April 4, 2013 Cairo is negotiating with the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8 billion loan to help pull Egypt out of its deep economic crisis. The government subsidizes wheat and fuel but is running out of money to purchase these crucial imports, and Egyptians are feeling the pinch.
April 4, 2013 Rumors abound of a major shakeup in the works for U.S. food aid programs. The U.S. would give aid groups money to buy food wherever they could get it cheapest and quickest, rather than shipping abroad commodities bought in the U.S. Already, groups that profit from the current system are mounting a fight.
April 3, 2013 The embassy tweeted a link to Stewart's monologue mocking Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The tweet offended the Egyptians, so the embassy deleted its entire Twitter account. It then restored the feed without the offending tweet.
April 3, 2013 Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba's new vice president, has been tapped to take over from Raul Castro when he steps down as president in 2018. The 52-year-old former education minister is relatively unknown outside his home province, but is now on a campaign to increase his national exposure.
April 3, 2013 The United States and Russia have been at odds over human rights, Syria and even the adoption of Russian orphans by American families. But former U.S. envoys who met with officials in Moscow this week say they found "a willingness to explore ideas" and urged cooperation on economic and security issues.
April 3, 2013 As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear strikes on South Korea, Japan and the U.S., there is a new determination across the region to adopt a tougher line. There's talk now in Japan and South Korea that they should have nuclear weapons of their own — a position the U.S. opposes.
April 3, 2013 South Korean companies employ about 55,000 North Koreans at the Kaesong Industrial Complex. But the North has blocked trucks and workers from the South, as Kim Jong Un's regime continues to express its displeasure with U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
April 3, 2013 Thousands of unexploded World War II-era bombs are believed to still be buried in Germany. More than 800 people were evacuated from the area today as experts worked.
April 3, 2013 The North's move to block South Korean workers from getting to a jointly run factory park is a familiar way for the communist state to show its displeasure. But it comes at a time when tensions are as high as they've been in years. And the North's new leader is inexperienced at this diplomatic game.