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.
A new Constitution that took effect Friday sets Kenya on a path toward reducing tribal differences – and violence. Other nations with ethnic rivalries can learn from it.
The Great Recession forced consumers and states to correct bad habits. But other lessons still need to be learned to strengthen America.
The Obama administration's military escalation in Yemen, where an Al Qaeda affiliate has become more dangerous, needs careful watching by Congress. Otherwise Yemen, like Afghanistan, might become an American quagmire.
It's premature to declare 'mission accomplished,' and many Americans didn't support the Iraq war. Yet it seems right to somehow honor these returning soldiers.
Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians next week could be easily derailed. Concrete steps of support are needed -- by Arab states, the United States, the international community, and most of all, Netanyahu and Abbas.
The odd-fellow coalition of Conservative David Cameron and Liberal-Democrat Nick Clegg has laid down radical markets for redistributing power, reviving the private sector, and trimming back bloated spending. So far, they've hung together.
The US has increased aid to Pakistan for the flood disaster. Saudi Arabia has, too. But other Muslim countries and big-ally China lag.
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are draining taxpayers and face extinction. Obama is due to present reforms in housing policy by January. One consensus: more help for renters.
The planned Islamic center near New York City's Ground Zero is trapped in forces far larger than the project itself. All sides in this debate would do well to read President Obama's 2009 speech in Cairo about US-Muslim relations.
This milestone by China in besting Japan as the world's second-largest economy only adds to the concerns of other Asian nations about China's aggressive expansion. They welcome Obama's shift toward countering China as the dominant player in Asia.