The Chinese government finally announced when its Party Congress would take place, the event where its leadership turns over and a new generation steps up. Among those competing for a top spot is Wang Yang, a top party leader in Guangdong province.
Some of America's best public schools aren't open to everyone. In fact, these schools often take just 10 percent of applicants — or less. These selective schools are part of a new trend in education to refocus attention on students at the top of the class, and make sure they get the education they need to succeed.
Some 9 million Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are too obese to serve in the military. Add to that young people who are unfit for military service for other reasons and just 25 percent of America's youth are able to serve in the military. A group of retired military leaders are encouraging America to get a handle on its weight problem.
When diplomats and leaders from 193 countries converge on New York City and the United Nations, things get a bit humbled. Of course, the traffic is bad. But people get tangled up over what the United Nations should be doing. The situation in the Middle East, including the American video Innocence of Muslims, was top of mind.
World leaders were gathering at the United Nations this week, including Barack Obama, to speak to an assemblage of world leaders and ambassadors during the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. If Obama's remarks are to have effect, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright said the U.S. will have to again be seen as a force for good.
Arizona has been at the center of American political debate in recent years. It passed a controversial immigration bill that has since been copied in other places, they've endured a deadly shooting that nearly took the life of a congresswoman. But an author says Arizona's is at the end, not the beginning, of America's political future.
The Chinese people don't know much about where their big leadership transition is supposed to happen -- but they know it's soon. Slowly, more people are calling on the government to be more transparent in its process.
Spain's new conservative government is making time from its efforts to rescue the country's moribund economy and instead work on rolling back laws changed under the last, Socialist government. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has introduced a bill to re-criminalize abortion.
Won't Back Down, out this fall, follows parents trying to wrest control of their school from the school district. It's a movie-rendition of the real battle playing out across the educational system, where school reformers are confronted vested interests as everyone tries to figure out how to improve America's school system.
Italy's unemployment rate is more than 10 percent, but among the young, it's vastly worse. Perhaps 35 percent, or worse. So a growing number of young Italians, and a few others who are out-of-work, are turning to the country's organic farms, where they can learn a skill, and keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs.