A deal on Iran's nuclear program this week would be a historic step towards ending the country's international isolation, but analysts remain divided on whether it would help stabilize the Middle East or even prevent a regional arms race.
Voters in Okinawa have thrown a spanner into Japan's relations with the United States after electing a governor who wants the American military to downsize its presence at a time of alarm over China's territorial ambitions.
Although nearly two million people voted “Yes” in Catalonia's symbolic ballot on independence, analysts say nationalists will struggle for a majority in their drive to break away from Spain.
As she waited to go under the knife in a Delhi hospital, Jamantara Tokas admitted she was terrified after the death of 13 women in botched sterilizations, but said the money on offer was too good to turn down.
East Timor is facing an uncertain future as resistance hero Xanana Gusmao prepares to step down as prime minister after helping hold the tiny nation together during the chaotic early years of its independence.
U.S. military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria began on a small scale three months ago but has steadily expanded in size and scope, raising the stakes for Washington, experts say.
U.S. lawmakers return to Washington on Wednesday for their first session since Republicans routed U.S. President Barack Obama's Democrats, facing the threat of yet another tough budget fight.
U.S. President Barack Obama and China's Xi Jinping have few areas of common ground as they meet this week in Beijing, but could find themselves warming to each other on one longstanding sticking point: climate change.
New columns of tanks, trucks and heavy artillery rumbled toward the pro-Moscow rebel strong hold of Donetsk on Monday as fears grew of a return to all-out fighting in war-torn eastern Ukraine.
When he died, Yasser Arafat, arguably still the most recognizable face of the Palestinian cause, had been largely dismissed by the United States as an obstacle to peace after walking away from a deal with Israel.