Two months since the first protests erupted in Ukraine over the government's rejection of an EU pact, the protest movement has radicalized as impatience grows with the inability of opposition leaders to bring about change.
State visits by foreign dignitaries to the White House are meticulously prepared affairs, but the intrigue surrounding French leader Francois Hollande's domestic arrangements could complicate seating plans.
As Rwanda marks 20 years since its 1994 genocide, the government is seeking to stress the strides the country has made since those dark days, despite international concern over its hard-line leader.
Omar Sheikhhamdu hoists himself up on prosthetic limbs and takes his first halting steps since a Syrian air strike tore off his legs nearly a year ago.
Corruption allegations against former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra are at the center of an anti-government campaign by protesters who say that even though graft is endemic, his billionaire family overstepped the mark.
It is a classic Nigerian dispute, combining powerful politicians, patronage, personal rivalries, wider claims of corruption and bickering over lucrative oil revenue.
As East African mediators attempt to push South Sudan's government and rebels into signing a truce, analysts and diplomats fear it may already be too late to halt the war.
Rarely has modern politics produced a leader with the eloquence of Barack Obama, when he sets out to define a pressing crisis.
Pope Francis has looked beyond the usual Vatican circles for new cardinals and overhauled the governance of the Vatican bank at the start of a year that heralds key reforms for the Roman Catholic Church.
Michelle Obama turns 50 on Friday as one of America's most respected women. But the popular first lady has yet to break free of the confines of one of the toughest jobs in politics.