The oil-rich former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan has yet to hold an election that Western observers agree is fair, despite 20 years of democracy.
The Egyptian flag can be seen painted on billboards, featured in advertisements and worn as head scarves in sweeping statements of national pride.
Former military leaders and a failed presidential candidate all pose threats to unity of Democratic Republic of Congo military, says guest blogger Fidel Bafilemba.
A poor Central American country, Honduras, is pondering creating a new semi-independent 'charter city' that would play by different rules and become an engine for economic growth.
The missile-defense drill had been trumpeted as showing US commitment to Israel's security. Some Israeli officials criticize President Obama for excessive caution in an election year.
As Kenya attempts to pacify the Islamist Al Shabab movement in Somalia, issues of poverty and security may go unaddressed back home, says guest blogger Alex Thurston.
In Israel, most Ethiopian Jews are trapped at the bottom of society in dead-end jobs. Asher Elias gives them high-tech training to boost their upward mobility.
To become an economic powerhouse, India needs to educate as many as 100 million young people over the next 10 years – something never done before.