The inauguration was front page news in most newspapers, the lead story on newscasts and current affairs programs around the globe. We hear first about reactions in Europe and Asia from The World's Laura Lynch.
Many Spaniards did not appreciate being singled out in Wednesday night's presidential debate. Governor Mitt Romney portrayed Spain as synonymous with economic incompetence and described it as being overly dependent on government aid.
One country watching the US presidential election with interest is China. The World's Mary Kay Magistad talks with ordinary Chinese citizens to get their opinions on the US-China relationship, and how that could be impacted by either candidate.
John McCain made his first visit to Israel today as the presumptive republican presidential candidate; McCain visited the southern Israeli town of Sderot, which has been the target of Palestinian rockets fired from across the border in Gaza
Presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama, has called for direct diplomacy with friend and foe alike, and among the foes of the Bush administration is Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela;