Officials and advocates say that Europe and the United States should use the seemingly successful Myanmar elections as a reason to justify a broad rollback of the sanctions that have been levied against the southeast Asian nation for decades.
In the United States, it's pretty easy to find Mexican mangoes on store shelves. But many say they're nowhere near as good as Pakistani mangoes. Now there's an effort to increase Pakistani mango imports to the United States, but there have been snags.
As Iraq tries to get a handle on its new independence, it prepares to welcome the Arab League nations' leader to Baghdad. It's a chance for Iraq to show off the progress it has made.
United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan says Syria has agreed to his six-point plan that he hopes will bring about an end to the year-long violence in the country. It's already claimed more than 8,000 lives, according to U.N. estimates.
Israel last week launched an attack in Gaza to kill the leaders of some of the local rebel cells. In retaliation, Gaza-based terrorists have launched a series of attacks on Israel. But Monday evening, Egyptian diplomats said they'd reached a cease fire deal to be implemented over night.
Nine children and three women were among 16 Afghan civilians killed Sunday morning in Kandahar. A U.S. Army soldier is accused of the killing, but no motive had been revealed.. The Afghan Taliban has vowed revenge and it is likely the incident will harm efforts to bring peace between the United States and the Taliban.
China's flexing its diplomatic muscle, softly, as it tries to end the violence in Syria. A Chinese envoy was headed to Syria bringing a demand that both sides end the violence and negotiate a peaceful end to the violence that has killed 7,000 people.
As Myanmar is slowly welcomed back into the international community, and as it makes political reforms that have many in the country feeling free, finally, to speak their mind, locals are wondering when economic reforms will come around.
As Myanmar moves ahead with a set of reforms that have included the release of political prisoners, the country's government is also opening up its media. In some cases they've ended pre-publication censorship entirely and in others they've greatly reduced the restrictions.
Relationships between North Korea and the United States may have thawed dramatically on Wednesday with the U.S. State Department and North Korea's state-run media announcing a suspension of nuclear enrichment in exchange for U.S. food aid.