US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell visited Jerusalem and Ramallah this week to begin indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks. Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly willing to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, but Mahmoud Abbas wants a permanent Israeli settlement freeze.
This year's Red Square parade - which included soldiers from four NATO countries, including the US - was the most elaborate since the collapse of the Soviet Union almost 20 years ago.
A set of Rwanda grenade blasts Thursday night, along with the exile of a Rwandan ambassador accused of a previous grenade attack last month, underscore political unrest and add a glint of danger to the September elections.
Germany has won every Olympics medal in women's luge this century. But their dynasty has come under pressure from US luger Erin Hamlin, who ended Germans' 99-win streak at World Championships last year.
Iran has stepped up arrests and told Iranian journalists that they'll be dealt with as 'spies' if they work for foreign news outlets, in an apparent attempt to tighten information flows ahead of Green Movement protests scheduled for Thursday.
In the central Nigerian city of Jos, at least 260 people have reportedly died during fighting between Christians and Muslims.
With a new board, government broadcasters like Voice of America could thrive again.