The most powerful gun lobby in the US has ruled out any support for greater regulation of firearms after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre.
Despite international protest, Israel is going ahead with settlement plans to build 3 000 homes in a critical area of the West Bank.
Young voters, women, blacks and Hispanics took Barack Obama into the White House in 2008, but white working-class males could decide whether he stays.
Tropical Storm Isaac, expected to become a hurricane on Sunday, has forced a delay to the main events of the Republican convention in Florida.
Mistrust between Pakistan and the United States deepened on Tuesday as the US admitted Pakistan was not told about the Osama bin Laden raid.
Among the cracked colonial houses that litter the beautiful Haitian beach resort of Jacmel, a resilient people dare to hope as they rebuild.
US and key allies urge actions as well as words in a wary response to Iran's surprise U-turn on proposals to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel.
Suave, English and debonair: a spy with a dated attitude to women and often in trouble with his superiors. No, the name's not Bond, James Bond, but Ian Fleming, the creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent. Fleming died 40 years ago on Thursday at the age of 56 after penning 14 Bond novels, which have sold more than 65-million copies worldwide and have been translated into at least 36 languages.
The climate of impunity in Africa must be urgently addressed if widespread human rights abuses are to be stemmed, Amnesty International said on Wednesday in its annual report.