Numerous theories have surfaced for what damaged the Japanese oil tanker sailing between Oman and Iran on Thursday. Investigators say it may have been a sea mine, a pirate attack, or a collision with a submarine.
Brazil is poised to begin one of the most technically advanced deep-sea oil drills ever. The National Petroleum Agency and state-controlled oil giant Petrobras both sent teams to the Gulf to monitor the BP oil spill relief efforts.
Daily Show host Jon Stewart and Newsweek international editor Fareed Zakaria sparred off over the importance of WikiLeaks' release of classified US documents. Stewart was outraged; Zakaria was unimpressed.
Some are pointing fingers at Iran, which has threatened to close off the strategic Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions, for denting a Japanese oil tanker this week. Some 40 percent of the world's oil shipments pass through the strait.
A handful of protests were staged Thursday in Mexico against Arizona immigration law SB1070, and a Black Eyed Peas member this week joined other musicians such as Shakira and Kanye West in denouncing it.
Australian Aboriginals and environmentalists once allied to protect land. Now they’re split over whether struggling indigenous communities should exploit it for mining and other economic activity.
Russia President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an investigation into allegations that a top Kremlin official took huge bribes in connection with the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Analysts are unsure whether it's a sincere crackdown.
Guinnea-Bissau is an example of failed military reforms, despite efforts from 16 EU advisers over two years, says a Chatham House analyst. What comes next for a country that's now a major stopover point for cocaine to Europe?
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas won Arab League backing today to enter direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks – a step the US and Israel have been pushing for.
In an Islamic judicial system that has been criticized as biased against women, two women have been cleared to hear the same cases as their male colleagues in sharia court. They will join the bench on Aug. 2.
African leaders called for tougher measures against Islamist extremists in Somalia in the wake of the July 11 Uganda bombings. Eritrea is pushing for talks instead.
Japan angered abolitionists by executing two men this week, in the first hangings since the country’s center-left government took office in September. Tokyo's new government says it still has plans to review its use of the death penalty.
Governors from 19 northern states in Nigeria issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging southerner Goodluck Jonathan's right to run for president in January elections. It's potentially a big step in the racially divided country.
Arizona immigration law targeting immigrants has already encouraged Mexicans to begin returning home, even as a US judge halted key portions of SB1070 from taking effect. The Mexico government is boosting legal services in Arizona, and shelters in Sonora state are preparing for an influx.
A China flood, oil spill, and chemical factory explosion highlighted the country's improved crisis response. But China still faces challenges as it tries to strike a balance between economic growth and protecting the environment.
WikiLeaks intelligence led Britain Prime Minister David Cameron to imply that Pakistan is 'exporting terror.' He is refusing to back down from the statement, despite Pakistan's quick rebuttal and criticism.
In the Afghanistan war, it's quantity vs. quality: The USAID battle for hearts and minds is being lost just as President Obama's 'civilian surge' prepares to more than double annual assistance to $5 billion.
In the Afghanistan war for hearts and minds, foreign assistance succeeded when a village decided to go from torches to light bulbs
One battle in the other Afghanistan war: How a mismanaged $60 million USAID project alienated those it aimed to help.
After a decade of cancellations due to terrorist threats and bombings, a professional surfing competition may be returning to the perfect waves of the Bay of Grajagan, Indonesia.