Economic and political crises have continued escalating throughout months-long protests – a situation President Nicolás Maduro says can only be fixed with a new assembly, and a new constitution. Critics call it a final turning point away from democracy.
North Korea's missile test on Tuesday suggests the rogue nation may have dramatically expanded its missile range. They can't yet reach the continental United States, but doing so is only a matter of time, defense experts say.
President Michel Temer was expected to bring stability to a country reeling in the wake of a wide-ranging corruption scandal. But plea-bargain testimony from that case now appears to implicate him, as well, complicating Brazil's road to recovery.
ISIS's ambition for an Islamic caliphate has suffered significant setbacks in Iraq and Syria, but analysts warn that a spate of attacks, from Britain to Iran to the Philippines, shows the jihadist group is hardly defeated.
The Latin American country is seeing some of the largest antigovernment protests in nearly three decades, as the pressures of severe shortages combine with increasingly authoritarian tactics from the Maduro administration.
Home prices are rising to pre-recession levels, and there are more new homes selling, too. Yet the housing supply is not meeting demand in some regions, which is raising prices too high for certain buyers.
Even as many countries grapple with issues ranging from rising populism to drought, some states stand out for their unwillingness or inability to offer proper governance – which could have a destabilizing effect beyond their borders.
Seen as China's most powerful leader in decades, President Xi could secure his hold for years to come at the next Party Congress. In the South China Sea, a potential flashpoint, Beijing has already signaled its dominance.
Assailed first by a debt crisis, then acting as a front line in Europe’s migrant crisis, Greece has had an extremely difficult few years. Yet it has avoided civil conflict and has remained in the eurozone, contrary to many expectations.
Supporters of charter schools, vouchers, and other forms of school choice anticipate a friendlier climate with President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos to serve as secretary of Education.
Protesters have periodically taken to the streets amid economic and political turmoil, with as many as 1 million flooding Caracas earlier this month to demand a presidential recall referendum before a key date in January.