Vitali Klitschko has emerged as one of Ukraine's most popular opposition figures, in part because he earned his wealth in the ring and appears to be untouched by the country's corruption scandals. The boxer known as "Dr. Ironfist" has his eye on the presidency, but there are concerns about his lack of experience.
Very few internal or cross-border disputes these days stay hidden from the wider world. Friendly nations end up embroiled in others' wars and neighbors become peacemakers. This is where we look at our connections during chaos and calm.
Many Syrians fled their country and took refuge just across the border, planning to wait out the war. But now, a growing number are working with smugglers to get to northern Europe. The Syrians say they see no end in sight to the civil war and want to start a new life.
What's a fobbit? How about rumint? And then there's a self-licking ice cream cone. A dozen years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have spawned a whole new military vocabulary.
In 2000, Auliya Atrafi paid thousands of dollars and risked his life to escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. He spent 12 years in England, but recently returned to his homeland, where he is trying to readjust to — and change — life in a conservative society.
Video footage from the attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall in September appeared to show security forces looting stores in the middle of the deadly siege. The revelation shocked even Kenyans jaded by reports of corruption. But police officials tell a different story: one of good behavior going unrewarded, which forces out many ambitious would-be civil servants.
The U.S. wants to nail down a security deal that would allow a limited number of troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. But American officials say the Afghan president keeps making new demands and could put the deal in jeopardy.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been an outspoken critic of the interim nuclear deal with Iran. Top Israeli security officials will arrive in Washington as early as next week to confer with administration officials on the prospects of a permanent agreement.
The president has often spoken about making a pivot to Asia. But he keeps being drawn to the Middle East. The president's legacy on foreign policy will likely be determined by what ultimately happens in this volatile region.
Demonstrators gathered in Kiev's Independence Square over the government's decision to delay a landmark association agreement with the European Union. In other news, South Africa's media defy the government and publish photos of the president's home, and a new islet forms near Tokyo.
Seven EU countries said they would form a club to produce military drones. The European project would join drones made by the U.S., Israel and more recently China.