian government is mooting an idea that has been taboo for 80 years: raising the retirement age.
Japan's leader heads to Washington eyeing the potential prize of a huge trade deal that would anchor his "Abenomics" plan for future economic revival, while still dogged by his nation's wartime past.
Inside the Paradise Mini-Mart, older residents of Manchester's notorious Moss Side district are taking a young man to task for his refusal to vote in next month's British election.
Saudi Arabia has declared nearly a month of airstrikes on Yemeni rebels a success, but at the cost of a resurgent al-Qaida and with no sign of peace yet.
Hong Kong stocks stormed to seven-year highs under a new policy that allows mainland investors easy access to the city's bourse, but while analysts say the rally has some way to go they warn it will be tempered by cooling measures from a nervous Beijing.
As the boats get ever more rickety, the numbers crammed on to them increase and the chances of catastrophe get higher.
Miami Beach's condo boom is bubbling hot, with glass towers being built as fast as they can be -- even as scientists say rising seas could swamp much of the storied city by the century's end.
EU nations have long had the recipes for managing migrant flows and sharing out the burden of illegal migration but have lacked the political will for action despite multiple dramas in the Mediterranean, critics say.