The presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for peace talks on Tuesday, even as their respective armies continued to fight along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Ukraine believes that it's close to military victory over pro-Russian separatists, but an influx of Russian soldiers may change that.
The drumbeat for action against Syria has grown louder, with Syria promising to strike back at Israel if it's attacked by the west. But in Israel, the government is saying it will strike back hard if Syria strikes -- and it's pushing for western airstrikes because of what it sees as the bigger picture.
Israel's prime minister is warning that his country will strike back if Syria attacks the Jewish state. The threat comes after two and a half years of official Israeli silence on Syria's civil war. The Syrian regime responded with a threat of its own.
President Barack Obama has selected United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to replace National Security Adviser Tom Donlion, who stepped down Wednesday morning -- sooner than most predicted. In Rice's place, Obama selected Samantha Power, a former journalist and human rights activist who supported intervention in Libya.
There are reports today that Susan Rice might be President-elect Obama's choice for ambassador to the United Nations. The World's Jeb Sharp has more on the next president's emerging foreign policy team.
Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi was recently freed from a Scottish prison to return home to Libya. What has the reaction been in Libya to his return? The Takeaway talks to Rana Jawad, the North Africa correspondent for the BBC.
Since mid-March of this year, pro-democracy protests have engulfed most of Syria. On Tuesday, Susan Rice, the United States' ambassador to the UN, blasted China and Russia for vetoing a resolution condemning the violence of the Assad government.