Social and economic development has long been touted as the way to revive the fortunes of Nigeria's impoverished north and prevent legions of disaffected young men turning to radical Islam.
Fiji's return to democracy will not disrupt a burgeoning relationship with China forged when Western democracies shunned the South Pacific nation in the wake of a 2006 military coup, experts say.
Huge individual donations, aggressive party spending and untraceable “dark money” are flooding this year's mid-term campaigns, fueling concerns that the financial impact on America's congressional elections is spiraling out of control.
Already grappling with homegrown Islamists, Jordan has kicked the “hornet's nest” by joining the U.S.-led war on jihadists in neighboring Iraq and Syria, analysts say.
The Russian songs blared and men in red USSR and Putin T-shirts danced as 7,000 people gathered for a recent celebration of all things Russian. But this was not Russia, this was EU member Bulgaria.
Ukraine's cease-fire may be holding elsewhere, but the country's army and pro-Russian insurgents have no intention of letting peace take off at the shattered remains of Donetsk airport.
China's sentencing of a leading Uighur academic to life in prison is an ominous turning point that will deter other intellectuals and risks silencing debate on Beijing's handling of ethnic issues including Tibet, experts say.
With low-cost airlines on the cusp of dominating Europe's skies, turbulent times are in store for traditional carriers that are finding it hard to adapt, as the ongoing strike at Air France shows.
Brazil's market-movers hope President Dilma Rousseff's time is up, but there are signs that voters are moving back toward her as next month's election nears.
The Palestinians launch an intensive diplomatic campaign on three fronts this week: tackling internal divisions, resuming truce talks with Israel and making a fresh appeal to the United Nations.