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.
Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution seems to only get bigger as the days go by. At the center of the protests, demonstrators say they're not planning on leaving any time soon, even as their demands to Beijing remain unclear.
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.
There might have been a lot of coverage of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, but the story barely made a blip in mainland China. Chinese government officials have tightly controlled reporting from Hong Kong, and even blocked Instagram for the first time.
In the Pacific Ocean, west and south of Hawaii, is what was until recently one of the largest marine sanctuaries on earth. Now, however, it has been expanded — to nearly six times its original size. And scientists are thrilled.
Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, are controversial around the world, sparking protests and marches. But a lawsuit among agricultural giants over GMOs is something few people would have predicted.
The differences between developed countries like the US and rising powers — and polluters — like China and India are well-known. But there's also a major gulf between Americans and Europeans on climate policy that is hurting efforts to reach a large-scale climate agreement.
One year ago, Somali terrorists stormed an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, leading to an armed siege that lasted four days and killed 67 people. Now, at the first anniversary of the attack, Kenyans are demanding more accountability from the country's police and army for their response.
Jay Close has built houses, jumped out of planes, and cooked food for the Rolling Stones. Now he's a cheese maker in Russia who's reaping the benefits of Moscow's embargo on Western food imports. And this American is awfully popular right now with his Russian customers and the media.
Adults in Switzerland could be in for a windfall, under a proposal set for a national referendum. The government would provide every adult $2,750 a month, every month, in what's known as a "basic income." One economist says it's not as whacky as it may seem to us.
The US citizenship has an amazingly high pass rate — but it also has a number of critics. They argue the questions, frankly, are bad. And the test doesn't encourage immigrants to become better citizens, but rather to memorize facts they can write on the test.
Italy is a fiercely anti-GMOs. It's one of a handful of countries to ban them outright. But European law is trumping them, and it has opened a window for one Italian farmer who is growing GMO corn anyway.
A year ago, confronting the threats presented by climate change was front and center in President Obama's State of the Union address. But The World's environment editor Peter Thomson expects it to be a lot less prominent this year. That's politics. And that's the nature of climate change.
When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.
The Soviet Union sacrificed a lot during World War II. Millions of Russians died, more than from any other country. And for them, the D-Day invasions were an answer to their appeals to the West to relieve pressure on the Soviet forces who were battling the Nazis.
President Barack Obama is still caught in a deadlock with Congress, an elusive Sumatran rhino was caught on camera and a group of researchers caught a glimpse of an ice tunnel in Sweden. More in today's Global Scan.
Dennis Rodman's controversial relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un turned another page this week. The former NBA star was in North Korea this week to select and train a North Korean basketball team that will take part in an exhibition game in honor of Kim's birthday. Plus Egyptian activists are thrown in jail and elves — yes, elves — halt a highway project in Iceland, in today's Global Scan.
President Bush is scheduled to leave tomorrow for a trip to the African nations of Benin, Tanzania, Ghana, Rwanda and Liberia, and Anchor Lisa Mullins has details on an exclusive interview with the BBC