Cuba's surprise move to restore diplomatic relations with Washington leaves Havana's close ally Venezuela further isolated in a shifting political landscape, analysts here say.
Jeb Bush has announced he will run for president, and Hillary Clinton is expected to do the same soon. In 2016, the race to the White House could be a family affair.
The United States had pushed strongly the independence of South Sudan when it became the world's newest country in 2011.
Like tea party Republicans on the opposite end of the political spectrum, progressive U.S. Democrats are riding a populist anti-establishment wave, hoping their champion Elizabeth Warren challenges Hillary Clinton for the White House.
His motives are a mystery and his acts described as random and deranged, but analysts say the gunman who took a Sydney cafe full of terrified people hostage could still score a propaganda coup for jihadists.
The demolition of Hong Kong's main protest camp ended a pro-democracy occupation that paralyzed the city for two months, but the campaign has left the city deeply divided both politically and socially, analysts say.
The meteoric rise of the Islamic State group and its ability to recruit Western jihadists reflect the extent to which religious radicalism has come to dominate global conflict.
With an assertive Russia next door, Sweden has started to beef up its military after a decade of downsizing, but a credible deterrent may take years to achieve, analysts warn.
For years he played the part of the frosty pragmatist, doggedly set on restoring pride and power to a once-great superpower. Then, on Feb. 27, 2014, President Vladimir Putin went rogue.
Detailed revelations of the torture used by George W. Bush-era operatives against al-Qaida suspects are only the latest morale-sapping scandal to envelop the Central Intelligence Agency.