Israel has never been more isolated. Its best friend, the United States, had vetoed 41 Security Council resolutions condemning Israel in the past three decades, but was about to vote for the Jan. 8 resolution denouncing the attack on Gaza when President Bush intervened, at the behest of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
There were no cheers in the Ranoush Café in Gaza City when Barack Obama was inaugurated. A few dozen young Palestinians watched the proceedings on one of the place's four televisions, listening to Al-Jazeera's Arabic voice-over as they sucked on Hubbly Bubblies, which are big water pipes with burning charcoal in the bowl.
A blanket of secrecy surrounds a sensational British criminal case.
The global war on terror isn't going so well on the judicial front. Last week a London jury failed to convict eight British Muslims of a suicide plot to smuggle sports drinks full of explosives aboard transatlantic flights—the initial catalyst for banning liquids and creams onboard ever since.
The U.S. military helped reopen several public pools in steamy Baghdad this summer, restoring some normalcy for beleaguered residents. But the openings were not without problems.
Will Zimbabwe's strongman be allowed to stay in office now that he's signed an agreement with the opposition leader?
For beleaguered Zimbabweans, a slight respite as Mugabe makes waves at the African Union summit in Egypt.