Silvio Berlusconi says he is the victim of politicized judges, his enemies that he has finally been nailed after two decades evading the law. Either way, the fate of Italy's dominant politician highlights deep problems with the country's judicial system.
The suspension of Tunisia's transitional parliament could bring the birthplace of the Arab Spring uprisings closer to an "Egyptian scenario" in which the secular opposition topples an Islamist-led government, analysts and politicians say.
Western European economies are spluttering to life again at last just as emerging markets cool down -- confirming one of the investment themes of 2013 and questioning how much financial markets have already discounted these inflection points.
The economic policy speeches U.S. President Barack Obama has been delivering in recent weeks are turning out to be blunt attacks on Republicans, with an eye toward coming fiscal battles and the 2014 congressional elections.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which once transfixed the Arab world, has lost much of its resonance in a Middle East riven by religious strife, political upheaval and economic woes.
Indian government figures showing that poverty has been cut by a third since 2004 has set off a row between the country's main political parties on whether the data is accurate, and a sledging match between two of the world's best-known economists on the implications for policy.
Argentina is on track to post strong enough economic growth in 2013 to trigger billions of dollars in bond warrant payments, but the uptick will likely prove short-lived, leaving warrant holders empty handed in 2014.
Can Silvio Berlusconi pull off one last escape or is Italy's most controversial man finally finished after being convicted of tax fraud?
Republican U.S. Senator John McCain accidentally walked in on President Barack Obama this week when he was addressing a Democrats-only meeting of senators.
Slowly but unsurely, Europe is facing up to population trends that will sap long-run economic growth and force nations to choose between cutting pensions and welfare benefits or paying higher taxes to maintain them.