Ten years ago, at the crack of a new millennium, the United Nations gave the world's poorest countries 15 years to halve their poverty rates, reverse the spread of AIDS, enroll 100 percent of their children in elementary schools, and give 100 percent of their pregnant women access to medical care. Since then, these Millennium Development Goals have been the benchmarks for aid agencies, and the yardstick against which democracies and autocrats alike can measure their progress. A decade into the program, analysts concede that many of these ambitious goals won't be reached. But which ones might? Who's winning the race to 2015?
Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi (c.) greets US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 19, 2012, as President Barack Obama watches. Obama is the first sitting US president to visit the Asian nation.
Senegal is a critical junction for US dialogue with the Muslim world. Reaction there to the NYC mosque debate has potentially far-reaching implications for the battle against Al Qaeda.
Cement may lack the luster of diamonds or the geopolitics of oil, but it forms the foundation of what might be Africa’s industrial big bang. Now China is moving in, undercutting African producers.
Homeless dogs Lelya (l.) and Hatiko pose during their wedding ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday. The ceremony was organized by Ukraine's first ever dogs' wedding agency to raise awareness of the nation's homeless animals.
Senegal is now the second country in Africa, following Ghana, where cellphone users can text an SMS to a Gchat account and receive a response for free.
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?
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.
Bastille Day in France becomes a less lavish affair this year, as the country tries to keep a lid on spending.