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.
As Japan approaches the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that rattled the island nation and very nearly caused a complete and total meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, work continue on defueling, decommissioning and dismantling the damaged power station.
As the violence in Syria has continued and even escalated, it's been difficult for western journalists to get reports out of the country. New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid snuck in for a reporting trip recently that would wind up being his last. Shadid died in Syria this week of an apparent asthma attack.
A Super PAC that's backing Mitt Romney is airing an attack ad that a public policy professor says is beyond misleading. But Rick Santorum, the target of that ad, has responded with his own attack ad that also stretches the truth.
Dozens of books have been banned in India because of their themes and topics. The country is trying to get Google and Facebook to devise a means of pre-filtering religiously objectionable content. All this, taken together, has many saying the country's freedom of speech is disappearing.
Karl Rove blasted it as a taxpayer-funded Obama re-election ad. Democrats lauded it as an example of why America is great. Yet many people were left wondering what does it mean that America is at "halftime."
Media and advertising experts said this year's crop of Super Bowl advertisements, with a couple of exceptions, were nothing to write home about. While Chrysler got accolades for it's "Halftime in America" ad, and Doritos was recognized for its user-created videos.
During the Super Bowl Sunday, one commercial was for a political group seeking to make small changed to the gun control laws in the country. The measures are backed by a 600-member coalition of big- and small-city mayors. In the ad, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino starred.
At least two western news agencies are accused by the South African government of using surveillance cameras installed in a building across the street from where Nelson Mandela is living out his retirement.
Some 18 percent of Republican voters and 19 percent of independent voters say they can't bring themselves to support a Mormon running for president. The church is hoping to show that its members are just like all Americans and they're running a series of ads seeking to do just that.