Despite indications last week that it might take a harder line on North Korea over the North's apparent sinking of South Korea's Cheonan warship, China now appears unwilling to censure its Communist ally.
As voters line up for today's Colombia election, many will cast their ballots based on how the candidates will handle strained relations with neighboring Venezuela and its fiery leftist leader, Hugo Chavez.
Arab nations finally won agreement from the US and the other nuclear powers to take the first step toward banning nuclear weapons from the Middle East. Now, the next move is Israel's.
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez threatened to shut down trade if Colombian presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos wins the May 30 Colombia elections.
American Jonathan Trappe set the world record for the first successful cluster balloon flight across the English Channel today.
Low turnout in protest rallies Thursday signal that Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise France's retirement age from 60 to 62 is likely to succeed. Other European nations are moving from age 65 to 67.
Kenya judges ruled this week that an Islamic ‘khadi’ court system that could expand under the new constitution is discriminatory. Human rights advocates say the issue has been ‘hijacked’ by those opposed to the draft constitution.
As a Gaza humanitarian flotilla carrying some 800 demonstrators and 10,000 tons of goods approaches its destination, Israeli officials are applying lessons learned from the previous eight Palestinian aid flotillas. But officials don't expect the Israeli message to win the media campaign.
Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus – a mathematician, philosopher, and former mayor Bogotá – has seen a surge in popularity in the Colombia election. What sets him apart, he tells the Monitor, is his 'decency.'
After a landmark court ruling, Israel's army today allowed Palestinians access to Road 443 for the first time in eight years. But they are still barred from using the road to get to Ramallah and Jerusalem – a 'farce' of the ruling, said one activist.
North Korea tensions are reportedly behind Japan Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's unpopular decision to keep the US base on Okinawa. But the move will damage his party's prospects in the July election.
Álvaro Uribe brought security to a nation that once inspired Hollywood drug-trafficking film 'Clear and Present Danger.' But his scandals could sink would-be successor Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia's May 30 presidential vote.
During Friday prayers, Taliban militants stormed two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, killing at least 80 worshippers of the Ahmadi Islamic sect. Why are they targeting the Ahmadis?
Is China leaning toward supporting sanctions against North Korea? China’s Premier Wen Jiabao discussed with South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak the evidence of the Cheonan warship sinking. Japan, China, and South Korea meet this weekend.
Nearly three months after the March 7 Iraq election, Iraqis are waiting for 100,000 new jobs to be filled and face backlogs in everything from obtaining permits to registering for pensions. Some complain their vote was 'worthless.'
This week's arrest of Cancun mayor Gregorio Sanchez, who was running for governor, is prompting accusations that Mexico's President Felipe Calderon is targeting opposition party officials in his war against corruption and drug cartels. What does the record show?
Rebel Maoists in eastern India are suspected of causing a passenger train to derail and collide with an oncoming freight train in West Bengal Friday. It would be their third deadly attack in two months, signaling the insurgency's growing momentum.
The reported death of Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Maulana Fazlullah brought relief to family members of his victims in Pakistan's Swat Valley, which he once ruled with an iron hand. But the Taliban deny he's dead.
The Jamaican police manhunt for alleged drug lord Dudus Coke, which has 74 dead in Kingston fighting, continued Thursday. If Mr. Coke is caught, will it change the role of Jamaica's criminal dons?
Polls reveal that up to 70 percent of the Tajikistan population longs for the Soviet Union era. Industrial output is a fraction of 1990 levels, and some 2 million Tajiks have emigrated to Russia in search of work.