Recent electoral upsets in Argentina and Venezuela could herald a crumbling of the leftist bloc that has prevailed in Latin America over much of the past two decades, analysts say.
Even if the Islamic State group is one day defeated on its territory, the world could face an even greater threat from tens of thousands of battle-hardened jihadist veterans, experts have warned.
The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded Thursday to four civil society groups who led Tunisia's transition to democracy, though the country has now been plunged into a state of emergency as it battles the threat of jihadism.
Come the New Year, the U.S. military will open all fighting positions to women -- but don't expect to see a female American commando leading a raid into Syria just yet.
The Islamic State group's claim to have inspired this week's San Bernardino massacre raises the question of what kind of threat it poses after a year which has seen record numbers of alleged jihadists arrested in the United States.
Slowly but surely, Barack Obama is edging the United States deeper into a war against the Islamic State group that looks set to dominate the last year of his presidency.
As delegates at a Paris summit haggle over how to curb global warming, the role of nuclear energy in limiting climate-changing emissions is the subject of fierce debate between champions and critics of atomic power.
With global oil prices in a prolonged slump, late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's vision of "21st-century socialism" is in trouble both at home and abroad.
France's far-right National Front (FN) appear to be on course for an historic breakthrough in regional elections this weekend, with the country still traumatized by last month's Paris terror attacks.
Prepaid payment cards were seen as a positive development, helping those excluded from the banking system and providing a convenient financial tool, but their use in the Paris terror attacks has revealed a troubling dark side.