An American ambassador and three of his diplomatic colleagues were killed Tuesday in an attack on the American consulate in Bengazi, Libya -- the first time an American diplomat has been killed in at least two decades. President Barack Obama has ordered increased security for U.S. diplomatic posts abroad.
In the battle between Iran and the United States, the latest casualties are the video gamers of Tehran. Big users of World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in Iran can no longer access the game, because the game's creator, Blizzard Entertainment, blocked them to comply with U.S. sanctions.
Julian Assange has spent nearly the last two months inside the Ecuador Embassy, in an effort to prevent his extradition from the U.K. to Sweden, where he faces a sexual assault investigation. On Thursday, Ecuador granted him political asylum, but U.K. officials say they will arrest him if he leaves the embassy.
Palestine's economy suffers under the weight of the long-running Israeli occupation. And while it's resumed growth, that growth is tied to foreign aid. Economists say to achieve true stability, it needs a vibrant private sector economy -- and that requires a peace agreement with Israel.
The United States used millions of gallons of Agent Orange herbicide across Vietnam during the war there, in an effort to destroy the foliage that was giving its enemies cover. But, in the process, it contaminated the soil with dioxin and other chemicals that have persisted and continue to cause birth defects and health problems to this day.
Israelis were buoyed to receive a letter seeming to be from Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi, expressing his wish for security in the Middle East and a resumption of the Middle East process. Egyptian officials, though, say the letter isn't real. But Israelis have their doubts about that claim.
As the global economic crisis has consumed more and more time and attention, focus on the global warming crisis has waned. So it wasn't surprising when President Barack Obama chose not to attend the Rio+20 conference this week in Brazil, and it also was unsurprising when there was little progress reported there.
Brazil's environmentalists have been pushing the nation's president to roll back the sweeping environmental changed the country's Congress passed. They got some of what they want, but another environmentalists is pushing for a radical change in how we think about climate change treaties.
A group of western nations, including the United States, kicked the Syrian ambassadors out of their countries as punishment for the massacre -- executions, really -- of more than 100 people in Houla over the weekend. Many of the dead were women and children.
There were positive signs heading into Iran's latest talks with the United States and other nations about its nuclear enrichment program. It seems to be willing to make some compromises in an effort to resolve what has been a years-long diplomatic stand-off. But will it be enough, in the right places, to actually forge a deal. Probably not this time, but maybe sooner, rather than later.