As Obama prepares for a longer commitment in Afghanistan, he must also convince allies convening at this weekend's NATO summit in Lisbon to extend their support.
Representatives of 13 countries are meeting in Russia to outline plans to double the wild tiger population, currently as low as 3,200.
Al Qaeda-linked terror threats in Europe this fall put intelligence and security forces, as well as the public, on edge. Most recently, Germany ramped up its security in anticipation of a possible attack. Below, an overview of those threats and incidents:
Ireland is negotiating with the European finance officials over an aid package that could come with strings attached.
Syrians flagrantly violate Syria's ban on Facebook, which is blocked by the government's firewall, and government actions indicate it keeps a close eye on the site as well.
Madagascar mutineers announced a coup attempt Wednesday, the same day the unstable country held a constitutional referendum. But there has been no movement from the coup leaders.
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and his family are not expected to be allowed to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. But China's opposition to the award has brought even more attention to it, some say.
Global warming has taken an outsized toll on many African countries. But with world uranium demand rising, there may be a way to recoup some of the losses.
As NATO officials prepare to meet in Lisbon on Friday, Afghans are watching. Many would like to see NATO forces here take Karzai more seriously.
Cambodian Muslims, primarily from the Cham ethnic group, were persecuted under the Khmer Rouge. Next year, a museum will open that tells their story.
Guinea is divided by ethnicity, and Conde's opponent is framing his challenge to the presidential election results in ethnic terms. Violence has followed.
A NATO meeting in Lisbon Friday will redefine the organization for 21st century threats. But Afghanistan will also be a focus as Karzai has stepped up criticism of NATO.
Iran missile system: Iran tested a new air-defense system and lashed out at NATO as the military alliance prepared to meet this weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. Iran has long sought homegrown air defenses.
Airport police in Namibia discovered a suitcase with batteries, wires, and a ticking clock. It was a security test, German police have discovered, though who planted the suspicious bag is unknown.
Gazans from Hamas and Fatah have overcome the deep political divide to reopen sports clubs, many of which Hamas had turned into police stations and military bases.
The first graduate program in Kurdish language and culture is a rare bright spot in Turkey's initiative to improve the cultural rights of its Kurdish minority, whose language was banned for decades.
Everyone's buzzing about the Tuesday announcement of Prince William's engagement to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. How closely have you been following the coverage? Take the quiz.
In a speech in Azerbaijan, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that foreign complaints about a woman sentenced to death for adultery and over Iran's nuclear program could jeopardize talks scheduled for next month.
The decision to withdraw Israeli troops from Ghajar comes more than four years after Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon's militant Shiite Hezbollah ended.
A United Nations index takes a multidimensional look at poverty and finds spikes from 'rising tiger' India to Hungary.