In the beginning, the news story requires a bit of patience just to keep the details straight. By the time you get to the end of it, however, you may find you've plumb run out of patience and are feeling not merely unhappy, but angry.
While much of the media and many politicians have become obsessed with the nuclear negotiations involving Iran, unrelated and also underreported talks have achieved important progress.
The rhetoric reached the heights of the Himalayas, the pomp and pageantry evoked that of an operetta, but the political optics delivered a clearly focused political message: Pakistan has a firm and reliable friend in the People's Republic of China.
Grief is difficult to deal with but everyone knows what it's like: it begins as a harrowing feeling of numbness that pervades your body, and only much later will you start to grasp the magnitude of the loss.
On Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed "deep remorse" for Japan's World War II aggression at the Asian-African Summit, but stopped short of apologies.
In addition to the lows and highs as well as chances of precipitation, we ought to be paying attention to particle pollution forecasts as we prepare for the day. Not doing so could shorten your life.
This shouldn't be happening -- not in the 21st century, and certainly not in Europe.
For many years, as China grew stronger and more influential, the United States has been pressuring it to assume more global responsibilities. Ten years ago, a senior American official, Robert Zoellick, urged China to become a "responsible stakeholder," a term that perplexed the Chinese.
Seoul's Defense Ministry on Friday came out strongly against North Korea for its renewed pledge to cling to its nuclear weapons program. A ministry spokesman said in a statement that Pyongyang's possession of any nuclear arms cannot be accepted and South Korea's military will respond sternly if the North continues to be provocative.
Cynics and skeptics abound as Indonesia plays host to the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference this week, which will gather heads of state, ministers and senior government officials from 77 countries across the two continents.