The downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with 298 people aboard heaped new distress on a nation still stung by the trauma and global stigma of flight MH370's disappearance four months ago.
Tech-savvy Indonesians are acting as watchdogs following last week's disputed election, using social media and apps to ensure an honest count as both sides accuse the other of trying to rig the outcome.
The United States stuck to arm's length diplomacy Wednesday even as the battle of Gaza saw Palestinian children cut down on the seashore and fresh volleys of Hamas rockets streak toward Israel.
Standing on the banks of the river Ganges a day after his election triumph, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to succeed where numerous governments have failed: by cleaning up the filthy waterway beloved of India's Hindus.
The diplomatic frenzy over Ukraine has taken an unprecedented turn in recent weeks as allies and opposing sides huddle together on the phone in trios or larger groups, seeking resolution to the crisis.
Back before campaign promises needed to be cashed, U.S. President Barack Obama told 200,000 Berliners that allies must “trust each other” and vowed to repair bonds torn by George W. Bush's go-it-alone diplomacy.
Pope Francis's hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike.
David Cameron has dramatically hardened his government's euroskeptic stance for a battle with Brussels, but may have weakened his hand while increasing the risk that Britain could crash out of the EU, analysts said.
The scene was like an earthquake, but residents say the collapse of three buildings last week in Casablanca that killed 23 people was the man-made result of greed and corruption.
Wonderful goals, gripping drama, shock results, new heroes, old villains: the World Cup played out like the gripping blockbuster tournament its organizers always dreamed it would be.