With Algeria's election campaign in full swing, ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is conspicuous by his absence but remains the firm favorite as high-profile allies criss-cross the country to make his controversial case.
While U.S. Democrats face many hurdles as they prepare for this year's battle for control of Congress, few are more daunting than the Koch brothers — conservative business moguls with deep pockets.
An Egyptian court's sentencing of 529 people to death for rioting has fixed the spotlight on a massive legal war on the Islamist opposition, with thousands in prison and hundreds more convicted in mass trials.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has steered her power-sharing government through a rocky 100 first days in office with a high-profile resignation and the Crimea crisis but remains at the height of her powers.
Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages.
While murders have dropped across Mexico, a burst of violence has rattled the capital's suburbs, with criminals dumping bodies on roadsides, kidnapping people in broad daylight and levying protection taxes.
He is a hardline Hindu nationalist who was boycotted by the West for years and has been a vocal critic of “expansionist” China, India's arch-rival.
It was arguably the strong partnership between Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul that tightened their party's grip on power over the past decade.
The Palestinians' demand for Arab Israelis to figure among 26 prisoners due for release under U.S.-brokered peace efforts has sparked an outcry in Israel's coalition government that could wreck the initiative.
The transfer of former Ivorian strongman Laurent Gbagbo's onetime “Street General” to The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity has divided his west African nation.