Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, says he's free of the corruption and violence that taint many Afghan politicians. And after quickly signing a long-delayed security pact with the US, he's looking for other ways to break with the country's recent past.
US planes have started bombing ISIS militia positions near Baghdad in the first phase of the expanded campaign announced by President Obama last week. The strikes are to support Iraqi troops fighting the Islamist group and they seem to be working.
When Brazilian environmental activist Marina Silva unexpectedly became a presidential candidate after the death of her running mate, she soared in the polls. But after becoming a real threat to incumbent Dilma Rousseff, Silva faces growing skepticism from voters.
The parliament in Kiev has approved an autonomy deal for Ukraine's pro-Russian east, accompanied by a limited amnesty for rebels there. But in Donetsk, shelling continues despite a ceasefire. And rebels say Kiev is just too late in making concessions.
The NFL is enduring one of its worst months in memory as stories mount about player arrests and the league's seemingly tone-deaf responses. Still, the power of fans to force the NFL into action might be the lasting legacy of the scandals.
If Taiwan ever reunites with mainland China, it will likely be under a "one country, two systems" policy like the one that governs Hong Kong. But as protests in Hong Kong have expanded and turned violent, demonstrators in Taipei say it's a warning sign for their island.
After resisting involvement for months — and even years — the US and five other countries finally launched airstrikes in Syria against ISIS, the Khorasan Group and other Islamist militants. But will the US be able to keep its long-standing vow not to send ground troops to defeat ISIS?
Hong Kong will elect its chief executive for the first time in 2017, but Beijing announced this weekend that the city will have to choose from a short slate of pre-approved candidates. Many Hong Kongers say that violates the mainland's pledges to allow democracy, and protesters are gearing up for action.
Within days of launching the iPhone 6, Apple faced major problems with updates to iOS and claims that its new phones were bending in the pockets of users. Apple is downplaying the reports, but does the raft of problems mean people might think twice about buying the new phone?