China sent a deep-water oil rig into Vietnamese marine territory, along with 80 ships, including military vessels, infuriating Vietnam, which has been trying to resolve the crisis diplomatically.
Yasuni National Park is home to many sensitive animal species, as well as two indigenous communities, and is considered one of the most biodiverse places in the world.
Over 3.7 million people in this new African nation of 11 million are at severe risk of starvation, and a UN official coordinating humanitarian aid in South Sudan says "we're in a race against time."
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government is facing its biggest challenge since his electoral victory on April 14, 2013 - still unrecognized by the U.S. government.
Hopefully the recent ceasefire agreement between the warring parties in South Sudan will halt that country's downward spiral into civil war.
The measure will allow foreign multinational corporations to explore, drill and sell Mexican oil and gas.
Grassroots protests against the despotic regime of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir continue, and the government is feeling its hold slipping.
Powerful and wealthy opponents-from the halls of Congress to Middle East capitals-are maneuvering to torpedo negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.
A train carrying crude and petroleum derailed and caused explosions near the Canadian village of Gainford, Alberta, forcing the entire community to evacuate, and firefighters have decided they must let the resulting blaze burn itself out.
The language the administration is using to argue for an attack on Syria is morally bankrupt power politics, not humanitarianism, and would violate international law.