The Afghan school girl 'poisonings' bear a striking resemblance to past cases of mass hysteria, particularly one in Palestine in 1983.
Parwan Province, home of NATO's massive Bagram Air Field, had been thought secure. This weekend, it hosted a Taliban-style public execution of a woman for adultery.
The Bashir administration's hold on power is precarious. But you won't see that story on TV news or your newspaper's front page.
The Venezuelan government and opposition are competing to promise security to voters leading up to the October election, but some warn a defeat for Chávez could unleash further violence.
Support for further negotiated solutions with the Assad regime in Syria appears to be waning among world powers, however.