Since the start of the conflict in Syria, international observers have been watching the government of President Bashar al-Assad for signs that the once-feared regime might be vulnerable to overthrow. Despite Syrian efforts to crush the rebels and to stifle news out of the country, this past week has shown the strongest evidence yet that the end of the Assad regime may be near. Here are five signs that the Syrian conflict may finally be tipping in favor of the rebels.
Ukraine's new president-elect Petro Poroshenko faces a stiff challenge in prosecuting an "anti-terrorist" operation in eastern Ukraine, where a border patrol camp has come under heavy fire.
A local social network has offered him a job. Meanwhile, the decision to grant him asylum is still rattling US-Russia relations.
Russian officials are avoiding inflammatory language as they talk about the case of Ryan Fogle, a US diplomat suspected of being a CIA agent.
Dagestan and the rest of the Caucasus republics of Russia have been the site of a long-running Islamic insurgency against Moscow and its local allies. A bombing and separate shooting killed six today.