The Taliban takeover of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan this week dealt a stinging blow to the country's security forces, in some ways mirroring an offensive in the Iraqi city of Mosul last year.
Jeremy Corbyn's debut conference as British Labour leader began with dark warnings that the party was on the brink of civil war, but potential mutineers have so far kept their swords sheathed.
Britain's opposition Labour Party will on Sunday begin its most fractious annual conference in a generation following the recent landslide election of leftwing radical Jeremy Corbyn as its leader.
Pope Francis stuck mainly to religion during his visit to Cuba, steering clear of delicate topics like democratic reforms and human rights -- and risking criticism from some at his next stop, Washington, D.C.
From London to Washington via Brussels, a diplomatic battle is rumbling as Spain's northeastern Catalonia region vies to win international backing for its contested drive for independence from Madrid.
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping makes a high-profile state visit to the White House this week, but he stops first in Washington state on the west coast to shore up support among skittish allies, especially big business.
Japan's nationalist leader has rammed through legislation allowing the nation's troops to fight abroad, but analysts say fierce opposition at home and overseas could make it difficult to actually use the laws.
The EU's founding father Jean Monnet wrote in his memoirs that "Europe will be forged in crises" -- but a recent storm of troubles risks tearing the continent apart instead of bringing it together.
The U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to delay raising interest rates mainly because of uncertainties about China's economy is bothering a number of economists and investors.
Police stations paid for by the public but never built and backhanders to smuggle luxury cars into the country -- welcome to the "Museum of Thai Corruption" where greedy officials take pride of place.