A 21-year-old ghost haunts U.S. President Barack Obama and his allies as he presses Congress for enhanced powers to make trade deals with Japan and other nations.
Judging by Israel's election race, the decades-long conflict with the Palestinians is not an important issue. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prefers to focus on Iran, and moderate opponents prefer to attack the right-wing government on Netanyahu's management of the economy.
Japan's outrage over the slaying of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group is settling into a heightened awareness of the risks associated with the country's pursuit of lucrative energy projects and other economic ties in the Middle East.
The sodomy conviction of Malaysia's opposition leader has set back, but not derailed, Washington's improved ties with a country that is becoming increasingly important for U.S. diplomacy and trade policy in Asia.
A national leader's appearance before the U.S. Congress is usually a source of pride and unity. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned trip to Washington -- opposed by the White House and many Democrats -- has Israel in uproar.
The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed -- perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings.
In Japan, where conformity takes precedence over individuality, one of the most important values is to avoid "meiwaku" -- causing trouble for others. And sympathy aside, the two Japanese purportedly slain by the Islamic State group are now widely viewed as troublemakers.
Israeli taxpayer support for an organization fueling investment in West Bank settlements rose by more than US$100 million last year, making it a top recipient of money being furtively channeled into politicians' pet projects, according to an Associated Press analysis.
The deadly crash of a TransAsia plane into a river in Taiwan is again focusing the world's attention on the safety challenges facing fast-growing Asian airlines.