Women are key to boosting economic growth in Africa and the developing world, Melinda Gates said Tuesday, as she stopped off in Paris to press crisis-hit France to keep funding projects for women and girls.
Years of campaigning for a seat at the world's “top table” come to a head this week when elections are held to the U.N. Security Council, which decides on such weighty matters as sanctions, war and peace.
Gulf monarchies taking part in U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria could deploy special forces on the ground but only if certain conditions are met, analysts say.
The lightning rise of the Islamic State group is turning it into a magnet for Muslim extremists, as U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria help galvanize support for their cause.
The Glasgow bar is half empty, the televisions showing sport while inoffensive pop music plays. But the students huddled around the table are oblivious — the talk is all about Scotland's future.
Hong Kong's democracy protests have stoked fears of retribution from China, but observers say the city is simply too valuable to punish and sideline, even as it faces a long-term challenge from mainland rival Shanghai.
Senior Russian officials are sounding dire warnings as prices rise, the ruble plunges and growth grinds to a halt, but President Vladimir Putin is ignoring their advice amid the standoff with the West over Ukraine.
One month before Americans elect their representatives in Congress and state offices, Republicans have a clear if narrow edge as they pick away at President Barack Obama's tarnished record.
Washington will have to stand by Afghanistan for years, training and funding its army until Kabul can sign a peace deal with the Taliban, or it will follow Iraq in sliding into chaos, experts warn.
Months after the collapse of U.S.-led efforts to advance Middle East peace, experts say Palestinians and Israelis have finally agreed on at least one thing — further talks would be futile.