Russia says it has a right to protect its interests and those of Russian-speakers in Ukraine. The US says Russia can't take matters into its own hands and needs to work through the UN. And Ukrainians just need help getting their country back on a political and economic footing.
The pollution situation much of China has gotten incredibly serious — with some experts comparing it to a nuclear winter. Meanwhile the situation for gay people in Uganda is also dire, after a local tabloid printed the names of 200 "prominent homosexuals." That and more in today's Global Scan.
With the US calling on Ukraine's government to negotiate with the protesters, and Russia labeling demonstrators as extremists involved in a coup, there's little room for a diplomatic solution to the escalating crisis in Ukraine.
With an impossible coalition of ministers who want to leave the West Bank and ministers who do not want to leave the West Bank, perhaps letting the people make the tough choices could be one way to keep the Israeli government from tearing itself apart.
The diplomatic dance requires multiple players to dance with you. And Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled the world looking for dance partners — successfully, in many occasions. On the matter of Syria, though, few are cooperating.
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.
After months of preparation and diplomacy, the international Syria peace conference kicked off Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland. One issue that stood out was whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should go.
The Pentagon moved quickly to challenge a newly-declared Chinese security zone in the East China Sea. On Tuesday, two US B-52 bombers flew near a chain of Pacific islands claimed by both China and Japan.
Iran and the US are both crowing about the agreement the two sides reached over the weekend. But major US allies are unsure of what to make of it and fear the US approach to the Middle East is changing dramatically, perhaps for the worse.
With Monday's nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, and last month's nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State, President Obama has chosen a foreign policy team headed by Vietnam veterans.
Tim O'Brien is the author of the classic Vietnam-era collection The Things They Carried. O'Brien talks with anchor Marco Werman about the impact serving in Vietnam might have on the world views of Chuck Hagel and John Kerry.
The US joined 11 other nations Thursday in agreeing to "change the balance of power on the ground" in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry said the US would provide non-lethal aid to rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.