BERLIN - Moments of mass euphoria, wonderful as they are for those involved, do not always explain history. And for me, too many issues and questions remain unexplained or simply unasked.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution opposing any "endorsement or further consideration" of the UN Goldstone report, but the action is unlikely to have long-term significance.
Throughout India and South Asia people participated in the International Day of Climate Action, Oct. 24, which was organized to bring attention to the necessity of reducing global warming gasses, especially carbon dioxide, from the current 380 parts per million to 350 ppm.
350.org, founded by author and activist Bill McKibben, sponsored over 5,200 events in 181 countries on Oct. 24.
Some 3,000 climate change action events will take place in more than 150 countries on Oct. 24.
When four U.S. troops were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan Aug. 25, it made 2009 the deadliest year for foreign troops there since the 2001 U.S. invasion.
Somalia's civil war is intensifying as Islamist insurgents hit back at government attacks on rebel-held territory.
Afghanistan is increasingly in the spotlight, as the time approaches for the Obama administration to make public the results of its comprehensive review of strategic policy there.
Leading scientists warned a US conference on climate change at the weekend that the rate of global warming has been seriously underestimated.