Mugabe rejected accusations that he is in poor health in an interview last week, but a lack of public appearances fueled further speculation that he is ill and may not be in power much longer.
The latest US drone attack killed 14 suspected militants in Pakistan, bringing the number of people killed by drones in September alone to 75 as the US targets the Haqqani network.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas plan to meet again Wednesday in Jerusalem for Israeli-Palestinian talks that are threatened by a dispute over settlement building.
The end goal of the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is two separate, sovereign states. Palestinians say that the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, deemed illegal by the United Nations, influence the outcome of such talks. With more than 300,000 Israelis now living in such settlements, Israel expects to keep at least some of them under a final peace deal – possibly as part of a land swap. An estimated three-quarters of Israeli settlers live on a relatively small percentage of the West Bank, most of them in communities adjacent to Israel proper. Some of them are ideologically driven and some are attracted by the low cost of living; many are motivated by a combination of the two. Here are the five most populous settlements in the West Bank.
Egypt is seeking to burnish its role as an American ally as it hosts Israeli-Palestinian peace talks today – a calculation some says plays into Mubarak's succession strategy.
In recent weeks, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian government has allowed posters with the slogan 'Gamal Mubarak: dream of the poor' to be posted around Cairo.
American hiker Sarah Shourd's release was supposed to be a 'gift' from Ahmadinejad, who heads to the United Nations next week amid intense international pressure. But his actions riled conservatives in Iran.
A Japanese photographer seeks to remind those who have moved to urban areas of the charms of daily life in their hometowns.
Nigeria – the No. 3 supplier of US oil – says that by 2012 the country will be growing by 10 percent per year. Some economists agree.
The Russian authorities have been using antipiracy laws to target government critics, and local activists say Microsoft officials have aided in the process.
Israel doesn't oppose a US arms deal that would send advanced aircraft to Saudi Arabia, which is increasingly seen as essential to containing Iran's nuclear ambitions.
While the world focuses on the upcoming South Sudan referendum, the Sudanese government is making plans that could worsen the lives of 3 million Darfuris.
Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan was reelected head of the ruling Democratic Party on Tuesday, surviving a challenge from scandal-tainted Ichiro Ozawa and sparing Japan another leadership change.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faces an urgent test of mediation savvy in Israeli-Palestinian talks, which could break down over the settlement freeze set to expire Sept. 26.
A website in China promises to deliver gripes to President Hu Jintao. Just don't write anything that 'undermines the state.' Or misspell excessively.
With no end to the fishing boat dispute in sight, relations between Asia's two biggest economies are in danger of backsliding.
Cuba announced Monday that 500,000 government jobs will be cut by next year and that more private enterprise will be tolerated. The changes go further than economic opening of the 1990s.