A comedy club owner, an ex-motorcycle expedition leader and a politics student are just some of the 56 new Scottish nationalist MPs set to be sworn in at Britain's parliament this week.
Ireland could become the first country in the world to vote for same-sex marriage in a historic referendum this week in this traditionally Catholic nation.
Europe will consider this week whether to follow the United States by bringing in tighter controls on "conflict minerals" from war zones, but critics say the measures risk being watered down.
Thailand's first female Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces court on Tuesday at the start of a negligence trial which could see her jailed for a decade and deliver a hammer blow to the political dominance of her family.
Around US$1,100 should have secured passage for each of the Rohingya migrants who were found adrift in the Andaman Sea -- victims of a dark trade in humans that pivots around smuggling kingpins in Thailand's south.
The deaths of 72 people in a fire that gutted a footwear factory in the Philippine capital has exposed abusive conditions for millions of poor and desperate workers across the nation.
This week's deadly train derailment in Philadelphia could have been averted if technology that has been available for many years had been installed, lawmakers and experts say.
The people of Osaka vote this weekend on a plan to streamline Japan's second city in the mould of global metropolises like London, New York and Tokyo, as the one-time commercial capital seeks to recapture its glory days.
Israel's Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, who has vowed to axe housing prices and take on the banks, faces an uphill battle to implement reform in a government with a razor-thin majority.
In America, where car culture has ruled for generations, train travel is the neglected cousin, burdened with ageing equipment and insufficient funding -- conditions uncomfortably in the spotlight after a fatal train accident Tuesday near Philadelphia.