The ruling elite of North Korea meet this week and may anoint a successor to Kim Jong-il -- possibly his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, who was made a military general. This leadership transition, however, won't go easily. China needs to stop propping up a weak, violent regime.
At the UN, Obama put his presidency on the line with his hopeful statements about the fragile Middle East peace talks. But now is exactly the time for risk taking. Above all, by Abbas and Netanyahu.
President Obama's speeches at the UN and his new policy for US aid show a strong pitch for leadership in lifting up the world's poor. Fortunately, his recent experience with job creation at home is helping him to look to the private sector for sustainable global growth.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears close to approving the 'frankenfish' salmon. That raises all sorts of questions.
Japan's arrest of a Chinese fishing captain in disputed waters reveals sharp tensions over regional dominance. The incident requires a calm resolution.
The BP oil well has been officially pronounced dead. But this is by no means the end -- either of this case or of the work needed to prepare for any future spill.
The US won't label China a currency manipulator, but Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sure comes out swinging on theft of US inventions. Such theft includes a plan to force foreign electric-carmakers to hand over their technology.
A new study shows that women have doubled their years in the classroom, to an average of 7.1 the world over. That has profound economic and societal benefits, and has contributed to a big drop in child mortality.
Japan's move to devalue the yen and China's continued currency manipulation show a global drive to grow economies with more exports. Will Obama be just as tough in boosting US exports and creating jobs?
Both India and Pakistan have ample reason to settle the longstanding dispute over divided Kashmir, which is boiling after a summer of violent clashes between protesters and Indian security forces.
Obama finally gets engaged with Africa's largest country, one on a knife edge over a referendum that would divide it. His prized peacemaking skills are on trial.
Largely Muslim Turkey is split over a referendum on changes to the Constitution. Once again, critics warn of the secular state going Islamic. Prime Minister Erdogan needs to build trust among those who fear he and his religious party have a secret agenda.
The planned burning of Korans by a small Florida church led by Terry Jones ignores US success against terrorism by working with Muslims and seeing Islam as peaceful.
The United Nations admits its peacekeepers failed to protect victims of mass rape in eastern Congo. In an area where rape has become a weapon of war, the UN's pledge to 'do better' must be more than a promise.
Among the many ideas from Obama for creating jobs, one deserves a serious debate: a national infrastructure bank that can tap private capital and would back highway and rail projects based on merit.
The jobs outlook is not especially sizzlin' this Labor Day, as unemployment creeps up to 9.6 percent. But private-sector jobs are growing, and President Obama is wisely considering tax cuts for small business.
The path of hurricane Earl up the East Coast may bring fear and panic instead of calm preparation. Coastal residents can adopt an attitude that can meet nature's challenges.
President Sarkozy of France is being criticized and praised for deporting Roma. He says they are in the country illegally and are committing crimes. The drama shares similarities with the US illegal immigration debate, but not on all levels.
The tough economic sanctions set by President Obama against North Korea and its elite are a risky move, but they are set amid a new US strategy to stand up to China and its expanding influence in Asia.
This week, Obama addresses the nation on Iraq and Afghanistan and restarts direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. His challenge is to show enough progress to inspire support on these long-term commitments, from the American public and the players themselves.