South Sudan's capital has three towns: the first is the dusty streets of Juba, largely calm but where the crackle of gun fire still rings out at night after three weeks of violence.
In his first State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in America. Fifty years later some progress has been made but gaping inequality remains.
Bangladesh's main Islamist party was banned from weekend elections and many of its leaders are in custody or face execution, but moves to marginalize Jamaat-e-Islami will ultimately backfire, analysts say.
China's President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan are locked in a spiraling diplomatic standoff but their burgeoning rivalry contrasts with striking personal parallels between the two, analysts say.
Stuttering peace talks to end Thailand's bloody southern rebellion are under threat from political turmoil in Bangkok, observers say, as the conflict enters its second decade with no end in sight.
Deep in the forests of Borneo island, workmen from an Indonesian timber company fell a tree with a chainsaw, stick a red tag with a serial number onto it and attach a corresponding stub to the stump.
Before they were evicted, the Israeli settlers threw bottles of urine, attacked children and poisoned a horse, according to Palestinian residents in Hebron — who now fear their former neighbors will return.
U.S. President Barack Obama's landmark health care reforms took effect on Wednesday, granting coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans after nearly four years of bitter wrangling that has loomed large over the U.S. political landscape.
Jailed Basque separatists have raised hopes that they may be moving towards disarming ETA, western Europe's last major armed secessionist group, by softening their stance on key demands.
A cash shortage among banks made the Chinese stock market one of the world's worst performing this year, showing how tens of millions of small investors remain at the mercy of government policy.