Turkey's long-running bid to join the European Union has suffered a tough blow amid an acrimonious dispute over a crackdown on opposition media, but analysts say there still remains hope its candidacy is not yet dead in the water.
U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Friday to punish North Korea for hacking a Hollywood studio, but Washington's options are limited and Pyongyang's economic weakness is a surprising strength.
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.