Berlin's reluctance to act militarily on moral grounds is well known. But over the past week, a series of investigations and the release of a confidential government report have shown that the German military is in a sorry state.
Pakistan's military has responded to Taliban attacks with air strikes in the tribal belt near the Afghan border. But it lacks a comprehensive strategy for combating the militant group.
The Syrian opposition group's charter forbid direct contact with the Assad regime. Now it's trading accusations face-to-face at peace talks in Switzerland.
The agreement reached Sunday between Iran and world powers merely formalizes the November Geneva accord. But it's notable that they defied fierce US congressional opposition.
Emergency relief aid poured in immediately after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. But as the UN turns to long-term recovery, there is little money floating around.
Relocating US Marines on the Japanese island is a political hot potato that has been tossed before.
With the help of its allies, the Syrian Army has regained critical territory from armed rebels. But talk of victory obscures the fact that parts of the country may be irretrievable.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon says Israel is on its own in facing the threat from Iran. Previously, he opposed a unilateral Israeli strike.
Libya's government depends on oil revenue, which has slowed precipitously since militiamen took over the oil fields last summer. But there's no need to panic (yet).
British and unionist Northern Irish officials expressed dismay over the collapse of an IRA bombing trial in London over a letter informing the suspect he was not to be tried.
One cartel king behind bars is reason to celebrate. But the outlook is complicated.
Conditions attached to the offer could place Ukraine once again at the center of tug-a-war between the West and Russia.
The Obama administration had previously used 'dismantle' to describe a final deal on Iran's nuclear program, but this went down badly with Iran. Obama said he would veto any new sanctions.
A Mandarin duck swims in Central Park in New York on Dec. 5. In the weeks since it appeared in Central Park, the duck has become a celebrity.
UN peacekeepers are talking to military representatives on both sides of the border after the first fatality in three years.
The Catalonian government announced today that it will hold an independence referendum next November. But that may not even be legal.
Only 14 percent of ordinary Chinese and 1 percent of military respondents hope their country will become the single world leader, according to a study released today.
Territorial disputes and China's air defense identification zone have focused new attention on the question.
French President Hollande promised a short intervention. But the killing of two French soldiers signals a tough task ahead.
Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority will exchange water from filtration plants to feed thirsty towns and agriculture. A more ambitious plan for a new canal is still up in the air.
A massive aid effort is underway in the Philippines to help the survivors of a destructive storm.