After years of stalemate, a glimmer of light for Fatah-Hamas reconciliation.
Bahrain appears to be shifting strategy from offers of dialogue to suppressing the protests. But the heavy-handed tactics seem to be merely hardening protesters' resolve.
Like other sub-Saharan African countries such as Uganda, Burkina Faso’s government seems nervous about the possibility of a protest movement gaining steam.
An underground railway project in Rome could bring Michelangelo's iconic David tumbling down because of weak marble around its ankles.
'The earthquake shook a lot of pieces loose, not the least of which were in the Japanese psyche,' said political scientist George Friedman. This will likely cause a shift in energy policy to one more dependent on others.
Many shops were destroyed by the Japan earthquake and tsunami. For food, this journalist has been reliant on the kindness of strangers, and one unlikely French cheese specialty shop.
China, Russia and the US are still solidly behind nuclear power, but European officials are asking if they can meet their energy needs without fission.
The Nikkei rose nearly 6 percent on Wednesday after two days of sharp drops, but today's gains could be short-lived if the Japan nuclear crisis worsens.