Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea was one of four African leaders left off the invite list for the US-Africa Leaders Summit this week. The snub sparked debate among Washington's Eritrean expat community about whether or not the gesture had any real meaning.
If you think of yourself as a global citizen, then it is about time you got over your bias toward the Gregorian calendar. Depending on the community you are in, the year might be 1393, or 5116, or something else.
In a matter of days, Jang Song Thaek went from being one of North Korea's most powerful officials to being publicly denounced as "human scum" and then, according to North Korean state-run media, being put to death.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's John Sudworth, who witnessed today's historic performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in Pyongyang, North Korea; Lisa also speaks with British soprano Suzannah Clark
China might appear to be the country with the most leverage over North Korea. But as The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports, China's clout with Pyongyang is limited when it comes to North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
Correspondent Jason Strother says South Koreans are welcoming Pyongyang's release of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Some human rights activists are concerned that their work may have jeopardized the safety of North Korean refugees.
A train believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has left the Chinese city of Dalian and is reportedly bound for Beijing. He arrived in China on Monday, traveling on his special train. Mary Kay Magistad reports.