They call into question the president's governing style and personal candor at a time when his political window to revive a stalled second term agenda is fast closing.
Leftist Czech President Milos Zeman could further expand his powers amid tough coalition talks after his former party, the deeply divided Social Democrats, won snap elections by just a whisker, experts say.
France's denials it handed over a huge ransom for the release of four hostages are being met with widespread skepticism, with experts saying such payments are common and may be fuelling kidnappings.
In the impoverished Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods of Lebanon's second city Tripoli, the war in neighboring Syria has aggravated decades-old sectarian and political tensions.
A deadly vehicle crash in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of the Chinese state, represents an embarrassing failure for the nation's vast police and intelligence apparatus and shows it cannot plug all security vulnerabilities, analysts say.
Twenty years on from the Maastricht Treaty that led to the euro, the European Union's quest for an “ever-closer union” rings increasingly hollow to citizens worn down by the debt crisis.
Iraq's disjointed array of security measures are failing to control rampant violence, and it needs to make longer-term efforts that build trust among citizens, especially Sunnis, experts say.
With a piercing blue gaze, Spain's National Alliance president Pedro Pablo Pena openly declares himself a fascist and neo-Nazi, part of a marginal movement that is trying to gain ground at a time of economic pain and national uncertainty.
If the international community's main goal is to push North Korea towards denuclearization, does the fact that Pyongyang is racing in precisely the opposite direction suggest a fundamental policy failure?
Revelations of America's industrial-scale surveillance have painted an alarming picture of the National Security Agency as a spy service operating virtually without limits since the 9/11 attacks, experts say.